15 Best Places in US to Celebrate Oktoberfest: Festivals

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It’s Oktoberfest season!

When it comes to celebrating the lively spirit of Oktoberfest, you don’t have to book a flight to Munich to enjoy the festivities. The United States boasts a vibrant array of American Oktoberfests –  celebrations that capture the essence of Bavarian culture, complete with traditional music, hearty food, and of course, plenty of beer for your stein hoisting.

So grab your lederhosen or dirndl, raise your beer stein, and join in the revelry at one of these fantastic festivals. Prost!

women in bavarian attire with mugs of beer

1. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio

Known as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States, this event boasts authentic German food and music, and lots of German beer. It even features the World’s Largest Chicken Dance!

Date: September 14-17, 2023

Location: 5th Street (downtown), Cincinnati

Website: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

2. Oktoberfest by the Bay – San Francisco, California

Held on the San Francisco waterfront, this festival offers stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge as backdrop to traditional Bavarian music, dance, and cuisine.

Date: September 20-22, 2023

Location: Pier 35, San Francisco

Website: Oktoberfest by the Bay

3. Denver Oktoberfest – Denver, Colorado

Celebrating its 51st year, this event features a massive biergarten (beer gardens), live music, and quirky contests like the Long Dog Derby.

Date: September 22-24, and September 29-October 1, 2023

Location: Downtown Denver

Website: Denver Oktoberfest

4. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest – Big Bear Lake, California

Nestled in the mountains, this festival offers an Alpine village experience with Bavarian oompah bands, dancing, and an array of German and local beers.

Date: Weekends September 9-November 4, 2023

Location: Big Bear Lake Convention Center

Website: Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

5. Oktoberfest Northwest – Puyallup, Washington

With a focus on authentic German beer and food, this event includes traditional entertainment like yodeling, polka dancing, wiener dog races  and a Bavarian village.

​Date: October 6-8, 2023

LocationWashington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup

Website: Oktoberfest Northwest

6. Mount Angel Oktoberfest – Mount Angel, Oregon

Recognized for its welcoming atmosphere, this annual event showcases traditional German foods and music, dances, food vendors, and an impressive beer selection.

​Date: September 14-17, 2023

LocationDowntown Mt. Angel

Website: Mount Angel Oktoberfest

7. Projekt Bayern Oktoberfest – Wenatchee, Washington

Transforming the town into a Bavarian paradise, this event offers multiple weekends of Oktoberfest events, including entertainment, including live music and traditional games. This annual festival was previously held in Leavenworth, moving to Wenatchee in 2019.

Date: September 29-30, October 6-7, 13-14, 2023

LocationTown Toyota Center, Wenatchee

Website: Projekt Bayern Oktoberfest

8. Oktoberfest Vermont – Burlington, Vermont

Located in the scenic Green Mountains, this festival combines Bavarian traditions with Vermont flair, featuring craft beer and delicious food. The fun activities return after a Covid absence.

Date: September 22-23, 2023

LocationWaterfront Park, Burlington

Website: Oktoberfest Vermont

9. Addison Oktoberfest – Addison, Texas

Claiming to have the “largest Munich-style biergarten,” this event offers authentic German music, folk dancing, and tasty bratwurst. Events include the Dachsund Dash, Bier Barrel Rolling (beer barrel rolling), and a beer stein race.

Date: September 14-17, 2023

Location: Addison Circle Park, Addison

Website: Addison Oktoberfest

10. Frankenmuth Oktoberfest – Frankenmuth, Michigan

Set in a charming Bavarian-themed village, this festival boasts German-style beer, polka music, and contests like the “chicken dance-off.”

​Date: September 14-17, 2023

LocationHeritage Park, Frankenmuth

Website: Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

11. La Crosse Oktoberfest – La Crosse, Wisconsin

A highlight is the Maple Leaf Parade, featuring elaborate floats, marching bands, and traditional costumes, along with amusement rides and beer tents. A highlight of this end of September event is the craft beer night.

Date: September 28-30, 2023

Locationvarious location around La Crosse, including Copeland Park and the Oktoberfest Grounds.

Website: La Crosse Oktoberfest

12. Oktoberfest U.S.A. – Appleton, Wisconsin

Kicking off with the License to Cruise (a classic car show) and the ceremonial tapping of the keg, this Oktoberfest features plenty of music, cultural exhibits, and a variety of German and domestic beers.

Date: September 29-30, 2023

Location: Downtown Appleton

Website: Oktoberfest U.S.A.

13. Oktoberfest Tampa – Tampa, Florida

This festival provides a tropical twist on Oktoberfest, offering German music, beer, and dancing in a sunny Florida setting. Traditional food will food, including schnitzel, spatzle, bratwurst, and more.

Date: October 13-15, 2023

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa

Website: Oktoberfest Tampa

14. St. Al’s Oktoberfest – Chicago, Illinois

One of Chicago’s most popular fall celebrations, this neighborhood celebration features an impressive music lineup and craft beer tasting. 

Date: September 22-24, 2023

LocationSt. Alphonsus church (West Lakeview), Chicago

Website: St. Al’s Oktoberfest

15. Snowbird Oktoberfest – Snowbird, Utah

This Oktoberfest is weeks of fun for the whole family, featuring activities, live bands, traditional Bavarian fare, over 50 varieties of beer and an array of local vendors. Local breweries, delicious German food, and lots of fun make this mountain location a perfect place for festivities.

Date: August 12-October 15, 2023 (Weekends)

Location: Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

Website: Snowbird Oktoberfest

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