Oktoberfest Celebrations Across the U.S.

By Gayot Editors

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in America

Get your lederhosen ready for beers, brats and the chicken dance.

Each fall, cities across America fill with revelers donning lederhosen and downing steins of foamy beer in celebration of Oktoberfest. The annual German tradition pops up in towns from the West Coast to the East Coast, promising hearty food, great beer and lots of polka to all who come.

Check out GAYOT’s list of great Oktoberfest celebrations nationwide and don’t forget the great Oktoberfest beers.

> The selections are presented in alphabetical order.

1. Addison Oktoberfest

September 16-19, 2021
Addison Oktoberfest

Addison Oktoberfest, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison, TX 75001

Get a little taste of Munich in the Lone Star State.

Throughout the four day fest there will be keg tapping, plenty of live music, family-friendly activities, bingo, stein holding competitions, beer barrel rolling and a dachshund dash.

2. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

September 11–November 7, 2021 (Weekends)
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, 42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake CA 92315

It’s a two-month long fest, Munich-style!

Big Bear always goes all out for their Oktoberfest celebrations, which take place on weekends for two months. Enjoy multiple musical performances throughout the day and several different food options including bratwurst, sauerkraut and beer cheese soup. Activities have included log sawing and stein holding contests.

3. Fremont Oktoberfest

September 17-19, 2021
Fremont OktoberfestFremont Oktoberfest, Phinney Ave. N., Seattle WA, 98103

One of Seattle’s largest fall beer festivals.

Sample more than 80 craft beers during this three-day event featuring some of the best craft beer from the Pacific Northwest. Activities include stein hoisting contests, a DJ Tower and college football shown on big screens. Guests can enjoy beer from 5 oz. mini mugs, beer steins or large boots. The event is 21+ every day.

4. Harpoon Oktoberfest

October 1-2, 2021
Harpoon OktoberfestHarpoon Oktoberfest, 306 Northern Ave., Boston MA, 02210

They’ve got chicken dancing, pretzels and beer!

Harpoon Brewery in Boston throws its own Oktoberfest celebration with plenty of chicken dancing, fresh pretzels and beer. They also brew their own October Fest beer, a Marzen-style beer brewed with Munich, chocolate and pale malts. The event takes place outside and underneath tents alongside the brewery.

5. Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

October 8-9, 2021
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest, Newport Ave., San Diego, CA 92107

Enjoy Oktoberfest biers beachside at this two-day event.

Enjoy some brews in the beachside beer gardens at Ocean Beach Oktoberfest in San Diego, California. There will also be two live music stages featuring local bands, plus guests can participate in stein-holding and brat eating contests and a balloon blow.

6. Oktoberfest in Cape Coral, FL

October 22-24 & 29-31, 2021
Oktoberfest in Cape Coral, FLOktoberfest, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, FL 33991

Celebrate like they do in Munich at the largest party in Cape Coral.

The festivities will include three stages, two dance floors with live performances all day featuring bands playing German music. There will also be a carnival area with rides and games for the kids and hand made crafts and souvenirs. Savor specialty foods like schnitzel, potato pancakes, sausages and more.

7. Oktoberfest in Denver, CO

September 17-18 & 24-25, 2021
Oktoberfest in DenverOktoberfest, 2100 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202

Celebrate at one of the largest beer festivals in the United States.

The Denver festival runs for two-weekends and attracts thousands of guests, which is not surprising considering its full schedule of events including stein hoisting, keg bowling, dachshund racing, costume contests and live music.

8. Oktoberfest Fort Worth

September 23-25, 2021
Oktoberfest Fort WorthOktoberfest Fort Worth, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, TX 76102

Spaten, along with other Fall and Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country, will be served.

Activities include tapping of kegs, stein hoisting contests, dachsund dash and Oktoberfest Olympics and there will be live performances. The Midway Rides will feature carnival games, amusement rides, entertainment and fast-food booths, plus plenty of Spaten, sausages and schnitzel to go around.

9. Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, TX

October 1-3, 2021
Oktoberfest in FredericksburgOktoberfest, 100 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Celebrate the town’s German roots with music and dance.

Fredericksburg, founded in 1846, known as “Fritztown” among older German residents, is home to “Texas German,” a dialect spoken by the first generation of German settlers. With such a rich history of German influence, it’s no wonder the weekend-long family-friendly celebration includes Oktubafest, the chicken dance and three days of live entertainment from yodeling to polka to accordion music. German dishes like sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels will be available and the beer selection will include both domestic and German beers.

10. Oktoberfest in La Crosse, WI

September 30-October 3, 2021
Oktoberfest in La CrosseOktoberfest, 1 Oktoberfest Strasse, La Crosse, WI 54601

A taste of Germany in the Midwest.

A tradition since 1961, Oktoberfest in La Crosse, Wisconsin, includes parades, keg tapping, stein holding contests, polka bands and carnival rides among other activities spanning four days.