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 19-22, 2019
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 amusement rides, keg tapping, a German spelling bee, a German yodeling competition, beer barrel rolling and bowling, pretzel run and a dachshund parade and dash.

Tickets are $10 for adults and children 9 and younger are free. Thursday and Sunday are free for all.

2. AustOberfest

September 28, 2019
AustOberfestAustOberfest, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin TX, 78701

Indulge while you celebrate with all-you-can-eat sausage and bier tastings.

Dust off the lederhosen for this evening-long celebration with food and fun for all ages including a contest stage for Stein Holding, Best Costume, Air Accordion and David Hasselhoff Lip-Sync. Entertainment has included psychedelic polka band Grammy-award winners Brave Combo and local artists The Motts. Admission includes specialty glassware, drink tickets and unlimited sausage tastings.

3. Beaches Oktoberfest

Ocober 12 & 13, 2019
Beaches Oktoberfest
Beaches Oktoberfest, 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

The festival held at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion attracts 45,000-55,000 attendees.

The family friendly festival includes a large variety of German beers, daily music performances, food trucks, a 110+ ft Ferris wheel, arts and crafts vendors plus kid-friendly games and activities.

4. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

September 7–November 2, 2019 (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 is going all out for their Oktoberfest celebrations and this year will feature three new bands straight from Germany. Each weekend will include multiple musical performances throughout the day and several different food options including bratwurst, sauerkraut and beer cheese soup. Weekend activities include log sawing and stein holding contests, slam beer drinking and beer pong contests, kid’s contests and game booths (“Budenstrasse”). Do the chicken or polka dance as you make your way to one of six bars and beer gardens serving German and craft beers.

5. Fremont Oktoberfest

September 20-22, 2019
Fremont OktoberfestFremont Oktoberfest, Phinney Ave. N., Seattle WA, 98103

One of Seattle’s largest fall beer festivals.

Sample more than 100 craft beers during this three-day event featuring some of the best craft beer from the Pacific Northwest. Activities include a Miss Buxom and Stein hoisting contests, “Texas Chainsaw” pumpkin carving 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.

6. Harpoon Oktoberfest

September 28-29, 2019
Harpoon OktoberfestHarpoon Oktoberfest, 306 Northern Ave., Boston MA, 02210

They’ve got chicken dancing, brats and beer!

Harpoon Brewery in Boston throws its own Oktoberfest celebration with thousands of revelers and plenty of chicken dancing, brats 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.

7. Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

October 11 & 12, 2019
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest, Newport Ave., San Diego, CA 92107

Enjoy Oktoberfest biers beachside at this two-day event.

A new addition is OktoberStretch, a mini-YOGA+ Live Music festival within the OB Oktoberfest from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday October 6th featuring yoga classes, games, and competitions, a chill area for meditation and breathwork, live music and drum circles, and eco-friendly vendors. At 1:00 p.m. and live music in the 21+ beer garden. On Saturday, will include performances by an OB Oktoberfest band, traditional oompah music and local acts, brat trot beach runs, beer tasting, sausage toss, stein-holding and brat eating contests and a balloon blow.

Tickets to enter the beer garden are $5 will get you into the beer garden, registration is $25 per family for the 2K Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. and $30 per person for the 5K Beach Run to follow at 10 a.m. Registration for the 5K Beach Run includes free entrance into the beer garden and 2 complimentary beers for runners 21+.

8. Oktoberfest By The Bay

September 20-22, 2019
Oktoberfest By The BayOktoberfest By The Bay, 48 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94107

The world-renowned Chico Bavarian Band headline the festivities.

Take in the views and breeze of the bay while enjoying a stein or two at this three-day event that’ll feature live music each day and brats and pretzels galore in addition to a variety of biers. Tickets are $15 for Friday and $25 for Saturday or Sunday and $85 for VIP each day, Saturday and Sunday have day and evening tickets available and $5 for kid’s tickets (13-18) valid on Saturday DAY Session or Sunday only.

9. Oktoberfest in Cape Coral, FL

October 18-20 & 25-27, 2019
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 straight from Germany. There will also be a carnival area with rides and games for the kids and hand made crafts and souvenirs.

10. Oktoberfest in Denver, CO

September 20-22 & 27-29, 2019
Oktoberfest in DenverOktoberfest, 20th St., Denver, CO 80202

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

The festival runs for two-weekends and attracts more than 350,000 guests, which is not surprising considering its full schedule of events including stein hoisting, keg bowling, dachshund racing, a bratwurst eating contest and happy hour. Entry is free and beers and food are available for purchase.