Saturday, September 30, 2023


Say cheers, eat brats, and have fun at these Midwest Oktoberfests

Looking for one last RV trip before winterizing your rig? Take a look at these Midwest Oktoberfests and plan your trip before it’s too late!

Note: I was surprised at the number of Midwest Oktoberfests that are not actually held in October! Come on, Midwest states and German enclaves! What’s up with hosting Oktoberfests in August and September? Because I am partly of German heritage, I chose only those festivals that are scheduled for the month of October for this article.

Midwest Oktoberfests


What: Pentwater Oktoberfest
Where: 324 South Hancock, Pentwater, Michigan
When: October 14, 2023
Activities: Classic car and hot rod show, live music, yard games, 5K walk/run, home tour, food trucks, and more.


What: Milwaukee Oktoberfest
Where: Cathedral Square Park
When: October 6-8, 2023
Activities: Authentic German food and beer, brat-eating competition, cornhole tournament, wiener dog pageant, and more.


What: New Ulm Oktoberfest
Where: Downtown New Ulm, Minnesota; Morgan Creek Vineyards; Schnell’s Brewery; Best Western Plus.
When: October 6-7 and 13-14, 2023
Activities: Germanic-American Day parade, authentic German food and drinks, live music, axe throwing, horse-drawn trolley rides, grape stomp, craft vendors, and more.


What: Amana Colonies’ Oktoberfest
Where: Amana Colony Oktoberfest Grounds
When: September 29—October 1, 2023
Activities: Live music, parade, games, German foods, brat-eating competitions, and more.


What: Hermann Oktoberfest
Where: Hermann, Missouri
When: Weekends beginning September 29 through October 29, 2023
Activities: German beer garden, live music and dancing, arts and crafts, authentic German foods, and more.


What: OZtoberFEST 2023
Where: Wamego, Kansas
When: October 7, 2023
Activities: OZ costume contest, beer and wine garden, classic car show, Toto look-alike contest, and other OZsome activities.

South Dakota

What: Deadwood Oktoberfest
Where: Deadwood, South Dakota
When: October 6-7, 2023
Activities: Poker run, wiener dog races, beer barrel games, live music, German cookoff, and more.

North Dakota

What: Oktoberfest and German-Russian Day
Where: Ashley, North Dakota
When: October 7, 2023
Activities: Great food, games, music and family fun.

Do you have a favorite Midwest Oktoberfest? What about anywhere else in the U.S.? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


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11 days ago

I had not heard of an Octoberfest in Wamego, Kansas so I ran a search of Kansas Octoberfests and surprise “Surprise” Wamego didn’t show up?? Kansas City, Wichita, Hays, Lawerence, Baxter Springs etc all had billing.
We’re adding Wamego to our list and mostly because they have the best cheese factory in the state.
Wamego is just off I-70 East and of the “Little Apple “(Manhattan, Kansas). Home to Kansas State University. And great camping on Tuttle Creek Lake.

John Schag
11 days ago

The real one (Munich) starts in the middle of Sept. and ends 10/3.

Randy J
12 days ago

Named a Top Five Oktoberfest by USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and Orbitz, Oktoberfest Tulsa is an experience you won’t want to miss

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