Minnesota Oktoberfests

A Celebration of the Best Oktoberfest in Minnesota in 2023

With our German roots, we have some of the best Oktoberfest’s in Minnesota?

From the lively festivities in New Ulm to the traditional German-style tipples at Waldmann Brewery in St. Paul.

And let’s not forget about the free stein fills at Lakes & Legends or the food trucks and live music at Fair State’s Co-optoberfest.

Whether you prefer big-scale festivals or intimate brewery gatherings, Minnesota has got you covered.

So grab your lederhosen and get ready to prost to a good time!

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St. Paul Oktoberfest | St. Paul, MN

September 8th – 9th More Info

The St. Paul Oktoberfest in St. Paul, MN offers German food, beer, and culture. This event is annually on the beautiful grounds of the Germanic-American Institute.

Indulge in bratwursts, sauerkraut, and schnitzel that will make your taste buds do the chicken dance. And don’t forget about the beer! Raise your stein and say ‘Prost!’ as you sip on authentic German brews that will make you feel like you’re in Munich.

But it’s not just about the food and beer, there’s also plenty of entertainment to keep you dancing all night long. From lively polka bands to traditional German dances, you’ll be twirling and tapping your feet in no time.

Twin Cities Oktoberfest | St Paul, MN

October 6th – 7th More Info

Check out the 4th ranked Oktoberfest in America is the Twin Cities Oktoberfest. Located on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St Paul.

Indulge in mouthwatering bratwurst, pretzels the size of your head, and creamy sauerkraut. They have great food trucks and live music. 

Take part in their stein holding contest.

And let’s not forget about the beer! Sip on a variety of German brews, from crisp lagers to rich and malty Märzens. Beers are provided by the local German Breweries.

Dance the polka and sing along to traditional German tunes.

The Twin Cities Oktoberfest is the perfect place to embrace your inner German and have a wunderbar time! Prost!

New Ulm Oktoberfest | New Ulm, MN

October 6th – 7th & October 13th – 14th More Info

Grab your lederhosen or dirndl and head to New Ulm’s Oktoberfest in New Ulm, MN for a weekend of lively music, delicious food, and locally brewed Schells beer.

This festival, known as the biggest Oktoberfest in Minnesota, lasting two weekends in October.

Settled by German immigrants in 1854, New Ulm embraces its German heritage with an authentic celebration of Bavarian culture.

Polka and other bands provide lively entertainment, while the aroma of bratwurst and sauerkraut fills the air.

Don’t forget to try the locally brewed Schells beer, a staple at the festival. The brewing company has their own festivities just outside their factory!

At Morgan Creek Vineyards they have their own German inspired fun.

What I love about the New Ulm fest is that they offer family friendly activities too! So, you can celebrate Oktoberfest with everyone.

Whether you’re dancing to the music, indulging in German delicacies, or raising a stein with friends, New Ulm Oktoberfest promises a weekend filled with laughter, fun, and plenty of Gemütlichkeit.

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Oktoberfest at the Renaissance Festival | Shakopee, MN

September 29th – October 1st More Info

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN hosts an Oktoberfest celebration that features traditional German food, beer, and activities. This is not your average Renaissance fair, my friend. It’s a whole other level of fun.

You can enjoy all the fun of the Renaissance festival with a twist. It’s Oktoberfest is a weekend of fun. Make your way to the food vendors and get a brat or sausage. 

And let’s not forget about the beer! They’ve got all your favorite German brews on tap, from refreshing lagers to rich and malty bocks. So grab a stein, fill it up, and raise a toast to a fantastic Oktoberfest at the Renaissance Festival. Prost!

Oktoberfest at The Black Forest Inn | Minneapolis, MN

September More Info

Oktoberfest at The Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis, MN offers a festive celebration with traditional German food, beer, and lively activities.

This annual event brings the spirit of Oktoberfest to the heart of the city.

This German restaurant has live polka music and plenty of Oktoberfest fun.

Grab a stein of ice-cold German beer and raise it high in a toast to good times and great company.

Get authentic Bavarian dishes like schnitzel, sauerkraut, and pretzels that are just like being in the beer gardens of Munich.

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort Oktoberfest | Deerwood, MN

October 20th – 23rd More Info

Let’s head over to Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort in Deerwood, MN for their Oktoberfest celebration. 

At Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort Oktoberfest, you can enjoy delicious food, lively music, and fun activities for the whole family.

Kids will have a blast with the activities available, from face painting to games. And don’t forget to check out the arts & crafts fair, where you can find unique handmade treasures.

New this year they are doing Bingo and Helicopter Rides. 

Oktoberfest’s at Twin Cities Breweries

Another great place to find Oktoberfest’s is at the local breweries in the Twin Cities.

First up, we have Waldmann Brewery in St. Paul, serving up traditional German-style tipples that will transport you straight to Bavaria. Utepils Brewery is another great option, with live music and contests in their beer garden.

Or head over to Lakes & Legends in Loring Park.

But the fun doesn’t stop there!  Giesenbrau Bier Co. in New Prague offers live polka music and delicious Bavarian pretzels.

So grab your lederhosen, raise your stein, and get ready to prost your way through the best Oktoberfest celebrations at Twin Cities breweries!

Oktoberfest USA | La Crosse, WI

September 28th – 30rd More Info

Don’t miss Oktoberfest USA in La Crosse, WI for an authentic celebration of German culture. This festival, held annually in September, is one of the best Oktoberfests in the Midwest.

They have parades, Medallion hunts, royalty and so much more. Wisconsin really knows how to party.

Grab a stein of ice-cold beer and join in the festivities as people dance, sing, and raise their glasses in cheer.

Don’t forget to indulge in the mouthwatering pretzels and sauerkraut, which perfectly complement the rich flavors of the German beer. So put on your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready for a weekend of laughter, camaraderie, and lots of ‘prost!’

Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest | Chippewa Falls, WI

September 15th – 16th More Info

Looking for another Oktoberfest celebration in the area? Head over to Chippewa Falls, WI for their Oktoberfest event.

This festival is for partygoers.

Enjoy German food, music, and a lively atmosphere. Grab a bratwurst and a stein of beer, and dance your way through the polka-filled streets.

The festivities include traditional Bavarian music, games, and even a beer stein-holding competitions. 

The whole party starts at Festmeister and Festmeisterin at the Leinenkugel grounds. Fallow the golden keg procession to the Nothern Wisconsin Fairgrounds where it is tapped.

There are 30 entertainers, vendors and lot of authentic food dancing and more!

Which Oktoberfest in the Twin Cities will you attend?

So, there you have it! Minnesota is a haven for Oktoberfest, with a wide range of celebrations to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for a big festival with lively entertainment and locally brewed beer, or a more intimate brewery gathering with traditional German-style tipples, Minnesota has you covered.

From Festmeister and Festmeisterin at the Leinenkugel grounds St. Paul to the charming towns of New Ulm and Deerwood, you’re sure to find the perfect Oktoberfest experience.

So grab your stein and get ready to celebrate in true German style!

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