30+ Not to Miss Oktoberfest Celebrations Throughout Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s German heritage roots make their way to the forefront each fall with Oktoberfest celebrations as far as the eye can see! That’s right; bring on the lederhosen, bier, brats, Bavarian pretzels, apple strudel, wienerschnitzel, and polka. We’ve got 30+ family-friendly Wisconsin Oktoberfest festivals you will not want to miss this season!

Northeast Wisconsin

  • Septemberfest, Ripon, Wisconsin
    • When: September 17, 2022
    • Time: Begins at 7:30 am
    • Pancake breakfast, car show, Polka bands, bike stroll, food & drink, and an outdoor movie!
  • Waupaca Rocktoberfest, Waupaca, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 23, 2022
    • Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
    • Traditional German foods, adult beverages, live ROCK music, and more!
  • Appleton Oktoberfest, Appleton, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • Time: Begins at 9 am
    • Live music, great Bavarian (and other) food, kids activities, and more!
  • Goatoberfest, Malone, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • Time: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Come to the LaClare Creamery for their Goatoberfest Celebration! Enjoy a pig roast, goats, beer, live music, and face painting.
  • Oktoberfest, Shawano, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • Time: 10 am – 3 pm
    • Open-faced caramel apple bar, food & concessions, craft vendors, FREE pumpkin giveaway, chainsaw carving, scarecrow contest, farmer’s market, and Polka bands!
  • Omro Oktoberfest, Omro, Wisconsin
    • When: Sunday, October 8, 2022
    • Music, food, crafts, and more!

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South Eastern Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee Oktoberfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28, 2022
    • Time:
      • Friday 4 pm – 10 pm
      • Saturday 12 pm – 10 pm
      • Sunday 10 am – 6:30 pm
    • German food, beer, and even a Wiener dog beauty pageant! 
  • Downtown Beloit Oktoberfest, Beloit, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 16, 2022
    • Time: 5:30 pm – 11 pm
    • Ax throwing, hammerschlagen, beer, live music, food, and more!
  • Oktoberfest, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 1 – Sunday, October 2, 2022
    • Time:
      • Saturday 11 am – 8 pm
      • Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
    • Live music including a wooden Polka dance floor and authentic German fare & brews
  • Oktoberfest at Elm Grove Village Park, Elm Grove, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 16 – Saturday, September 17, 2022
    • Time:
      • Friday 5 pm – 10 pm
      • Saturday 3:30 pm – 10 pm
    • Music, food trucks, and bier
  • Waukesha Oktoberfest, Waukesha, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • Time:
      • Friday 5 pm – 10 pm
      • Saturday 12 pm – 10 pm
    • Admission: FREE ($2 wristband for alcohol)
    • Family area, Oktoberfest cake, wood carving demonstration, live music, beer, and food!
  • Oktoberfest of Greater Racine, Franksville, Wisconsin
    • When: Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2022
    • Live music, games, food & beer, and fun!
  • Oktoberfest at the Schwabenhof, Menominee Falls, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • Time:
      • Friday 4 pm – 11 pm
      • Saturday 5 pm – 11 pm
    • Admission: FREE
    • Food, beer, and ethnic dance performances
  • St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest, Wauwautosa, Wisconsin
    • When: Sunday, September 25, 2022
    • Time: 
      • 10 am – 4:30 pm
    • VERY family-friendly including kids games, pumpkin decorating, cornhole, glitter tattoos, and face painting
  • Oktoberfest Germantown, Germantown, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25, 2022
    • Time:
      • Noon – 11 pm
      • Noon – 7pm
    • Admission: FREE
    • Music, dancing, and fun!
  • Brooktoberfest, Brookfield, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • Time: 11 am – 8 pm
    • Dachshund race, car show, food vendors, brat fry, beer stein holding contest, best dress competition, and hammershlagen!
  • Lake Geneva Oktoberfest, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9, 2022
    • Kids activities, entertainment, food & drinks
  • Old Falls Village Oktoberfest, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 8, 2022
    • Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
    • Kid & adult games, stein holding contest, trivia contest, fire pit, and more!
  • Elkhorn Oktoberfest, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 15, 2022
    • Classic car show, German food & beer, 5K run/walk, and music
  • Delavan Oktoberfest, Delavan, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 22, 2022
    • Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
    • Admission: FREE
    • Family-friendly, food, drink, music, and stein hoisting competition!

South Central Wisconsin

  • Gemuetlichkeit Days, Jefferson, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 2022
    • Pretzel Polka Walk, traditional German games, music, food, ethnic costume contest, vintage car show, card tournaments, Little Tykes/Big Wheel races, children’s stein carrying contest, German food contest, Polka Hop lessons, parade, rolling pin throwing contest, and more!
  • Wauktoberfest, Waunakee, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 2022
    • Time:
      • Friday 4:30 pm – 11 pm
      • Saturday 9 am – 11 pm
      • Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
    • Children’s Chicken Dance contest, sauerkraut eating contest, brat toss, bake off, live music, food & beer!
  • New Glarus Oktoberfest, New Glarus, Wisconsin
    • When: Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 25, 2022
    • Admission: FREE
    • Wagon rides, chainsaw carving, family fun, food & drink!
  • Essen Haus Oktoberfest, Madison, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
    • Live music, kids games & activities, food, & bier!
  • Grumpy Troll Brew Pub Oktoberfest, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 2022
    • Kids activities, vendors, live bands, & food carts
  • Prairie du Chien Oktoberfest, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
    • When: Wednesday, October 12 – Saturday, October 15, 2022
    • Face painting, disc golf tournament, euchre tournament, parade Saturday 10 am, and much more!

Northern Wisconsin

  • Lake O Lakes Oktoberfest, Land O Lakes, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • Raffles, refreshments, music, and fun!
  • Crooked Lake Oktoberfest, Lakewood, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 8, 2022
    • Craft market, music, minnow races, hayrides, kids pumpkin decorating, beer garden, food, and more!

West Central Wisconsin

  • Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 16 – Saturday, September 17, 2022
    • Kids activities, contests including sauerkraut eating & keg rolling, food, drink and music!
  • La Crosse Oktoberfest, La Crosse, Wisconsin
    • When: Friday, September 29 – Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • Longest-running Oktoberfest in the Midwest! Festive activities throughout the city and downtown (some at cost) including carnaval, torchlight parade, lederhosen games, YMCA run/walk, fireworks, food, beer, and much more!
  • Dallas Oktoberfest, Dallas, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • A variety of activities including dog costume contest, wiener dog race, occasional cannon blasts, pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, food, music, and more!
  • Black River Area Oktoberfest, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
    • When: Saturday, October 2, 2022
    • Music, food trucks, and more!

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