The month of October has just started it’s time for German and American culture to collide. It’s not too late for you to make your way to one of these three cities to experience Oktoberfest:
New Ulm, Minnesota – October 6-7 and October 13-14
Join in the festivities all over town! Experience the German-American Day Parade on the first Saturday and the Oktoberfest Promenade Parade with German garments and costumes both weekends. In the historic downtown, lots of people are dressed in dirndls and lederhosen. Others are playing games, taking a horse-drawn trolley ride, while some are enjoying the music, eating the German and American foods and drinking the local beers and wines. Kick off the festivities at the official keg opening on Friday evening which continues with German music and an outdoor music event at the Best Western Plus Hotel. Ready for a Grape Stomp? Enjoy dancing, stomping and merriment at the 19th Annual Grape Stomp sponsored by the Morgan Creek Vineyard. Lastly, it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without the bier (beer) and music at Schell’s Germany Craft Bier Company founded by German settlers here in 1860.
Willkommen Bei Oktoberfest in Tulsa, Oklahoma – October 19-22
Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa celebrates with authentic Bavarian customs in the heart of Oklahoma. Designed and modeled after the “original” Oktoberfest Munich in Bavaria, Germany, it features international bratwurst, German beers, Bavarian cheesecake and German music and dancing. As one of the five largest Oktoberfests in America, Linde Oktoberfest is set up with tents and stages in the 116,000 square-foot New River West Festival Park. People flock to the OKT Zelt Crawl Tasting Night, Siegi’s World Championship Sausage Eating Contest, the costume parade, and to enjoy some international German bands, Bavarian delicacies, German arts and crafts, and German games for the whole family.
49th Richmond, Virginia Oktoberfest 2017 – October 20-21
This is two days of genuine German Oktoberfest entertainment featuring traditional and modern German and American music with the opening act from the band called – The Sauerkrauts. The headliner band, Die Lustigen Almdudler, performs some sets with the Bavarian folk dancing group the SGTEV Hirschjaeger dancers. Have you ever tried a beer stein hoisting contest? Individual events for men and women take place each evening. The oldest family owned breweries in the USA, the Cramer family of Germany and the Yuengling Brewery of Pennsylvania, really brings out the Oktoberfest lovers. There’s also a selection of domestic and German wines as well as soft drinks and chocolate milk. It’s a true German food feast with the samplings of bratwurst, knackwurst, weisswurst, pork, roast chicken, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, spiced red cabbage, Landjaeger smoked sausage, and German baked goods.