Top 20 Oktoberfest Celebrations in the USA
Oktoberfest Celebrations in the USA are some of the world's largest festivals attracting more than six-million visitors every year.It is hardly surprising then that a country like the USA with huge numbers of German immigrants (in fact, German Americans make up the largest ancestry group in the USA) should now offer such a large number of Oktoberfests held in September and October every year
Here is a selection of the main Oktoberfest Celebrations in the US recognized by Top Events USA
MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest
One of the Top 20 Kentucky USA Events and Festivals here on Top Events USA, the MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, awarded the "Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Award" in 2013" and the "Top Ten Fall Festival Award" from Kentucky Tourism in 2013, attracts 125,000 attendees including families and travelers from throughout the Midwest to join with local crowds in enjoying this festival. Offering a great mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts, this popular festival takes place in historic MainStrasse Village, Covington, Kentucky.
MainStrasse Village is a designated national historic district that is the home of Old World charm and New World fun with a unique variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and entertainment.
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Alpine Village Oktoberfest
weekends – early September to late October
Chosen by USA Today as “one of the best Oktoberfests in the world!”, as well as being noted here as one of the top 20 Oktoberfest Celebrations in the USA, the Alpine Village Oktoberfest is one of the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebrations in Southern California, and has been a popular event for more than 45 years attracting over 100,000 visitors every year. The wide variety of “Bavarian” entertainments include Oom Pah Pah big bands from Germany, sing-a-longs, a yodeling competition and even fun contests like pretzel-eating and beer stein-holding, as well as an abundance of traditional German food and delicious German beers. Sundays concentrate on family entertainment.
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mid September to late October
One of Helen’s biggest events for more than 40 years, Georgia’s famous Oktoberfest, one of the main Oktoberfest Celebrations in the US, transforms tranquil Helen into the ultimate north Georgia party town featuring all sorts of fun from authentic German bands and polka performances with dancers in native costume, to traditional Bavarian food and beer.
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Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
mid September to late October
Las Vegas, Nevada
Taking place in an exact replica of Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus complete with a beer hall and beer garden, the Las Vegas Oktoberfest is as authentic and unforgettable as the original complete with nightly live music entertainment every night, appropriate foods such as sausages and pork shanks, and an abundance of German beer brewed according to original recipes handed down by the Duke of Bavaria over 400 years ago and imported directly from a brewery in Munich.
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every weekend in October
During the first four weekends in October the City of Hermann, Missouri will be observing its annual Oktoberfest that has been voted Missouri’s best festival by readers of Rural Missouri Magazine. This well preserved German village, located on the banks of the Missouri River, provides a perfect setting for traditional events to celebrate German heritage and culture. A wide variety of activities take place among the more than 150 historic buildings in the downtown area that includes more than a dozen antique shops, a number of specialty stores, museums, historic sites, art galleries, great restaurants, and quaint B&Bs and inns. There are also seven wineries and plenty of music, special food booths, and crafts demonstrations.
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Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
mid September to late October
Big Bear Lake, California
One of the top rated Oktoberfests in the USA, and noted here as one of the top 20 Oktoberfest Celebrations in the USA, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has been a popular attraction for more than 42 years and features everything to do with German food and beer from appropriate foods including bratwurst, knockwurst and Bavarian dumplings to premium German beers, beer drinking contests and stein-carrying challenges, as well as several concerts, and game booths, log-sawing and ample activities for children such as child oriented contests, bands and dance performances, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, airbrush tattoos and carnival games.
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mid to late September
Recognized as North America’s largest Oktoberfest, for more than three decades Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has been an increasingly popular attraction with more than 500,000 visitors each year. Highlights of the event include several venues of live entertainment including big bands, German folk dancers and accordion players, fun events, almost 100 booths offering German food, beer and wine, and a large selection of amusement rides and other activities for children.
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mid to late September
Recognized as one of the largest Oktoberfests in the USA, and registered here as one of the top 20 Oktoberfest Celebrations in the USA, the Denver Oktoberfest is also one of Denver’s most popular and longest running festivals. Towards the end of every September over two separate weekends, the city comes alive with all things festive and German, including German music, dance and other cultural performances, German food including the ever popular bratwurst and strudel desserts and the most important thing – German beer.
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Mt Angel, Oregon
One of the oldest and best loved community activities in the Mount Angel area, and recognized as one of the main Oktoberfest Celebrations in the US, the 4-day Oktoberfest (the largest folk festival in the state) attracts more than 300,000 people each year to Mount Angel, a community founded by German pioneers in 1867. Featuring music, food, dress and beverages of Bavaria, Oktoberfest celebrates German culture and has been a successful attraction for almost 50 years. In fact, more than 600,000 votes were cast in the Statesman Journal’s 2012 search for the Best of the Mid Valley, and this Oktoberfest in Mount Angel earned seven Gold Medals – Best Annual Event, Best Family Attraction, Best Free Activity, Best Place to Dance, Best Live Music, Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests and Best Use of Social Media.
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One of the most authentic Oktoberfests outside of Munich, the four-day Addison Oktoberfest in Addison Circle Park attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year to enjoy the German food including schnitzel as well as the all time beer favorites, a yodeling contest, folk music, polka dancing, sing-alongs, the unique German Spelling Bee, and children's entertainment, and more.
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late September - early October
La Crosse, Wisconsin
One of Wisconsin’s largest autumn festivals for more than 50 years, attracting 150,000 people annually, Oktoberfest here is an authentic Old-World folk celebration steeped in German tradition. Held along the shores of the Mississippi River, this fall festival transports visitors’ spirits to Bavaria with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, carnival rides, Maple Leaf and Torchlight parades, the Festmaster Ball and the Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest pageant.
For more information about the Oktoberfest in La Crosse visit: www.oktoberfestusa.com
Boston Brewery – Boston, Massachusetts
One of the most popular Boston/New England fall events for more than 20 years, complete with Oktoberfest beer, traditional bratwursts, chicken dancing for those who just want to watch or join in, a keg bowling game and German chocolate cake-eating contests, Harpoon Oktoberfest offers everything from lederhosen dressed musicians and their traditional Oktoberfest waltzes to free non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers.
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weekends - early to mid October
A three-weekend festival held annually in Leavenworth, the charming Washington town modeled after a Bavarian village, the Leavenworth Oktoberfest attracts over 10,000 people and features four venues with concerts of live traditional German music from the USA and Germany, typical Oktoberfest food like bratwurst, cold beer, imported German brews , and Leavenworth's Mayor honoring a Bavarian tradition of “tapping the keg”, European shops, wooden carvings, and even an Oktoberfest marathon.
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In the Stowe Events field under a huge tent transformed into a Bavarian village, Oktoberfest in Vermont celebrates the harvest and fall season with everything from “oompah” bands boosting traditional sing-a-longs and dancing to authentic Bavarian foods and freshly brewed Vermont beers. Other top attractions at this event include a silent auction, the Grand Parade with marching bands, floats and more to open the event, and a wide variety of fun activities for children.
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Newport, Rhode Island
The International Oktoberfest is an ardent tribute to Germany’s most famous fall festival and offers three stages of authentic German music, nationally-acclaimed Oktoberfest show bands, dance troupes and yodelers, as well as a Kindergarten with family fun activities. Visitors can enjoy the best of German and domestic Oktoberfest brews in the International Biergarten, and the best of foods with a traditional Bratwurst.
For more information about the International Oktoberfest in Newport visit: http://www.newportwaterfrontevents.com/international-oktoberfest
New Ulm Oktoberfest
New Ulm, Minnesota
Set in the town of New Ulm originally founded by German immigrants, the Oktoberfest there is now recognized as one of the best of the smaller Oktoberfests in the USA. A popular event for over thirty years, the New Ulm Oktoberfest presents two stages of German themed music and entertainment, the ever popular German-American Parade, a host of entertainment at several bars and taverns, craft shows and even a famous and popular glockenspiel with characters emerging every few hours.
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Historic German Town – Nashville, Tennessee
Attracting thousands of people for more than 32 years, the family oriented event of Oktoberfest in Nashville features everything from 4 stages presenting live German music, authentic German food and beverages, Polka dancing, appropriate arts and crafts including antique booths, as well as street performers and fun events for children.
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Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Offering an unusual blend of Bavarian and Southwest USA cultures, the much loved event for the whole family, Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, offers an unusual blend of polka, German bratwurst, strudel and beer with salsa and Southwest foods, along with 4 stages of live music, 6 beer gardens offering also wines and spirits, a college garage band competition, John Madden football tournament, lots of video games and arts & crafts for the kids.
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Named one of the top German food festivals in the USA by Bon Appetit magazine and saluted by USA Today as one of the Top 10 places in the world to celebrate this popular event, the Oktoberfest in Tulsa is one of the largest German celebrations in the United States. This version of the generally popular German folk heritage festival is, as expected, filled with beer pong competitions, wiener dog races, polka lessons and sessions, a rip-roaring beer keg race, popular German foods such as bratwurst with sauerkraut or smoked turkey legs, an on-site German marketplace, and chances to sample authentic German beer, to enjoy dance troupe performances and spoil the children with a variety of carnival rides.
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