In Iowa, Oktoberfest festivities go beyond mere beer and bratwurst; they allow communities to unite and immerse themselves in German culture. So, seize your cherished stein and prepare to raise a toast at some of the following Oktoberfest celebrations in Iowa. Prost!
Sept. 16 to Sept. 17: City of Marion Oktoberfest
A new event for Marion, City of Marion Oktoberfest will be held from noon to 3 p.m., featuring over 30 breweries to sample, German games to participate in and live music and entertainment in City Square Park. The event is open to both tourists and locals alike who are 21-plus.
For more information: cityofmarion.org.
Sept. 16: Adventureland 9th Annual Oktoberfest
Adventureland Resort in Altoona will host an exciting Oktoberfest celebration in Iowa filled with thrilling rides, games, polka dancing and a fantastic selection of craft beers. The fest is a unique fusion of amusement park excitement and traditional German celebration, making it a standout celebration this season. Adventureland 9th Annual Oktoberfest is a 21-plus event.
Cost: $39.99 per person.
For more information: adventurelandresort.com.
Sept. 17: Dubuque Oktoberfest
Mark your calendars for this year’s Dubuque Oktoberfest on Sept. 17 at Q Casino. The Oktoberfest celebration in Iowa will showcase a diverse selection of German beers, offer live music performances and serve up authentic German cuisine. Furthermore, attendees can challenge their strength in stein-holding competitions, join in the fun of polka dancing, revel in live music and even witness thrilling wiener dog races while sipping on their favorite brew. The picturesque setting enhances the festive atmosphere, ensuring a memorable experience for all.
Cost: Free, with a suggested donation to Camp Albrecht Acres, a facility dedicated to counseling, supporting and entertaining special needs children and their families.
For more information: dbqoktoberfest.org
Sept. 22 to Sept. 23: Des Moines 19th Annual Oktoberfest
Des Moines has been hosting its Annual Oktoberfest for nearly two decades, and it’s still going strong. This event at Water Works Park features stein-holding competitions, live music, delicious food, traditional dancing, a silent disco and an impressive selection of German beer. With a lively atmosphere and family-friendly activities, this Oktoberfest celebration in Iowa is a must-visit for both locals and tourists.
Cost: $30 per person.
For more information: oktoberfestdsm.net
Sept. 23: Northside Oktoberfest
Iowa City’s Northside Oktoberfest is a true neighborhood party. With a focus on craft beer, local cuisine from surrounding restaurants and live music, it offers a laidback and enjoyable experience. This event is Northside’s 27th year of celebrating Oktoberfest and, in honor of the milestone, will feature a unique BrewFest (a beer-sampling event), an outdoor Bier Hall and SodaFest for sober and younger celebrators.
Cost: $68 per person for BrewFest; $10 to $15 for mugs to enjoy the Bier Hall.
For more information: downtowniowacity.com.
Sept. 29 and Sept. 30: Oktoberfest Downtown Waterloo
Be sure to dress in your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your favorite stein and friends and get ready to prost at Oktoberfest Downtown Waterloo, one of Iowa’s biggest Oktoberfest celebrations. Guests will enjoy traditional contests and games, including a stein hoist, rounds of beers and hammers, live music performances, polka dancing and more for all ages at Anton’s German Bier Garden.
Cost: Free admission.
For more information: iowaoktoberfest.com
Sept. 29 to Oct. 1: Amana Colonies Oktoberfest
Nestled in the historic Amana Colonies, this Oktoberfest celebration in Iowa offers a unique blend of German heritage and Iowa charm. Visitors can enjoy live music, artisan vendors, wagon rides and an exciting keg toss competition at Festhalle Barn. The beautiful setting of Amana Colonies adds a special touch to this celebration.
Cost: $8 pre-sale; $10 at the gate; free to attend on Sunday.
For more information: amanacolonies.com.
Oct. 6 and Oct. 7: Waverly Oktoberfest
Waverly Oktoberfest is a gem of a celebration that combines the best of German culture with Iowa flair. From local craft beer gardens to a bratwurst cook-off, there’s no shortage of entertainment at Kohlmann Park. Exciting events include live music performances, keg tosses, a family fun zone, fireworks, stein hoisting, a cornhole tournament, parades and more.
Cost: $10 for the weekend; $5 for teens; free admission for kids 12 and under.
For more information: waverlyoktoberfest.com