Oktoberfest – the world’s largest Bavarian beer festival – revs up each September and into October. Raise your stein at Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the Twin Cities. Savor the still-warm weather with family-friendly activities, polka dancing, dachshund racing, beard contests and special brews. Everyone can find something they love!
St. Paul Oktoberfest
Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11, 2022
The St. Paul Oktoberfest festival is a tried and true seasonal celebration with a few new twists this year! First, the celebration is headed to the beautiful grounds of the Germanic-American Institute in Saint Paul. Second, this year's food selection is going international. You'll be able to get your bratwursts and pretzels, but save room for tacos, too. The full schedule of events is coming soon - watch for live music and dancing, polka bands, dachshund races, stone-lifting competitions, yodeling contests and much more. The event is family-friendly; guests 21+ can buy an alcohol wristband for $5.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2022
A short drive west of Minneapolis Northwest, you'll find the quaint town of Delano with all its Oktoberfest charm and festivities. At Delano Central Park, sample delicacies from Deutschland Meets Food Truck, get a taste of Lupine Brewing beers and check out the beautiful riverfront park area. Live music includes The Bavarian Musikmeisters and The Brass Barn Polka Band. Festival admission costs $5 for those 21+; the first 500 paid adults receive a complimentary Commemorative Bier Mug!
Oktoberfest Block Party
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2022
Close the street and pitch a party tent for Oktoberfest at LTD Brewing. Test your knowledge of German-themed trivia and gorge on German-themed foods from the mouth-watering Run Tell That BBQ food truck. A bags tournament, stein holding contest, kids games and other activities will be available, too. The block party is free to attend, but wristbands are required for all drinkers.
Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend
Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022
Immerse yourself in a world of old-school Oktoberfest fun at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival during its Oktoberfest weekend. One of the hottest attractions is the beard competition, where patrons of finely trimmed and manicured beards can enter. A Stein Holding competition, sausage slinging and yodeling competitions will be held one each day of the fest. Additional celebratory contests include the lederhosen and dirndl costume contest, dachshund races, bier pong and a sauerkraut eating contest.
Oktoberfest at Wicked Wort Brewing Company
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022
Wicked Wort Brewing Company busts out the tents for its Oktoberfest celebration with beer inside the brewery and outside at the tap trailer. Live music throughout Oktoberfest as the fun will run from 11AM-11PM.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022
Celebrate Twin Cities Oktoberfest in the Historic Progress Center building on the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. This annual event is proud to be entirely local - local drinks, local food, local entertainment, and local merchants. Together, they will present 20+ different beer/ciders for you to enjoy Utepils Brewing, Lupulin Brewing, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company and Sociable Cider Werks. Look for local food, music, dancing, games and fun at the Historic Progress Center on the Minnesota Fairgrounds.