Oktoberfest brings with it a rousing season of festivals featuring everything from hearty German food to happy revelers doing the chicken dance. If you’re itching to take part in the festivities, you’ll find plenty of opportunities around the Chicagoland area. These festivals, which aren’t far from Springs at Orchard Road and Springs at Weber Road, take place on different weekends throughout the season, so you can pick one or enjoy several.
1. Fox Valley Park District
150 W Illinois Ave, Aurora
The Fox Valley Park District is hosting Oktoberfest on Friday, October 6. You’ll enjoy authentic German music in the background to accompany your hearty meal of sauerbraten, German potato salad, carrots and red cabbage, rye bread, and pumpkin rolls. Don’t miss the mums raffle for something special to take home.
2. Batavia Main Street
4 1/2 W Wilson St, Batavia
Celebrate Oktoberfest on October 7 and 8 in Batavia. The quaint river community will host a lively celebration with German food and beer, along with live music and entertainment to create the perfect atmosphere. There’s a full schedule of events to enjoy both days with highlights like the Little Miss & Mr. Oktoberfest contest, yodeling contest, and weiner dog races. Whether you’re looking to show off your skills at the chicken dance or you want to see who can eat the most bratwurst, you’ll find what you’re after at this event.
3. Naper Settlement
523 S Webster St, Naperville
Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday, September 30 and lasts through Sunday, October 1 in the Naper Settlement. This is a family-friendly event with activities for guests of all ages. Children can enjoy the Harvard Playscape and take part in special kids activities from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Live German music will keep attendees dancing both days, and the historic Naper settlement buildings will be open for the event, providing an educational slant to this Oktoberfest celebration.
4. Oak Brook Park District
Central Park, 1500 Forest Gate Rd, Oak Brook
The Oak Brook Park District is partnering with the Village and Ronald McDonald House for its sixth annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 24. You can catch the softball tournament, enjoy live music and feast on German food and beer for the event. Children’s activities will take place from 1-5 p.m.
Which Chicagoland Oktoberfest event are you planning to attend? Share your favorite events as well as other seasonal suggestions in the area in the comments section below.