Oktoberfest is an annual tradition that kicks off in late September and often lasts through October. If you’re a fan of authentic German food and beer, you won’t want to miss some of the local festivities taking place in and around Rochester. Mark your calendar, find your lederhosen, and get ready to show off your stein hoisting skills at one of these exciting local events.
Peace Plaza Downtown 1st Ave SW & 1st St SW, Rochester
On Friday, September 23 you can celebrate Oktoberfest downtown at the Rochester Peace Plaza, hosted by Apollo Liquor. Tickets are just $17 in advance or $20 at the gate. Between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. you can enjoy all-you-can-drink beer, live polka music from the Music Meisters, and a traditional German feast.
On Friday, September 30, Oktoberfest takes place on Historic Third Street at the Tap House. You’ll enjoy themed food and wine for the event with plentiful brats and beer for the evening. Incognito will be on hand for live music, and Fred the Bear plans to make an appearance to say hello. Stop in for the festivities between 5 and 10:30 p.m.
The annual Oktoberfest USA event in La Crosse is a massive celebration of German history and culture taking place from September 29 to October 2. The 2016 theme, “Munich on the Mississippi” will feature reenactors dressed as members of historic royal families. In Festland, you can step back in time and explore historic collections of buttons, pictures, and memoirs from celebrations past.
Each day features its own schedule of activities with highlights like the Ladies Day Luncheon, Lederhosen Luncheon, pageants, parades, the Festmaster Ball, and Craft Beer Night. Buttons for four days of admission to the event are $10 in advance or $15 after September 29. Single day admission, available only at the Fest office, is $5 Thursday or Sunday and $10 on Friday and Saturday.
Are you excited to get out and celebrate Oktoberfest in the Rochester area? Share your favorite festivals, foods, and traditional German beer recommendations in the comments section below!