Oktoberfest- tha exciting time of year where beer and sausage come together. Here in MN, we have a strong German heritage and when combined with the most beautiful time of year in our state it is no wonder that Octoberfest has proven to be a favorite seasonal event. Here are my pics for the top Octoberfest celebrations this year.
St. Paul Oktoberfest- Historic Schmitt Brewery – Sept 15, 4-10pm & Sept 16, 10am-10pm
St. Paul Oktoberfest at the Historic Schmidt Brewery is the most authentic Munich-style celebration in Minnesota. It features not only beer and cheer, but also culture and history. Family-friendly by day, and a big party by night — St. Paul Oktoberfest is Minnesota’s Most Authentic Oktoberfest. Proudly serving Summit Beer. More information: saintpauloktoberfest.org COST: Free to attend. Wristbands $5 with valid 21+ ID.
Oktoberfest at the Gasthaus- Stillwater- Sept 15-17 & 22-24th
Fri. & Sats gates open 5-11pm must be 21 – no exceptions. Sundays are Family Day all ages are welcome with Free Face painting and Balloon Twister. Music, Dancing, Imported Beer, Brats and Chops, Giant pretzels, Cinnamon Roasted Almonds and Hammerschlagen! COST: $5 on Fri & Sat, $3 on Sun
Twin Cities Oktoberfest- Progress Center @ State Fairgrounds- Oct 6, 5-11pm & Oct 7, Noon- 11pm
Summit beer leads the way at this Oktoberfest celebration. Each admission comes with a free stein and fill. There are lots of refreshments options for non- beer drinkers at this event too. Head to the Progress Center building at the MN Fairgrounds and watch the entertainers, play games and shop from the vendors. Cost: 21+ $25, 13-20 $5, Under 13 Free
Schell’s Oktoberfest- New Ulm- October 6- 7 & 13-14
Head to New Ulm the most German town in MN for two weekends of brats, beer and lederhosen. There are events happening all over downtown and of course out at the brewery. I went to this one last year and had a great time. Expect long lines and lots of people, but the setting is fabulous. Dancing, parades, food and of course… beer. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422538821169687/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A47056987065%2C%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A47056987065%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D
Head on out to Oktoberfest this fall – play some hammerschlaugen, eat some sausages, drink some beer and enjoy fall!