Just like Fish Frys and Brat Fest in the spring, Oktoberfest is a big deal in Madison. While it would make sense for most Oktoberfest celebrations to happen in October, the original festival was moved to September in its home region of Bavaria in Germany to take advantage of warmer weather. Here in the Madison area, many of the best events also tend to happen towards the end of September, with a few lingering into October. If you’re looking to break out your lederhosen or dirndl (or even if you don’t), you can enjoy these four events.Read More >>
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Where: 514 East Wilson St., Madison, WI
When: Saturday, September 23, Noon – 8 p.m.
This family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration features something for everyone. Hungry? You’ll find hotdogs, weisswurst brats, burgers, roast pork, 1/2 roast chicken, and much more. Beer lovers will be able to enjoy Oktoberfest brews from Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbraü, Paulaner, and Spaten. There will also be a beer drinking contest and brat eating competition. The Zweiful Brothers and Dorf Kapelle will provide live music throughout the day.
Kids can enjoy carnival style games and a kids zone loaded with coloring books, crafts, bubbles, and other games. If you can’t make it to Oktoberfest, you’ll be able to get spätzle, schnitzels, wursts, and pilsners any time of the year.
Where: 2701 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI
When: Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy various German cuisine and entertainment at this daylong celebration! Stalzy’s will have German potato salad, brats, cold beers, craft cocktails, and more to keep you full. Enjoy live music from the following bands:
11:00 - Mal-O-Dua
12:00 - The David Austin Polka Band
1:45 - Laurel Canyon
2:45 - Hoot n Annie String Band
3:45 - The Tony Castenada Latin Jazz Sextet
5:15 - Pupy Costello & The New Hiram Kings
7:00 - The Kaisers (Featuring Members of The Kissers)
8:30 - The Cash Box Kings
Blessed Sacrament Parish
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Where: 2116 Hollister Ave., Madison, WI
When: Sunday, September 24, Noon - 5 p.m.
This is a new addition to our Oktoberfest celebration list. For $10, you’ll get a commemorative glass stein and three 10 ounce pours of beer, with snacks and food available for purchase. For the kids, there will be root beer floats and plenty of games.
Etched Beer Glass Workshop at Revel
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Where: 107 N. Madison Street, Madison, WI
When: Friday, September 22, 7 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $35 for two glasses, $50 for four glasses
If you’re an arts and crafts lover, then you won’t want to miss this chance to create your own etched beer glasses. You’ll learn about different glass etching techniques, and then get two or four glasses to etch on! While your etching, you’ll get to learn about the History of Oktoberfest from Robyn Klinge of Hop Head Beer Tours.