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Oktoberfest Guide

Milwaukee Oktoberfest Guide 2022

When it comes to Oktoberfest celebrations this year, the Milwaukee area has them! Whether you're just up for some beer, brats and polka, or ready for some real Wisconsin German traditions, you'll find music, dance, German beer and cuisine, competitions, history and cultural exhibits all over the Milwaukee area, plus all kinds of fun German words like gemütlichkeit, glockenspiel, hammerschlagen, Schwabenhof, Hunsrucker, lederhosen, kartoffelsalat and spätzle!

Bavarian Bierhaus Oktoberfest

Thursdays through Sundays Sept. 2 - Oct. 1

  • Thursday and Friday open at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday open at 11:00 a.m.
  • Free admission Thursdays and Sundays; admission fee Saturdays and Sundays (discount availalble through their app).

“Milwaukee's Original Oktoberfest”, the Oktoberfest in Old Heidelberg Park in Glendale has kept the Gemütlichkeit going and the barrels rolling for over 60 years. Formerly the Bavarian Inn and now the Bavarian Beirhaus craft brewery, this German-themed site has the perfect atmosphere for your polka and pretzels experience. Plenty of German beers, Ein Prosits, endless German music, and lots of food including Friday fish fry await you.

Pro tip: Table space is often at a premium. Reserve yours ahead of time at their website through Eventbrite.

Oktoberfest at the Schwabenhof

Friday – Saturday Sept. 23 – 24

If there’s any place that can give the Bavarian Bierhaus Oktoberfest a run for the money for longevity and tradition, it’s got to be the Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls. It’s easy to get to – a straight shot down Silver Spring – and they have a fine biergarten and bar featuring German beers year round.

Run by the Milwaukee Donauschwaben Club, a German cultural club started in 1945, the Oktoberfest will feature German music and beer, authentic German cuisine, and their specialty, German dance groups.

  • Friday 4:00. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 5:00. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Free admission

Prosit Tosa 2022

Saturday Sept. 17

Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest

Saturday - Sunday Oct. 24 – 25

You’d pretty much expect a good Oktoberfest in a place called Germantown, and plenty of German music and dance beckon Oktoberfesters to the Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest – what’s a Hunsrucker, you ask? Someone from Hunsruck in southwest Germany, of course! The Dhein family, who settled this part of Germantown in the 1840s, hailed from there.

In addition to all the German fun, be sure to catch the Dachshund Dash on Saturday at 3:00, benefitting the Washington County Humane Society (yes, it’s a weiner dog race)!

  • Saturday Noon – 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Noon – 7:00 p m.

Cedarburg Oktoberfest

Saturday - Sunday Oct. 1 - 2

Lots of great German food at this one, including sauerbraten, schnizel, sausages, and more, plus a selection of Oktoberfest beers and German imports. Don’t miss the Glockenspiel cuckoo clock show throughout the day, and there will be contests for best dirndl and lederhosen, a sauerkraut eating competition, stein holding, and even a German spelling bee.

  • Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Barktoberest

Sat. Sept. 17

This fundraiser for Friends of MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) will feature demonstrations, kids activities, and of course, lots of dogs, all in the pleasant confines of the Estabrook Beer Garden in Estabrook Park. Bring your dog!

  • Noon - 5 p.m

Saint Augustine Oktoberfest

Sun. Sept. 25

A church festival that’s also an Oktoberfest? Now that’s how we do it in Milwaukee, and St. Augie’s certainly knows how to do it right: beef rouladen dinner with spätzle and red cabbage, bratwurst, franks, kartoffelsalat (German potato salad) and Bavarian pretzels, plus live polka music including the Squeezettes, games, stein holding contest, and a biergarten!

Our Lady of Lourdes - Milwaukee Oktoberfest Artisan Fair

Fri. - Sun. Oct. 7 – 9

It’s a church Oktoberfest that’s also an art show and it features live music including polka (with the Squeezettes on Saturday), Friday Fish Fry, and more.