LIFT A STEIN
Milwaukee's strong German heritage means lots of Oktoberfest parties
Glendale / Sept. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 & Oct. 5-6
This family-friendly event is operated by the Bavarian Bierhaus with the Bavarian Soccer Club and features six beers on tap – four in-house brews: Oktoberfest, Dunkel, Hefeweizen, and Pilsner – and two German imports: Spaten Oktoberfest and Weihenstephan Original Lager.
Enjoy German brass bands, folk dancing, singing and dancing. Foods available for purchase include Spanferkel, Grillhendle, Wurst on pretzel roll, Rollbraten and assorted authentic German desserts.
Main festivities are in the Alpine-style pavilion. Picnic tables and benches seat up to 2,000 in the scenic park along the Milwaukee River.
Old Heidelberg Park, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale.
Miller Valley Oktoberfest
Miller Valley / Sept. 29, 11:30am-5pm
Celebrate Gemutlichkeit with Dick Leinenkugel (mid-afternoon only), Live Polka Bands all day, Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest and ice cold Miller beers. Snacks available for purchase.
Free Miller Brewery Tours offered throughout the day. At the tour, visitors experience brewing history since 1855 and see production from brewing to bottling and distribution. Every tour ends with Miller's famous hospitality and what everyone is waiting for – ice cold beer samples. Tour times change, call day-of for a schedule at (414) 931-BEER/2337.
Miller Brewery Tour Center, 4251 W. State St.
Waukesha / Sept. 21-22
Celebrate Waukesha Oktoberfest in beautiful Frame Park, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22.
Most activities take place in a large tent in this lovely wooded setting along the Fox River. Non-stop music, food and Sprecher products add up to a great time for everyone in the family.
Downtown / Oct. 5-7
Milwaukee Oktoberfest will be the first event staged on the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum, the new home for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The festival includes a variety of polka bands from around the Midwest and a nightly concert when the sun goes down.
Weekend activities include a Bags Tournament, Weiner Dog Show, 5th Annual Miss Oktoberfest Competition, Brat Eating Contest, Stein Hoisting Competition, and more.
Admission is free and open to the public. All guests at Oktoberfest must be 21 or accompanied by an adult.
Plaza outside of Fiserv Forum
Glendale / Sept. 15
Gemütlichkeit rules at Estabrook Park with the doggie set. Live music, food and libations along with lots of activities for four-legged friends.
Estabrook Park Beer Garden