LIFT A STEIN
Milwaukee's strong German heritage means lots of Oktoberfest parties
Glendale / Sept. 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.
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
Downtown Cedarburg / Oct 13-14
Oktoberfest in Cedarburg bursts with gemuetlichkeit from 11am-8pm on Saturday, Oct. 13, and 10am–5pm Sunday, Oct. 14. The free admission event is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.
A huge tent in the Community Center Parking Lot, W63 N641 Washington Ave., covers bands, dance floor and tables, lending a true Oktoberfest feel.
Live music plus German foods and beers add to the fun. The live Glockenspiel Show (Cuckoo Clock) reappears every two hours.
Silly contests include Best Lederhosen/Dirndl, Sauerkraut Eating and a German Spelling Bee – from Ault to Zither (A-Z).
Arts will be highlighted all weekend long at a number of venues. For more information, visit cedarburgfestivals.org