LIFT A STEIN
Milwaukee's strong German heritage means lots of Oktoberfest parties
Glendale / Sept. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 & Oct. 6-7
This family-friendly event is operated by the Bavarian Bierhaus and features six beers on tap – four in-house brews: Oktoberfest, Dunkel, Hefeweizen, and Bock – 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. As the longest running Oktoberfest in Milwaukee, the event has been held in Heidelberg Park annually for more than 50 years. Download the Bavarian Bierhaus App for free Friday admission or $5 Saturday admission.
Reserve a table by clicking on the Oktoberfest 2017 tab at TheBavarianBierhaus.com.
Five weekends (Fri.-Sat.) starting Sept. 8-9.
Old Heidelberg Park, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale.
Downtown on Old World 3rd Street / Sept. 29-Oct. 1 & Oct.6-8
Milwaukee Oktoberfest is held at Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave. It includes live polka music all day long by local polka groups and a nightly concert when the sun goes down.
Weekend activities include a Bags Tournament, Weiner Dog Show, 4th Annual Miss Oktoberfest Competition, Brat Eating Contest, Stein Hoisting Competition, and more.
German food by Milwaukee Brat House, serving up Usinger Brats and Milwaukee Pretzel Company pretzels.
The event kicks off Friday at Pere Marquette Park at 5pm with free beer and continues for two weekends of fun.
Admission is free and open to the public. All guests at Oktoberfest must be 21 or accompanied by an adult. MilwaukeeOktoberfest.com
Pere Marquette Park
Atlas BBQ & Fall Into Grafton
Grafton / Oct 2-8
Enjoy a special Oktoberfest menu including Pork Schnitzel, Currywurst, Smoked Knockwurst and hot pretzels. On tap will be liters and half liters of Surly’s SurlyFest, New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest and Fermentorium Oktoberfest.
On Friday (5-9pm) and Saturday (5-10pm), there will be a beer garden and live music on Paramount Plaza held in conjunction with the Fall Into Grafton festival (See p. 10). The beer garden features German beers from the Fermentorium Brewery in Cedarburg.
1304 12th Ave, Grafton
Downtown Cedarburg / Oct. 14-15
Oktoberfest in Cedarburg bursts with gemuetlichkeit from 11am-8pm on Saturday, Oct. 14, and 10am–5pm Sunday, Oct. 15. 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). For car buffs, members of the Milwaukee Area Volkswagen Club display cars on Sunday, noon-3pm.
Arts will be highlighted all weekend long at a number of venues. For more information, visit cedarburgfestivals.org
Das Boot Bar Crawl
Downtown on Old World 3rd Street / Oct 7, 12-6pm
Presented by Milwaukee Oktoberfest, this ticketed bar crawl gives participants a t-shirt, lanyard with bar passport, a 32 oz. plastic liter Das Boot, the option to try a different Oktoberfest beer at each participating bar along Old World 3rd St. on Oct. 7, and Jagermeister drink specials from Friday-Sunday at Milwaukee Oktoberfest. MilwaukeeOktoberfest.com/das-boot-bar-crawl