Celebrate Oktoberfest locally at these 8 events

While the annual festival in Munich, Germany, is canceled this year, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate in Wisconsin.
person holding a glass of Oktoberfest bier
Photo by Matthias Schrader
In this Sept. 21, 2019 file photo a guest holds glasses of beer during the opening of the 186th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

As we get closer to fall, that can only mean one thing, Oktoberfest. While the annual festival in Munich, Germany, is canceled this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in Wisconsin. Grab a brat, a pretzel necklace or a boot of beer and get in the spirit of the tradition at one of these events.

Between a keg race, a sauerkraut eating contest and a bake off, Waukoberfest in Waunakee has you covered with all the staple Oktoberfest happenings. The three-day festival has 20 events planned, with all proceeds donated to local charities. As an added bonus, there will be TVs at the event so you won’t have to miss the Packers on Sunday. Sept. 17-19, 802 S. Century Ave., Waunakee

Essen Haus Oktoberfest
Live polka music, dancing and five German beers on tap is all you could ask for out of an Oktoberfest party — and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Essen Haus. An outdoor dance floor is set up for the afternoon, and then the fun moves inside once the sun goes down. Sept. 18, 12-8 p.m., 514 E. Wilson St.

Downtown Sun Prairie’s Oktoberfest
Downtown Sun Prairie is set for their annual Oktoberfest celebration, the Fall Beer Test. This year they are welcoming in 25 local businesses, where attendees can sample up to two flavors of fall beer, ale or cider from each business, while live Oktoberfest-style musical entertainment plays on East Main Street. Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m., 228 E. Main St., Sun Prairie

The Grumpy Troll’s Oktoberfest
Whether you’re looking for fun for kids or adults, The Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb has what you’re looking for. Seven bands are booked for the weekend with rock, including a traditional third-generation polka band after the Saturday keg tap. To make Oktoberfest, something for the kids, Sugar Troll has balloon twisting, face painting and snow cones, plus a live magician on Sunday. Sept. 18-19, 105 S. 2nd St., Mount Horeb

Full Mile Oktoberfest
The Full Mile brewery will be debuting two new styles of Oktoberfest beer as part of its celebration. Live polka and country rock music will play throughout the afternoon — the perfect combination for a beer and a burger. Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 132 Market St., Sun Prairie

New Glarus Oktoberfest
New Glarus is once again set to host a four-day Oktoberfest event, with live music, wagon rides, a tractor pull and more taking center stage over the weekend. Great local food and New Glarus Brewing Co. beer will be available at vendor stands and the beer tent. Sept. 23-26, 418 Railroad St., New Glarus

Bierock Bar and Restaurant
If bratwurst, cheese curds and German beer sounds like the perfect way to watch football and celebrate Oktoberfest, Bierock might be the place for you. The German-inspired restaurant and bar is hosting two weekends of more than 24 beers on tap and prize giveaways, while the Badgers and Packers games play on a huge TV. Sept. 25-26 and Oct 2-3, 2911 N. Sherman Ave.

Bur Oak-toberfest
The Madison event venue is partnering with State Line Distillery and Young Blood Beer Co. to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy cocktails, draft beer, food and live music, with all profits donated to the Dane County-based Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation. Sept. 30, 4 p.m.-close, 2262 Winnebago St.

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