Top 8 Oktoberfest Road Trip Destinations
Get out on the road this fall to enjoy some of the most spirited celebrations of the season: Oktoberfest! With a ton in every state, there is no shortage of German food, music, and spirit. If you want the best of the best, stop by some of our top-ranked Oktoberfests in America.
#8 – Linde Oktoberfest / Tulsa, OK
Stuff your face with amazing German (and non) food at the Linde Oktoberfest. Located right on the Arkansas River, you can pretend it’s the Rhine and that you’re in Germany. It won’t be hard either with the variety of German food, beer, games, and garb.
#7 – Acadia’s Oktoberfest / Acadia, ME
Travel up to Maine for a weekend of eating, drinking, and shopping for crafts. This food, beer, and craft festival combines something for everyone with delicious fare, drink, and shopping. Take part in a keg toss if you’re feeling strong or sit back and relax while you enjoy the music and dancing.
#6 – Los Angeles Oktoberfest / Los Angeles, CA
Every year, German beer lovers gather at the Beverly Hills Country Club to partake in a beer drinking experience like no other. With international beer menus, local beers, attractive beer maids, and a ton of German flare, this huge event will allow you to sample the best of Germany.
#5 – Lancaster Brewery Oktoberfest / Lancaster, PA
This might be more of a draw for the foodies than the beer drinkers, but rest assured that the beer is delicious too! The reason we say this is because the Lancaster Brewery Oktoberfest is known for its brats, cheeses, sausage platters, schnitzel, and more. Wash it all down with the brewery’s special batches of Oktoberfest beers and hefeweizen.
#4 – Harpoon Octoberfest / Boston, MA
Switch it up from the mountainous Oktoberfest locations to this urban setting. Located at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA, good beer is a given. This is also the only one where we’ve seen a German chocolate cake eating competition advertised. So bring your appetite!
#3 – Helen Oktoberfest / Helen, VA
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this is another Bavaria-inspired Oktoberfest with no shortage of German food and beer. Located in the Helen Festhalle, listen to lively accordion, dine on brats and pretzels, don your lederhosen, dance, and drink the day away at this famous Oktoberfest.
#2 – Snowbird Oktoberfest / Salt Lake City, UT
They aren’t the Alps, but you won’t feel like you’re settling for the Wasatch Mountains of Utah—where the nationally acclaimed, Snowbird Oktoberfest is held. With an alpine slide, dozens of local beers, including a pumpkin ale served with whipped cream, chairlift rides, authentic German food and music, custom steins, and a tram ride up to the top of the resort’s peak, you can hike, drink, eat, and take in the sights at this incredible Oktoberfest.
#1- Denver Oktoberfest
Rated the top Oktoberfest in the U.S. by USA Today and Maxim, we agree. Denver Oktoberfest has German competitions, beer, music, dancing, and a ton of other scheduled events packed into two weekends in September. This year, they’re hosting Oktoberfest for the 46th year and it’s bound to be a big one. Get ready for an explosion of lederhosen, steins, and over 350,000 happy patrons at this huge Oktoberfest.