Cold beer, hot bratwurst, some kraut and the boom of the polka band in the background…that’s right, its time for a local Oktoberfest, and like a foamy pint of German lager, the Fox River Valley is overflowing with options.
From small-scale fundraisers to huge community festivals, there’s an Oktoberfest for everyone, so pull on your lederhosen and head out for all the fun!
McHenry Sunrise Rotary’s Community Oktoberfest
September 21 – Peterson Park, 4311 Lakewood Rd, McHenry
Enjoy live music, food and beverages, and arts and crafts while celebrating under an outdoor tent from noon to 11:00 p.m. Live music throughout the day, kid’s games, raffles, food vendors, beer and other beverages for sale. One hundred percent of our proceeds will be used to fund key Rotary initiatives.
Broken Oar Oartoberfest
614 Rawson Bridge Rd, Barrington
September 20 - 22
Oartoberfest is back at the Broken Oar! Three days filled with German food and fun! The weekend features live music favorite local bands including Modern Day Romeos, Hi Infidelity and Kashmir. For a complete concert lineup check online at www.brokenoar.com
St. Margaret Mary Catholic School
September 21 – 22
119 S Hubbard St, Algonquin
An annual tradition to celebrate the official kickoff of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Six bands, authentic German beer and food, kids games, sweets and all the fun your friends and family can handle. Open to the public.
Two Brothers Roundhouse Oktoberfest
September 22 – Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora
Noon – 10 p.m.
Get ready to raise a glass, stein or boot at the annual Oktoberfest celebration, featuring the seasonal Two Brothers Oktoberfest-style lager, Atom Smasher!
All the favorites are back this year: the live German Oompah music, authentic German food, stein holding competitions, lederhosen/dirndl contests and, lots and lots of Two Brothers beer! As always, still family-friendly and totally free to attend.
1:45 – 2:15 pm – Mens, Womens, Kids, Drindl/Lederhosen Contest 3:30- 4 pm – Women’s Stein Holding Contest 5:15-5:45 pm – Men’s Stein Holding Contest
Penrose Brewing Oktoberfest
509 Stevens St, Geneva
September 27 – 5 – 9 p.m.
Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, get ready for some stein drinking, as Penrose hosts it’s 1st ever Penrose Oktoberfest Party, an old fashion good time and a chance to raise a stein or two to help a local family in need! Tickets $5 at the door or $10 if you want a Penrose stein to drink from and take home. The Penrose Festbier will be flowing and Nobel House Geneva will be serving up some traditional German fare.
Think you’ve got the coolest beard or mustache in town? Put it to the test in our Beard and Mustache Styling Competition. Beardsgaard Barbers will have their very own Tyler styling mustache’s and beards from 5:30-7 P.M. Judging and winner will be announced at 7:30. This competition is for the first 10-15 participants to sign up. Tickets can be purchased for voting and voting is unlimited. Facial hair not your thing? Try your best at our Stein Holding Competition to show your strength where the winner takes home a specialty Penrose Glass Stein.
Best part? All proceeds of the Oktoberfest party will go to a Batavia family who’s very young daughter, Wrenley is fighting idiopathic aplastic anemia and hemolytic anemia, both which require bone marrow transplants
September 27-29, River Street, Batavia
A traditional Oktoberfest event in a beautiful river community which will feature authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer!
Back again this year is Family Day on Sunday!
Official Sam Adams stein hoisting contests on Friday night and Saturday night.
All Batavia Oktoberfest happenings will be hosted on North River Street between Wilson Street and Spring Street.
September 28 – St. Mark Catholic School, plano
Come to enjoy some food, live music, performance and drinks, from noon to 10 p.m..
We will have brats; brat burgers with a bacon sauerkraut; and porkchop sandwiches from Sage’s in Oswego. Free admission. Music starts at 7 p.m.
Marmion Academy Oktoberfest
Saturday September 28
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ticket includes a delicious German dinner, all beverages all night (seasonal beers, wine, spiked seltzer, soda and water) and live music featuring dueling pianos from Howl at the Moon Howl2GO Dueling Pianos. This 21 and over event is open to everyone. Gather your friends and enjoy a fun night under the stars. For more information and to register go to www.marmion.org/fest
Oswego Brewing Oktoberfest Family Day
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 10 AM – 7 PM
Oswego Brewing Company, 61 S. Main Street, Oswego
Looking for a more family-friendly Oktoberfest? This year adds some kid-friendly activities to make it fun for everybody! German Food by Wurst Kitchen. Serving Märzen, Hefeweizen, Kölsch, and Pilsner beers, along side the OBC’s regular offerings! Live music all day, with tented outdoor space in the parking lot to keep you warm and dry. So dust off your dirndl, pull out your lederhosen, and come party at OBC for Oktoberfest 2019.
Saturday, October 5
Noon – 9 PM
Hydraulic Street, at the Riverfront, Yorkville
The Kiwanis Club of Yorkville in partnership with the United City of Yorkville bring us the second annual Yorktoberfest on the banks of the beautiful fox river in historic Downtown Yorkville. We are honored to help sponsor some of the best musical talent in the country for a great cause. All net proceeds from the event will go to funding the club's college scholarship program. Admission is free.
3 p.m. John D. Hale Band 5 p.m. Tim Gleason 7 p.m. Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts