10 Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the US

The legendary annual celebration of Oktoberfest brings together the beer-enthusiasts of the world. And because the festival has become so popular, many cities around the world have created their own pop-up celebrations.

So if you can’t fit in the trek to Munich, Germany for the real deal, we put together a list of the best Oktoberfest celebrations around the US that can offer the same high spirits while cutting out the hours of transit. Because many of the host locations are in smaller towns, often a private jet charter can reach a smaller airport and get you to the Biergartens faster.

Take a look at our top picks & call our Flight Team (24/7) for availability at (866) 726-1222 or contact us online.

1) Frankenmuth Oktoberfest in Michigan

Frankenmuth was an established Bavarian mission colony in 1845 – and it still carries the same authentic charm today.

Officially sanctioned by the mayor of Munich, it is the only Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany to receive such an honor.

Be sure to get in full costume to really experience Oktoberfest!

Be sure to get in full costume to really experience Oktoberfest!

Closest Airport: Saginaw County HW Browne Airport (just a 15 minute drive from Frankenmuth)

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2) Munich on the East River

New York City seems to have a version of every major event in the world, and Oktoberfest is no except. Authentic German restaurant Zum Schneider sets up a large tent along the East River to celebrate in style. Featuring live music, authentic food, and more, this Oktoberfest is both authentic and energetic.

New York is never a bad idea, and Oktoberfest is no exception.

New York is never a bad idea, and Oktoberfest is no exception.

Closest Airport: Teterboro Airport

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3) Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Since 1978, the Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa has featured live German bands, authentic cuisine, Bavarian crafts as well as typical American fair activities such as entertainment rides, dances, and even the Dachshund Dash.

Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa is among the most authentic experiences in the US

Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa is among the most authentic experiences in the US

Closest Airport: Tulsa International Airport

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4) Fredericksburg Oktoberfest in Texas

Affectionately known as “Fritztown” by locals, this Texas town was actually founded by Germans in 1846 and is home to a special dialect of the language known as “Texas German.”

This Oktoberfest features big brass bands playing traditional folk music, yodelers, authentic German dishes, and of course, imported German beers.

 

Enjoy the outdoor beer halls!

Enjoy the outdoor beer halls!

Closest Airport: Fredericksburg Gillespie County Airport

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5) Alpine Village Oktoberfest in Torrance, California

Alpine Village is a local restaurant, bakery, and Bierhall in Torrance. For Oktoberfest, the establishment flies in an Oompah band from Germany and prepares all the traditional German bites to accompany the music, from shnitzel and pretzels to imported beer and bratwurst.

Enjoy authentic live music & be temporarily transported to old Bavaria

Enjoy authentic live music & be temporarily transported to old Bavaria

Closest Airport: Torrance Zamperini Field (a quick drive from the festival grounds!)

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6) Zinzinnati Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest celebrations are the largest in the US with over 500,000 visitors annually.

Festivities include genuine German cuisine, live music, and of course, abundant German beer.

From dancing to eating, Zinzinnati has it all.

From dancing to eating, Zinzinnati has it all.

The Zinzinnati Oktoberfest also features a “Running of the Wieners” where 100 Dachshunds race each other, as well as the world’s largest chicken dance.

Closest Airport: Cincinnati Lunken Field

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7) Oktoberfest in Denver, Colorado

Denver has a historic German presence, with the 1910 census showing about 10% of the population of German or Austrian background.

How long can you hold your stein out?

How long can you hold your stein out?

Denver celebrates with over 350,000 people with imported beer, a bratwurst eating content, and a stein hoisting championship.

Closest Airport: Denver Centennial Airport or Denver Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport are great alternatives to Denver International Airport

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8) Oktoberfest in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Wisonsin has a strong German presence and active community. Oktoberfest in La Crosse kicks off with the Festmeister’s Ball and continues with multiple parades, cultural activities, photo contests, and a Miss Oktoberfest beauty pageant.

Enjoy one of the many spirited parades in La Crosse

Enjoy one of the many spirited parades in La Crosse

Closest Airport: La Crosse Regional Airport

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9) Oktoberfest by the Bay, San Francisco

San Francisco is home to over 15 German clubs, which make their presence known during Oktoberfest by the Bay.

Enjoy the mild sunshine and fresh brews in the Bay.

Enjoy the mild sunshine and fresh brews in the Bay.

Aside from the ideal weather, this Oktoberfest features live Bavarian bands and authentic beers.

Closest Airport: Oakland International Airport (this airport is often much cheaper than San Francisco International!)

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10) Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia

Helen, Georgia is an idyllic Alpine village with many specialty shops and authentic restaurants. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque town certainly sets the scene for an authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Enjoy the spirit of Oktoberfest year round in Helen.

Enjoy the spirit of Oktoberfest year round in Helen.

Closest Airport: Habersham County Airport (cut out the 1 hr+ drive from Atlanta!)

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