Beer, sausages, and general German revelry: Oktoberfest is an annual folk festival that has expanded from its origins in Munich to local celebrations around the world. Officially, this year’s festival takes place September 22nd-October 7th, but don’t worry! You haven’t missed it; in many places, the party lasts through October. So grab your steins and your lederhosen—here are 7 Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S. that are still going.
Boston, Massachusetts: Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Beantown loves its beer, and Oktoberfest is as good a reason as any to celebrate its most famous brew: the Sam Adams brewery will host their very own celebration on Friday, October 27th. The event includes a variety of original Sam Adams beers to sample, tons of food vendors, live music, and an inflatable slide. Tickets are $45 on Eventbrite, and the event is strictly 21+.
If you’re headed there, check out Moon Boston.
San Juan Islands, Washington: San Juan Island Brewing Co.
This local favorite brewery is bringing Oktoberfest to San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor on October 13th. The all-day celebration features delicious German food, live music, a costume contest, games, and of course—plenty of beer to go around! They’ll be featuring up to 12 styles of their handcrafted ales and lagers. Admission is free. For more information, see visitsanjuans.com.
If you’re headed there, check out Moon San Juan Islands.
Las Vegas, Nevada: Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
This raucous Vegas institution is modeled after Germany’s oldest beer hall and is essentially a year-round Oktoberfest, with traditional Bavarian food, authentic German beer, and live music. There’s something going on just about every night here, so check out their calendar for specific events (including celebrity keg tappings!).
If you’re headed there, check out Moon Nevada.
Leavenworth, Washington: Leavenworth Oktoberfest
The tiny town of Leavenworth leans all the way in to kitsch: the entire thing is modeled after a classic Bavarian village, so naturally, Oktoberfest is when they really shine. The 2018 Leavenworth Oktoberfest will take place over three weekends (October 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20), with four venues dedicated to live entertainment, food, and beer. Tickets are $10 for Fridays and $20 for Saturdays, and free for children under 12.
If you’re headed there, check out Moon Washington.
Nashville, Tennessee: Nashville Oktoberfest
This year, over a quarter of a million people are expected to attend the 39th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest, a 3-day festival (October 11th-14th) spanning 10 city blocks of Nashville’s historic Germantown. This celebration is pretty epic: in addition to seemingly endless beer and food vendors, there’s a 5k Bier Run, an Annual Parade, a Dachshund Derby, and so much more. Admission is free, but if you’re really committed, there are VIP tickets available for $119 (single day) or $169 (3-day pass).
If you’re headed there, check out Moon Nashville.
Tempeh Beach Park, Arizona: Four Peaks Brewing Co.
The Four Peaks Oktoberfest in Tempeh Beach Park has been going strong for 46 years, and it’s no wonder: the festival is massive and has everything from separate adults’ and kids’ carnivals to polka dancing, kickball tournaments, and, you guessed it, more dachshund races. There are different events on each day of the festival (October 12th, 13th, and 14th); admission is free, but entrance to the carnivals will cost you $30.
If you’re headed there, check out Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona.
Helen, Georgia: Helen Oktoberfest
This sleepy mountain town in North Georgia is another Bavarian-themed village that celebrates all things German year-round, and its annual Oktoberfest celebration is not to be missed. The all-ages event includes live German music, food and beer, and tons of dancing—waltzes, polkas, chicken dances, and more. It runs every weekend in September, and then daily through October 28th; admission is $8 Monday-Friday, $10 on Saturday, and free on Sunday.
If you’re headed there, check out Moon Georgia.