Fall is in the air which means Oktoberfest events have started lining up! It’s not just for grownups as many of the events make it a family affair for everyone to enjoy! Celebrate this traditional German festival with games, crafts, bounce houses, festival foods and of course some beer for the grownups! Here is a list of Oktoberfest events in Chicago and the suburbs for the whole family to enjoy!Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus - Chicago
As their motto says, celebrate German heritage Chicago style! This is enough to bring us to this wonderful, family friendly German festival. What we love about this fest is that they make it super kid friendly with its dedicated Kinderfest for kids of all ages to enjoy with activities such as face painting, kids can learn how to polka, obstacle course, bounce house and German storytelling! After the family fun, enjoy the cover bands on stage with German festival foods and beer!Kid’s Activities:
Kinderfest Family Fun on Sat and Sun from 11 AM to 4 PM.
$5 entrance. Craft beer night on Friday and Saturday nights is $40 and includes tastings from European breweries and local crafts. You'll get a commemorative glass, a pretzel necklace and lots of good beer to try.Hours:
Friday, Sept 23, 2016, 5 PM to 10 PM. Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 11 AM to 10 PM. Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 11 AM to 7 PM.
St, Alphonsus Church
1429 W. Wellington Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Neighborhood: Lakeviewwww.oktoberfestchicago.orgBerghoff Oktoberfest – Chicago
Celebrating Oktoberfest Inside The Berghoff Restaurant. Visit the Berghoff where we are celebrating Oktoberfest all month long, indoors. Join us each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for live Oktoberfest music. Featuring The Johnny Wagner Band, Bratwurst Brothers, Alpine Thunder, and more. Thursdays & Fridays – 4:30-7:30pm in The Berghoff Bar, Saturdays – 12:00-3:00pm in The Dining Room.Kid's Activities:
No kid activities. But, the loop location make it a convenient after work spot with the kiddos. Oktoberfest bands are sure to entertain the kiddos. Also playing on Saturday afternoons.Admission:
Free entry, food priced per itemHours:
Live Oktoberfest music from Sept 8 to Oct 8, Thursdays & Fridays – 4:30-7:30pm in The Berghoff Bar, Saturdays – 12:00-3:00pm in The Dining Room.
17 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60603
312-427-3170www.theberghoff.comOak Park OAKtoberfest
Oktoberfest or OAKtoberfest as Oak Park likes to call it is a festive fall festival for the whole family to enjoy! The event is located in downtown Oak Park and includes a premier music line up, delicious foods from local restaurants, specialty craft beers and a Kids Root Beer Garden! Bring the whole family as there is something here for everyone! For city residents who want to make the trek, it is only 9 miles from the city!
Kids Root Beer Garden on Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM. It includes a kid’s musical show with Oak Park School of Rock performing on stage Saturday from 12 PM to 2 PM. Zucchini races, root beer floats, obstacle course and skill workshops and many free games and activities sponsored by local organizations.Admission:
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 10 PM. Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 12 PM to 10 PM. Kids Root Beer Garden is Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM.
Oak Park OAKtoberfest
Marion Street, Downtown Oak Park
Area: West Suburbswww.oaktoberfest.netMount Prospect Oktoberfest
Join in the fun of celebrating Mount Prospect’s heritage with authentic German food, spirits and music!
Kid's Activities: The Wildbird Shack will be at the children's activity tent with all sorts of fun! Make your own pine cone bird feeder, craft your own scarecrow and design your own sidewalk masterpiece! Also, join us for the famous never-ending trick-or-treat line where we will give away treats! Fun will also include hayrides, live entertainment and more.
Hours: Friday, Saturday October 7 & 8, 2016. 4 PM to 11 PM on Friday and 1 PM to 4 PM on Saturday.
Cost: Admission is free
Downtown Mount Prospect
Intersection of Busse and Emerson
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Area: Northwest Suburbs
Glenview Haus Oktoberfest – Glenview
Glenview House, a long standing restaurant, specializing in an extensive selection of beers and whiskey is hosting its fourth annual Oktoberfest. It is a family fun event celebrating German food and culture. The event includes authentic foods and music from Die Musikmeisters! Kid’s activities available so that the kiddos can get in on the fun too!
Bounce house and face painting from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.Admission:
Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 11 AM to 11 PM.
1843 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
Party Tent located on Railroad Drive just west of the restaurant.
Area: North Suburbswww.theglenviewhouse.comOak Brook Oktoberfest – Oak Brook, IL
Oak Brook celebrates its 6th annual Oktoberfest with live music, kid’s activities, softball tournament, German foods and of course beer! Also at the event is a football and volleyball tournament! Don’t miss this family friendly event!Kid’s Activities:
Clowns, pumpkin walk, crafts, pony rides, moon jump, fire department activities and appearance by Ronald McDonald.Admission:
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 12 PM to 8 PM. Kid’s activities are from 1 PM to 5 PM.
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Area: West Suburbswww.obparks.orgEvanston Oktoberfest – Evanston, IL
Evanston Oktoberfest celebrates this festive German festival by featuring Evanston’s craft breweries and brewpubs as well as live music, food vendors, dancing and children’s activities. You must purchase tickets to attend.
Kids are welcome and they'll be arts and crafts led by Gather from 2-4pm and big games like Scrabble, Jenga and more going on all day.
Admission to Oktoberfest is $10 for General Admission (GA) or $15 VIP. VIP ticket holders get early access to the fest at 1pm; GA ticket holders can enter at 2pm. Beer tickets are sold separately online or at the event. Hours:
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 1 PM to 6 PM.
Parking Lot Behind Hilton Garden
1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Area: North SuburbsMore Info HereNaperville Oktoberfest – Naperville, IL
Naperville’s annual Oktoberfest celebrates its community’s heritage under their large heated tent with live music from classic rock to German oompa, along with German foods and beer. They make it a family affair with many kid friendly activities.
Saturday activities include activities such as hoola hoops and bag toss. Harvard Play Space is open Saturday. Nestled in a replica of a wooden fort, the Harvard Early Learning Playscape is designed for children ages 2 through 7 to explore the outdoors in a setting created just for them. The playscape playground provides opportunities for early childhood physical, imaginative and social development.
Advance tickets is $12 for adults and $8 for age 4 – 12. Under 4 is free. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for age 4 – 12. Naper Settlement members are free.Hours:
Friday, September 30, 2016 from 5 PM to 10 PM. Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12 PM to 10 PM. Kid’s activities on Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM.
523 S. Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
Area: West Suburbswww.napersettlement.orgSt. Joseph School Oktoberfest – Wilmette, IL
Oktoberfest at St. Joseph School is a family affair filled with shopping, foods, music and fun! The Midwest’s best antique dealers and specialty item vendors display their wares for sale to the public. In addition to shopping, this festival is filled with kid’s activities, German foods, beer and music. Top it off with a dance party with music of popular cover bands!Kid’s Activities:
A day of games, contests, entertainment and more! Admission:
Free to attend during the day. Evening dinner and outdoor party with music and dancing is for age 21 and over and costs $35, $20 for seniors.Hours:
Saturday, September 17, 2016. Antiques market is 9 AM to 4 PM and is free to attend. Dinner and outdoor party is from 6 PM to 11:30 PM. Kid’s festival is from 10 AM to 3 PM
St. Joseph School
1740 Lake Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
Area: North Suburbswww.stjosephwilmette.comVernon Hills Oktoberfest – Vernon Hills, IL
The 12th annual Oktoberfest at the Metra Station in Vernon Hills is filled with super fun family activities, food, beer and live music. Evening entertainment is from 7 to 10 PM which includes music, food and beer. Kid’s activities is during the day.Kid’s Activities:
Kid’s activities is from 3 PM to 7 PM and include crafts, paint your own pumpkin, free hay ride, petting zoo, balloon artist, face painting, magic and inflatables.Admission:
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 3 PM to 10 PM. Kid’s Activities are from 3 PM to 7 PM.
Vernon Hills Metra Station
75 U.S. 45
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Area: Northwest Suburbswww.vernonhills.orgVilla Park Oktoberfest – Villa Park, IL
Celebrating 37 years of family fun, Oktoberfest in Villa Park is packed full of weekend activities. Bring your own lawn chairs as seating is limited. Includes live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games and beer tent.Kid’s Activities:
Carnival games and rides as well as a designated kid’s zone for a day of family fun.Admission:
Free to attend. However, unlimited carnival rides is $20 per person.Hours:
Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5 PM to 11 PM. Saturday, September 10, 2016 from Noon to 11 PM. Sunday, September 11, 2016 from Noon to 5 PM.
320 W. Wildwood Ave.
Villa Park, IL
Area: West Suburbswww.vprd.orgPalatine Oktoberfest – Palatine, IL
Palatine’s Oktoberfest is an event where neighbors, friends and family come together to enjoy good food, beer, music and family entertainment. Live entertainment includes four bands plus family entertainment day on Saturday. Opening ceremonies start at 5 pm on Friday with a short parade and the tapping of a ceremonial keg.
Special children’s programming is offered. There will be musical and dance performances featuring local school groups and youth art organizations.Admission:
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5 PM to 12 AM. Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 12 PM to 12 AM. Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 12 PM to 6 PM. Kid’s Activities is Saturday from 12 PM to 3:30 PM.
Across from Palatine Train Station
150 W. Slade Street
Area: Northwest Suburbswww.palatinerotary.comBerwyn Oktoberfest – Berwyn, IL
Berwyn’s historic depot district presents its fifteenth annual Oktoberfest. This family friendly event takes place over two days. It includes lots of good food, live performances, amusement rides, kid’s activities, crafters, vendors and beer garden.
Kid’s musicians, balloon artist, local dancers, toddler play area, coloring books, healthy eating activities, face painting, arts and crafts, obstacle course, safety activities and tattoos.Admission:
Free to attendHours:
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 6 PM to 11 PM. Saturday, September 17, 2016 from Noon to 11 PM.
Depot District Area
On Windsor Avenue
between Oak Park and Home Avenues.
On Stanley Avenue
between Oak Park and Home Avenues.
Area: West Suburbswww.berwynoktoberfest.comOktoberfest at Lynfred Winery – Roselle, IL
This west suburban winery throws its annual Oktoberfest in celebration of the grape harvest. Bring the kiddos for a weekend of fun, food, music and grape stomping and spitting! Yes, grape stomping and spitting! Both kiddos and adults can get in on that fun! It is also a pig roast celebration with many contests and fun for the whole family! Top it off with some wine from the winery and their delicious taffy apple, apple strudel or German Chocolate cake.Kid’s Activities:
Musical sing a longs, grape stomping, grape spitting, cork tossing.
$3 entrance fee. Age 13 and under are free. Food/Beverage Tickets Available for $1. Wines Available by the Bottle or Glass.Hours:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 3 PM to 9 PM. Sunday, October 2, 2016 from Noon to 7 PM. Kid’s Activities on Saturday 3 PM to 6:30 PM, Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM.
15 South Roselle Road
Roselle, IL 60172
Area: Northwest Suburbswww.lynfredwinery.comPhoto Credit: Oktoberfest St. Alphonsus