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Best Oktoberfest Celebrations In The Twin Cities

September 7, 2011 8:00 AM

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Break out the lederhosen! Okotoberfest, that annual German-beer-drinking festival, is just around the corner and there are several events worth checking out. Music, polka dancing, and of course, German food and beer, are all on the menu. Here are our picks for the best celebrations in the Twin Cities.

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Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit Oktoberfest

Fri – Sat, September 23 – October 15
5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
2300 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 781-3860

For four weekends, beer-lovers will converge for this Northeast restaurant and bar’s Oktoberfest celebration. A massive outdoor tent will house brats, beer, a full bar, dancing and live polka music. You can bring your own mug ($5 for every half-liter) or buy one of their half-liter mugs for only $5. Love bratwurst sausages? You might want to come hungry and show the meterbrat eating contest. There’s no cover charge for Oktoberfest, so be prepared to drink, eat and dance the night away.

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St. Paul Okotoberfest

Friday, October 7, dinner through 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, noon – 11:30 p.m.
Klub Haus
1079 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN

The St. Paul Oktoberfest celebrates the Germanic heritage of St. Paul’s North End neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods with a family-friendly event and a menu of delicious German food including bratwurst, Black Forest style pork chops, German potato salad, pretzels, strudel and German chocolate cake. And German beer, of course.

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Twin Cities Oktoberfest

October 7 – 8
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Get ready to polka ’til you drop. For two days, there will be non-stop fun and overflowing beer from Summit Oktoberfest (and wine from Pedroncelli for non-beer drinkers) at the Twin Cities’ official Oktoberfest. Enjoy live music from bands such as the Bavarian Musikmeisters and the Jolly Huntsmen Band, while snacking on bratwurst sausages and other German eats and beverages.

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Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter Oktoberfest

September 16 – 18, 23 – 35
Fridays & Saturdays 5:00-11:00 pm and Sundays noon-6:00 pm
8390 Lofton Ave N
Stillwater, MN

Attendants from previous years have called this one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations around with great crowd, delicious food, live music by the Artie Schaefer Band. Sundays are family days so kids can have their fill of fun with free pony rides and other entertainment. Of course, the beer and the German food are the highlights at the Stillwater festivities, so hopefully your lederhosen are stretchy.

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  • Claire

    Ummmm…do some research please. One f these events iscancelled and has been according to their website for some time now, but the writer of this article couldn’t be bothered with such details. Hack.

  • Robert

    September 17 – October 3, you want a real festival go to Munich.
    These are the actual dates. Oktoberfest has nothing to do with October.

  • Jan

    The reporter also missed the dates for Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit Oktoberfest, it is also held on Fri Sept 30.

    Very poor reporting, especially about the event that was cancelled earlier this summer due to the founders death.

    • cs

      A lot of times the editors will go back and make changes to articles after obvious errors are pointed out.

  • Arizonan Gringa

    What? Oktobefest? If you like Oktoberfest so much, go back to Germany! This is America!

    Now you know how Hispanics feel when you tell them to go back to Mexico. Mexicans are from Mexico. Hispanics can be from numerous countries, including the US.

    • Klaus

      I think it is pretty obvious that you don’t get the point at all of any of the posts. Yes, this is America and it is a beautiful melting pot of so many cultures that we all enjoy celebrating. Also, your comment has absolutely no relevance to this what so ever. But for conversation sake, shall we do away with celebrating Hispanic holidays too, I mean after all you said it so yourself about going back to where you came from.
      By the way, class act on portraying yourself as a self righteous bigot.

  • Dave Bartholomay

    I’m here for the beer, Love the local beer made right here in the twin cities.

  • eclectic den

    There’s more to the Cities than Mpls & St. Paul. Ever notice all the suburbs and nearby cities and towns within decent driving time? It’s amazing. There’s much more than four and you won’t have to list any cancelled ones. At last reflection the Twin Cities Metro actually extends beyond the contiguous ‘burbs and may be argued to be as large as or larger than a 50 mile radius centered on I-94 and the Mississippi River. Enjoy broad horizons. There are more fests than you can shake a stick at—and beer is integral to the deep heritage of MN and WI.

  • Diane Johnson

    I think I’ll be attending on the 35th of September. Anyone else care to join me?

  • Mike

    The 2011 Oktoberfest Fall Festival on the Mpls Riverfront HAS BEEN CANCELED.

    It would be nice when people know an event is cancelled that they actually post it.

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