Sep 12, 2023 - Food and Drink

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Twin Cities

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Oktoberfest, festivals inspired by the German tradition celebrating beer and Bavarian culture, is in full swing, and there are plenty of specialty brews, traditional German food and activities to enjoy.

  • Here are 10 to check out around the Twin Cities. The majority are family friendly.

Utepils Brewing: The Minneapolis brewery has one of the most popular celebrations in the Cities, featuring live music, meat raffles and this year, two vow renewal ceremonies. Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23

  • Admission is $5 on Saturdays and free on Fridays.

Pryes Brewing Company: The North Loop taproom on the banks of the Mississippi River has three packed weekends of activities, including new beer releases, a petting zoo and a pumpkin patch. Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Dual Citizen Brewing Co.: "Blocktoberfest" shuts down the street for food trucks, live music and this year, a live mural painting on the St. Paul building.

Saint Paul Brewing: The beer garden will host celebrations on three Sundays, each with a different game — like "Hamm's-er-(s)lager'n," a Hamm's-themed twist on the traditional German activity. Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1

Indeed Brewing Company: The Northeast Minneapolis taproom's "Little Munich" celebration includes live music, specialty beers and a German-inspired pig roast from Revival. Wear lederhosen or dirndl for a discount on your first beer. Sept. 21

Wicked Wort Brewing Co.: The Robbinsdale brewery has a full bar in addition to its brews, live music and a mechanical bull from 3-7pm. Sept. 23

  • The venue is 21+.

Luce Line Brewing: Dress your best when heading to this Plymouth brewery — there will be a dirndl and lederhosen contest, plus an accordion minstrel and "hippity-hop races." Sept. 23

Chanhassen Brewing Company: The family-friendly celebration features a market, bounce house, hair tinsel and several silent auctions. Sept. 23

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company: The Loring Park taproom will host themed activities like a stein-holding competition, where guests must perfectly hold a full stein of beer for as long as possible. Sept. 30

Twin Cities Oktoberfest: One of the state's largest celebrations, held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, features 20 beers and ciders from four local breweries alongside German food and traditional music. Oct. 6-7


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