After a year without Oktoberfest celebrations anywhere, we’re happy to announce that one of the Midwest’s biggest and best is coming back this weekend!
The Oktoberfest in the Amana settlements will officially begin this Friday morning October 1 and will continue until Sunday October 3. You can expect a weekend full of games, food, live entertainment, and lots and lots of BEER. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s event:
Where to park
You can park at multiple lots in Amana Settlements, but there is also free off-site parking at Amana RV Park with a shuttle cart on Saturdays from 9am to 11pm.
How much do the tickets cost ?
Admission to the Festhalle Barn will cost you $ 10 for a day pass or $ 15 for a two day pass. Entrance is free on Sunday. You can save a few dollars by purchasing your tickets online HERE.
Where do I eat?
All over! There is a huge catering tent with German food next to the Festhalle Barn, Millstream will have several food trucks throughout the weekend, as well as amazing restaurants like Ronneburg and Ox Yoke Inn.
What about the drinks?
The Festhalle Barn and Millstream Brewing will have a lot of beer. You can even buy a souvenir mug to drink it! If you are more of a wine drinker, Ackerman Winery and Fireside Winery are for you. Ackerman will also be offering margarita wine slushes!
Friday October 1
Oktoberfest in Amana Settlements always begins at Millstream Brewing with the official Oktoberfest Keg Parade. Join the parade to the Amana Festhalle with Pat the Burgermeister and enjoy Oktoberfest’s first keg for FREE!
Live music will start at the Festhalle Barn at 11:30 am with Barefoot Becky and Ivanhoe’s Dutchman and will continue until 11:30 p.m. with groups like Alpensterne (3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), Folk singers from Amana colony (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and Die Tiefen Keller Kinder (7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.). More live music will take place throughout the day at other venues. The Millwright Hotel will host Brook hoover from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Felix & Fingers: Duel pianos from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m., and Jake Schrodt and the Residues will be on the Millstream Beer Tent stage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
saturday 2 october
Saturday will begin with a parade on the 220th Trail starting at 10 a.m., then the Timber Trek race at Amana RV Park will begin at noon. After that, all Oktoberfest games will start! Brezel Schmeissen will start at 12:45 p.m. and the Brat Eating contest ($ 20 to enter) will begin at 2 p.m. at the Festhalle Barn. At Market Barn, the Keg Toss & Log Swing contest will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., just like Nagelhauen, and the Eisenmann contest will start at 4 p.m.
In terms of entertainment, the Festhalle Barn will once again offer live music from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and the UNI dancers will be on the road to Millstream Brau Haus at 11 p.m., Visitor Center at 1 p.m. and Amazing Grace Antiques at 2 p.m. The Millwright Hotel will feature live music throughout the day from Justin goodchild, Hot Rod Lincoln, and Skiing dogs. Millstream Brewing will present The Barry Boyce Group and Waves. And from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Ronneburg restaurant will offer live music from Becky and Ivanhoe’s Dutch.
Sunday October 3
The last day of Oktoberfest will feature more live music at the Festhalle Barn from noon to 4:30 p.m., plus a performance by the Schmidt brothers at the Millwright Hotel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an acoustic show by Nick Stika at Millstream Brewing from 1 p.m. at 16 o’clock
To view the Oktoberfest brochure with additional details, click HERE.
The NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids also hosts its own family Oktoberfest celebration on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can get more information about this event HERE.
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