Attention brew lovers and brat foodies: It’s that time of year again. What began in Munich in 1810 as a royal wedding party for King Ludwig I has now turned into a popular fall festival celebrated around the world. Yet, no one celebrates Oktoberfest quite like Chicagoland.
Head out to downtown Oak Park this weekend for the annual Oaktoberfest. Handcrafted microbrews and local beers will be offered alongside fine wines and delicious meals from local restaurants. A robust kids program will capture the imagination of pint-sized festival goers at the Kids’ Rootbeer Garden on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. And don’t miss out on the top entertainment hosted on Friday and Saturday evening.
Located in the South Lakeview neighborhood, Oktoberfest Chicago will celebrate its 13th year with a “bigger and better” celebration. Thousands of festival-goers will come participate in three days of great beer, homemade bratwurst and top area bands. Keeping with tradition, the festival will also be celebrated outside in beer garden fashion and with the “oom-pah” of German music. Join the fun on September 27 – 29.
Naper Settlement, Naperville’s 12-acre outdoor history museum, brings Oktoberfest to residents and visitors on October 4 – 5. This annual autumn event brings everything from German music to classic rock for a family-friendly weekend of entertainment. Plan ahead to enjoy family activities on Saturday, and make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time for a discount.
Whether you’re of German descent or just looking for an excuse to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, these Oktoberfest celebrations are not to be missed.