Double the fun during Oktoberfest weekends by squeezing in some extra autumn action, like fall foliage boat rides, wine tasting, apple orchards and more. Lederhosen not required!
One of Wisconsin’s “biggies,” Oktoberfest USA provides all the German ingredients from oompah bands to clinking beer steins. But you can’t stop there.
The fall colors along the Mississippi are begging to be seen. Go by boat on the La Crosse Queen Cruises. Go by car and follow the Great River Road. Or simply drive to the top of nearby Grandad Bluff for a spectacular tri-state view.
America’s Little Switzerland is no slouch with its Oktoberfest celebration. Hosted by New Glarus Brewing Co. under a massive tent downtown, the free event offers entertainment for all ages, brats, beer and wagon rides.
If you’re still thirsty and curious, visit the popular brewery for a friendly and fascinating tour. Or head to the Hawks Mill Winehouse for a refreshing sampling. Cycling fans can bike the 24-mile Sugar River State Trail that includes access to New Glarus Woods State Park.
Oktoberfest kicks off with a Golden Keg Procession from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, famous for its German-style beer. Pucker up for the sauerkraut-eating contest! Check out the four stages of entertainment and join the singalongs or sheepshead tournament.
More fun awaits at Bushel and a Peck, where you pick your own apples from more than 30 varieties in their orchards or go straight to the bakery for a pie or caramel apple. Pair your apples with wine by stopping at the Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard. Take a relaxing stroll by the waterfalls at the 300 + acre scenic Irvine Park and Zoo.
Willokommen ("welcome") to the rich heritage of the Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest! Held at Dheinsville Historic Park, an 1840s crossroad settlement of German pioneers, it offers classic German dishes, live music, children’s programs, a car show and more.
Keep it festive with a visit to the nearby Bast Bell Museum, with its quirky collection of more than 5,000 bells. Shop the Sinter Klausen Christmas Market, renowned for its German mouth-blown glass ornaments, nutcrackers and figurines.
Top off the day with a scenic drive to the Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary. The kaleidoscope of autumn colors takes your breath away.
Just 20 miles north of Milwaukee, the quaint historic city of Cedarburg is known for its festivals, and Oktoberfest is no exception. The smell of sausage is in the air, like wiener schnitzel, german sausage, currywurst and bratwurst. Polka dancing is encouraged on the special wood dance floor. Compete in a German Spelling Bee from Ault to Zither (A-Z).
Explore the 25 unique shops and restaurants that make up the Cedar Creek Settlement, with a stop and sip at the award-winning Cedar Creek Winery. Find your muse at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. Step back in time by visiting the Cedarburg Bridge in Covered Bridge Park, the sole survivor from Wisconsin’s original 40 covered bridges.
Everything’s better by the lake, including Oktoberfest! This family-friendly event features pony rides, bouncy houses, German music, brats, potato pancakes and cider doughnuts.
Enjoy the fresh lake air and fall colors by walking part of the 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path with its glimpses at stately homes and gardens. Get right on the water for dinner or a fiery sunset with Lake Geneva Cruise Line.
For crisp, crunchy apples, take a short country drive to Hafs Road Orchard. Choose from more than 50 varieties and indulge in a hand-dipped honeycrisp caramel apple while you’re there.