A Chicago Family’s Guide to Oktoberfest

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a stein or two and take advantage of some of the amazing Oktoberfests going on in and around Chicagoland. Take it from me, happy parents yield happy kids so head out to one of these events, order the biggest pretzel you can find, and celebrate everything you love about Germany’s culture.  Just don’t head out without brushing up on my Chicago Family’s Guide to Oktoberfest.


Berghoff Oktoberfest, Chicago

September 8 thru October 8

Although there aren’t any kid specific activities, what kid doesn’t love devouring pretzels and root beer all while listening to fun live music?


Hofbrauhaus Chicago, Rosemont

September 16th thru October 23rd

Put on your lederhosen and head over to this family friendly spot for delicious food and drink.  After all, the Hofbrauhaus is the first and only German micro brewery, beer hall, restaurant, and beer garden in Chicago!


Oak Brook Oktoberfest, Oak Brook

September 24th

Enjoy sports, games and of course delicious German beer at the 6th annual Oktoberfest! Admission is free and there are TONS of kids activities ranging from pony rides, bounce houses, crafts, and much more! Kids activities are from 1-5 p.m.


St. Alphonsus Church Oktoberfest, Chicago

September 23rd thru September 25th

Enjoy tons of food, drink, and family friendly entertainment on three different stages. Take the kids to KinderFest for activities just for them, including inflatables, dance and art activities, and more! Admission is $5.


Vernon Hills Oktoberfest, Vernon Hills

September 24th

Celebrate Fall harvest at this free event with the entire family! Activities include crafts, face painting, pumpkin decorating, inflatables, and a petting zoo. Kids activities take place between 3 and 7 p.m.


Naper Settlement Oktoberfest, Naperville

September 30th thru October 1st

Celebrate Chicagoland’s German heritage through food, music, and drinks. The Oktoberfest celebration is family friendly from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission ranges from $15-$10 with food and drinks costing extra.


Oktoberfest at Lynfred Winery, Roselle

October 1st thru October 2nd

Enjoy a wine themed twist on Oktoberfest, including grape stomping and spitting. There is fun for the whole family, including music and grape themed fun, capped off my a pig roast! Kids 13 years and under are free, regular admission is $3. Kids’ activities take place mid day between 3-6 (Saturday) and 1-4 (Sunday).


Happy Oktoberfest! Looking for other ways to celebrate Fall in Chicagoland?


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  1. Nile says

    Oktoberfest is huge down here in the St. Louis and Belleville area, especially Belleville, IL (German town with a French name.) I always look forward to it every year.

    I can’t believe it’s almost October!

    • Amanda says

      Which event do you think would suit your family best? We are heading to the Lynfred Winery for sure, as well as St. A’s!

  2. Jay Simms says

    I have always wanted to go to an Oktoberfest! I am going to have to look around and see if there is going to be one anywhere local.

  3. Ricci says

    Oktoberfest is so fun! I would love to come to Chicago for it sometime, but my little town thankfully has a decent celebration too!

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