Our top 3 Oktoberfest picks

It’s the most wonderful time for beer.


German American Club’s annual Oktoberfest is perhaps the most popular and traditional one in Derby City.

Photo by Michael Moeller

Louisville might be named after the King of France, but we drink like the Germans.

Thanks to the 19th-century German immigrants that settled here — and their beer gardens — there’s no shortage of Oktoberfests this time of year modeled after the original in Munich.

Here are three of our favorites to check out this year. Prost!

German American Club Oktoberfest | Friday, Sept. 8-Saturday, Sept. 9, Multiple times
This annual family-friendly event is the biggest of the year for the German American Club, which is dedicated to promoting German culture and sociability. Entry is $5 each day, but kids are free. Pro tip: There’s lots of seating, but pack a lawn chair just in case.

Why you should go:

  • Live polka music
  • Stick horse racing for the kiddos
  • 14 imported German-style beers
  • Cafeteria-style German food menu — think: schnitzel, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and Fleischkäse (fried bologna)
  • Stein vendors

Bring your own stein or buy one at German American Club.

Photo by German American Club

Germantown Oktoberfest | Friday, Sept. 29, 4-9 p.m.
Germantown is basically obligated to throw an Oktoberfest — and luckily it has all the major components: beer, food, and games. Goss Avenue will close from Spratt to McHenry for the block party, so get there early to find parking.

Why you should go:

  • Twisted Tea Tailgate Party with ESPN Louisville
  • Sam Adams’ stein hoisting contest
  • West Sixth’s weiner dog races
  • Flea Off Market vendors
  • A food truck invasion by the Louisville Food Truck Association
  • Free entry

Steins on Main | Saturday, Sept. 30, 2-7 p.m.
Louisville Downtown Partnership, Louisville Ale Trail, and Against the Grain Brewery put their steins together to transform the outdoor RePurposed lot at 615 W. Main St. into an all-new Oktoberfest to celebrate Louisville’s rich German heritage.

Why you should go:

  • Features seven Louisville breweries — happy hour is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free + family-friendly
  • Benefits Coalition for the Homeless