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It’s one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the country! La Crosse Oktoberfest hosts events in two locations in the city: Copeland Park right off U.S. 53 on the north side, and off 2nd & La Crosse Streets downtown – also right off U.S. 53. Get driving directions here. This time of year both Munich and La Crosse are filled with “merrymaking” and a carnival atmosphere known in both cities as Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest, USA, is one of the few authentic Old World folk festivals held annually in the United States. You’ll find plenty of beer, music, fun, food, lederhosen, dirndls, and more complemented with a carnival featuring rides, parades featuring the annually-elected “Royal Family,” the 2018 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Pageant, and enough accordions and Munich-style tents to make you feel like you’re in Deutschland.
The Torchlight Parade will take place opening day, Thursday, September 27th, with Craft Beer Night happening that evening. For $30 admission, the FestZelt tent will feature over 40 craft brewers and their products – and you can sample ’em all!
Friday night September 28th has the Festmaster Ball at the La Crosse Center’s South Hall, where the Festmaster and Frau will be introduced.
Other events include weiner dog races, live music, special German dinners, Lederhosen Games, and more. Get the latest events list here!
For 2018, La Crosse Oktoberfest USA offers new, printed 4-day admission passes to the Oktoberfest Southside Grounds (the Northside Grounds have free admission.) The 2018 Advance Price for the 4-day pass is $10 and is good for admission all four days of Oktoberfest 2018 and for ticketed events as noted.
Single day admission tickets for Southside Grounds: (available day-of at Fest office only)
Thursday, Sept. 27 – $5 (starting at 4pm)
Friday, Sept. 28 – $10 (all day)
Saturday, Sept. 29 – $10 (all day)
Sunday, Sept. 30 – $5 (all day)
No button or admission ticket required for the Northside Grounds for Oktoberfest 2018
Children 12 and Under Admitted Free
All Southside Ground patrons will have ID’s checked. Those 21 and over will be wrist-banded. Some portions of the Southside Grounds are restricted to 21 and over.
The Oktoberfest Shelter on the Northside is 21 and over only. IDs will be checked. Balance of Northside Grounds (food vendors and carnival area) is open to all ages.
A number of Oktoberfest events require additional ticketed admission. Tickets for most events are available from the Oktoberfest Online Store or at the Oktoberfest office.
La Crosse Oktoberfest USA is a great time in a true beer town. La Crosse is easily reached via U.S. 14, 53, or 61; I-90; and Highways 16, 33, and 35. The drive to and from is gorgeous too, especially at this time of the year!
Check the La Crosse Oktoberfest USA website for additional details!