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Event:
La Crosse Oktoberfest
Date:
September 30, 2021
Category:
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Organizer:
Oktoberfest U.S.A.
Phone:
608-784-3378
office@oktoberfestusa.com
Updated:
September 28, 2015
Venue:
Oktoberfest Grounds
Phone:
608-784-3378
Address:
1 Oktoberfest Strasse, La Crosse, WI, 54601, United States
Wisconsin Weekend: Oktoberfest La Crosse

La Crosse Oktoberfest logoIt’s one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the country! La Crosse Oktoberfest celebrates 61 years in 2022, having hosted its first big Oktoberfest back in 1961. 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 2022 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Pageant, and enough accordions and Munich-style tents to make you feel like you’re in Deutschland.

Downtown Fest Grounds open at 4pm on Thursday, September 30th. The Torchlight Parade will take place at 7pm that evening; Craft Beer Night starts at 4pm and runs until 8pm. For $60 admission, the FestZelt tent will feature over 20 craft brewers and their products – and you can sample ’em all! There’s also a Cornhole Tournament and fireworks – and that’s all on opening night!

La Crosse Oktoberfest Parade
The La Crosse Oktoberfest Parade, held Thursday.

Friday night October 1st has the Festmaster Ball at the La Crosse Center’s South Hall, where the Festmaster and Frau will be introduced.

Other events include wiener dog races, live music, special German dinners, Lederhosen Games, and more. Get the latest events list here!

Find out more about this year’s Oktoberfest with State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen, who discusses this as co-host of The Cabin, Discover Wisconsin’s official podcast:

TICKETS
You can buy a 3-Day Pass for only $20, which gets you in for the whole fest
VIP tickets are available for $100

Children 12 and Under Admitted Free

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!





La Crosse Oktoberfest Schedule of Events:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th
7–9 am: SENIOR BREAKFAST | Morrie’s Heritage Hofbräu Haus – Downtown Festgrounds
Free Admission! Pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, juice. Featuring live music and WIZM-AM live broadcast

11 am–2:30 pm: SPECIAL FESTER CARNIVAL | Northside Family Festgrounds

4–11 pm: DOWNTOWN FESTGROUNDS OPEN, $20 three-day pass or $100 VIP tickets available

4–9 pm: CARNIVAL, NORTHSIDE LA CROSSE, Fest fun with carnival rides and food vendors

4–8:30 pm: CRAFT BEER NIGHT | Downtown Festgrounds
$90 VIP 4 pm | $60 General Admission, 5 pm. Sample from more than 20 craft breweries.

7 pm: TORCHLIGHT PARADE | Northside La Crosse, Kane & Gillette Streets to Clinton Street

7–11 pm: TORCHLIGHT AFTER GLOW PARTY | Copeland Park – Loggers Field
Free admission and families welcome! Kick off your Oktoberfest on the Northside with The Swing Crew

8 pm: STUDENT NIGHT | Downtown Festgrounds

Free admission for students 21+ with a valid college student ID, enjoy current dance hits played by Twin Cities cover band, Good for Gary

Thursday’s Live Music
KAPLAN FESTPLATZ
8–10:30 pm GOOD FOR GARY

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
Hours: 9:30am –midnight

10 am: STEIN HOLDING FINALS | Garden Stage

11 am: OPENING CEREMONY | Garden Stage. The much-anticipated tapping of the Sam Adams Golden Keg

2–4 pm: LEDERHOSEN GAMES | Heritage Tent
Stein races, stein holdings, barrel roll, grain toss, Schokolade essen and scavenger hunt | Play games, have fun and win prizes

4–9 pm: NORTHSIDE FAMILY FESTGROUNDS OPEN
Fest fun with carnival rides and food vendors

Live Music:
KAPLAN FESTPLATZ
11:30 am–2:30 pm SWING CREW
3–5:30 pm PAT MCCURDY
6–9 pm JUNK FM
9:30 pm–midnight SOME SH!TTY COVER BAND

GARDEN STAGE
11:30 am–1 pm OKTOBERFEST SINGERS
1:30 pm – 4 pm JAY FOX & JAMMIN GERMANS
4:30 –7 pm COPPER BOX
7:30–10:30 pm MAIDEN DIXIE

LA CROSSE BIERHAUS STAGE INSIDE THE MORRIE’S HERITAGE HOFBRÄU HAUS

9:30–11:30 am BRIAN BRUEGGEN & THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY DUTCHMEN
1:30–4:30 pm THE BOCKFEST BOYS
5–7:30 pm RICHIE YUKOVICH & POLKARIOTY
8–10 pm GARY BRUEGGEN & THE RIDGELAND DUTCHMAN
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st

7:00 am: YMCA MAPLE LEAF WALK RUN | Riverside Park
Pre-registration required. Half marathon, 5-mile run, 5k walk and Kid’s Maple Mile. More Info

10 am: MAPLE LEAF PARADE | Northside to Downtown

11 am–midnight: DOWNTOWN FESTGROUNDS OPEN
$15 single-day admission or $20 three-day pass

11 am– 10 pm: NORTHSIDE FAMILY FESTGROUNDS OPEN

2–4 pm: LEDERHOSEN GAMES | Garden Stage Area

9 pm: 61ST OKTOBERFEST FIREWORKS CELEBRATION | Downtown Festgrounds

Live Music
KAPLAN FESTPLATZ
2–5 pm FAILURE TO LAUNCH
6–9 pm RHINO
9:30 pm–midnight POP ROCKS

GARDEN STAGE
1:30 –4:30 pm BREWTOWN BEAT
5 –7:30 pm PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
8–10 pm THE REMAINDERS

LA CROSSE BIERHAUS STAGE INSIDE THE MORRIE’S HERITAGE HOFBRÄU HAUS
2–4:30 pm BRIAN BRUEGGEN & THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY DUTCHMEN
5–7:30 pm GARY BRUEGGEN & THE RIDGELAND DUTCHMAN
8–10:30 pm THE RHYTHM PLAYBOYS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

7:30–11 am: PARADE MARSHAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST | Terry Erickson Boys & Girls Club of La Crosse
Tickets available in advance from a Parade Marshal, at the Boys & Girls Club or at the gate day of event

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

1–5 pm: 61st OKTOBERFEST LADIES LUNCHEON | Concordia Ballroom

A gathering for women in the Coulee Region to enjoy the spirit of the Fest! Tickets are $40 and are available online until September 27.




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