Prost! Oktoberfest celebrations mark the start of fall. Find out where to fill your stein in the Des Moines area
Dust off your dirndl and lederhosen: It's time to celebrate Oktoberfest in Des Moines.
Festivities span from ticketed events to brewery celebrations starting Sept. 18 and running through the first weekend of October. Each celebration on this list promises a steady flow of beer, food and German-inspired fun. O' Zapft is!
Reclaimed Rails Brewing Co.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 18,
Reclaimed Rails celebrates Oktoberfest with all-day drink specials, including its Märzen beer, and limited glassware available for purchase. Food will be available to purchase from Pinkley's Boxcar BBQ.
Address: 101 Main St. S.E., Bondurant
Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 18
Confluence's annual celebration returns for 2021 with plenty of beer lined up. Its Oktoberfest beer and a Festbier made in collaboration with Lua Brewing will be on tap. It's free to join the celebration, but for the ultimate experience, an admission ticket includes a commemorative Confluence Oktoberfest glass, one free pint of beer, and $1 off refills during the Oktoberfest party. Peters Brothers Grill food truck will be on the patio from noon-7 p.m., and Jager and the Polkameisters perform from noon-3 p.m in the taproom.
Admission: Free, or $15, with tickets available in advance at togoorder.com/web/3449#.
Address: 1235 Thomas Beck Road, Des Moines
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 18
Lua is turning its parking lot into a festival grounds for its first Oktoberfest celebration, which it plans to make an annual event. Attendees will celebrate under a 100-foot-long tent with German-style drinking games, a photo booth, a "Dunk the Brewers" dunk tank and musical performances until 10 p.m. Two new beers will be released: the Festbier celebrates Oktoberfest's traditional German roots, while the Oliver's Oktoberfest is an amber-hued Märzen often associated with American celebrations. Lua partnered with Old Station Craft Meats to create authentic bratwursts, which will be available along with schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels and spaetzle and cabbage.
Admission includes a commemorative, Lua-branded one-liter authentic German tankard, a full liter pour of one of the festival beers, and discounted refills. There will be prizes for the best-dressed patrons.
Address: 1525 High St., Des Moines
Mistress Brewing Company
3 p.m.-midnight Sept. 18
Mistress Brewing Company will open its driveway for an outdoor Oktoberfest celebration. The brewers worked on their Oktoberfest beer all year for the occasion. Guitarist James Biehn will perform from 3-6 p.m. and The Sheet will perform from 7-10 p.m. Grumpy J's Gourmet Sliders food truck will be on site.
Address: 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd. #108, Ankeny
The Hall DSM
1:30 p.m.-midnight Sept. 18
The Hall's HALLtoberfest has it all this year, from live music to traditional German fare created by students at the Justice League of Food. Starting at 4:30 p.m., the first 100 people through the door will get a one-liter ceramic stein from Germany. Fill those steins with the official Oktoberfest beer from Munich, which will be on tap. Attendees can celebrate with a stein-holding contest and an eating and drinking contest, or relax and enjoy the musical performers. Awards will be given for best male and female German outfits.
Admission: Free until 4:30 p.m., $5 after 4:30 p.m. Stein Club members get in free.
Address: 111 S. 11th St., West Des Moines
Oktoberfest Des Moines
3 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 24 and 25
Des Moines' annual Oktoberfest marks its 17th year downtown with something for everyone. Included in the admission price is a commemorative pint glass and drink ticket, and Friday attendees can bring back their glasses for free Saturday admission. A large selection of German beers will be on tap, and patrons also can enjoy mixed drinks or a shot of Dr. McGillicuddy's at the Schnappski Station. Food vendors including Smokey D's and Karam's Mediterranean Grill will serve an array of German food for the weekend.
A full schedule of activities is available online and includes live music performances, a silent disco, Bier Maiden and stein-holding competitions and plenty of polka.
Admission: $12.50 in advance online at eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-des-moines-tickets-150776662055 or at Des Moines' metro Hy-Vee stores; $15 at the gate.
Address: Fourth Street south of Court Avenue
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 25
Adentureland's seventh annual Oktoberfest 21+ party spans the park grounds. Admission includes access to all of the musical performances and shows, the rides that are open for the day, one free beer and one free food item. Adventureland has over 70 beers on tap for the event, including Samuel Adams Octoberfest and Dogfish Head Pumpkin, and other drinks including a Han's Paloma and coffee cocktails. G. Love and Special Sauce is the headliner and roaming acts will pop up around the park throughout the day.
Admission: $65, available online at adventurelandresort.com/tickets/specialevents. Gold Season Pass (does not include beer and food item) and Platinum Season Pass holders get in free.
Address: 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 25
Celebrate Oktoberfest on the Exile patio with German-inspired fare and a steady flow of beer. Admission includes a one-liter stein and two free pours of the 2021 Oktoberfest beer. The Sneezy Dollars will perform, and other entertainment includes wiener dog races and stein-holding, lederhosen and dirndl contests.
Admission: $30 available in advance
Address: 1514 Walnut St., Des Moines
2-10 p.m. Oct.1, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 3
The bulk of Kinship's Oktoberfest celebration will take place on Oct. 1 and 2, but all weekend long, guests can purchase a commemorative one-liter glass stein to fill with Kinship's traditional-style Festbier. Expect musical performances and German-inspired snacks like giant pretzels on Friday and Saturday. Festivities will take place on the patio.
Address: 255 N.W. Sunrise Drive, Waukee