Oktoberfest

36th Annual Oktoberfest

Oct 6-7 & 13-14, 2017

Come to one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the nation!  This traditional festival is modeled after one of the world’s largest celebrations, held each year for several centuries in Munich, Germany. New Ulm’s version takes place during the first two full weekends in October, with festivities happening all over town!  The main locations for Oktoberfest in 2017 are Historic Downtown, Best Western Plus, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Schell’s Brewery.

Scroll down for full Oktoberfest schedule!

 

Join us in historic downtown New Ulm for an Oktoberfest celebration in the streets both Saturdays of Oktoberfest! The first weekend features the Germanic-American Day Parade, which kicks off the downtown festival at 11am on Saturday, October 7.  Organized by the New Ulm German-Bohemian Society, anyone who is proud of their Germanic heritage is invited to march in the parade!  We've added a new parade to kick off the second weekend festivities: The Oktoberfest Promenade Parade is sponsored by Bank Midwest and is a "Wunderbare Parade Deutscher Dinge" (Wonderful Parade of German Things).  The parade begins at 10:30am on Saturday, October 14th and is a chance for everyone to show off their German garments and costumes related to Germany.  Dress up and join the parade!  The end of both parade routes flows right into the Downtown Oktoberfest celebration, with music (German music first, followed by a more contemporary band), German (and American) food, local beer (Schell’s) and wine (Morgan Creek Vineyards), and much more!  Games, horse-drawn trolley rides, a stein-holding contest and more take place both Saturdays of Oktoberfest.  Break out your dirndls and lederhosen and come join us!

Saturday, October 7
Germanic-American Day Parade, 11am
Schell's Hobo Band, 11am-2pm
Church of Cash, 2pm-5pm

Saturday, October 14
Oktoberfest Promenade Parade, 10:30am
The Wendinger Band, 11am-2pm
Effenheimer, 2pm-5pm


Festivities at the Best Western Plus include a full schedule of “oom-pah!” with performances by New Ulm’s famous Concord Singers among other bands.  Best Western Plus has expanded their celebration and added an outdoor music event featuring popular bands.  The celebration kicks off with the official keg opening on Friday evening, a tradition that is still practiced today in Germany’s Oktoberfests.  The food and music continue late into the night on both Fridays and both Saturdays of Oktoberfest.

Head to Morgan Creek Vineyards on October 7th for STOMP New Ulm! Morgan Creek Vineyards' Oktoberfest 19th Annual Grape Stomp. Voted BEST Fall Event in Southern Minnesota by Explore Southern Minnesota!  Harvest Festival with competitive grape-stomping - an honorable salute to the harvest season!  Take off your shoes and get ready to dance!  Traditional Morris Dancers and the Satori Belly Dancers perform on the winery grounds.  Dancing, stomping, and revelry throughout the afternoon.

Schell’s Brewery knows how to throw a party, and their Schell’s Oktoberfest celebration, held on Saturday, October 14th this year, is no exception!  Schell’s is a German Craft Beer company that was begun by German settlers here in New Ulm in 1860, so they know what they are doing when it comes to German festivals!  Music, beer, and lederhosen abound! 

Come see what all the fuss is about!

Ranked among the Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Nation by The Huffington Post (2016)Fox News (2016)USA TODAY 10Best (2015), Conde Nast Traveler (2015)Tripping.com (2015), TravelPulse (2015), Fodor’s Travel (2014), and voted Best Oktoberfest in MN by WCCO (2014).

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Named Best Fall Festival in Minnesota by Travel + Leisure (2017)

Downtown New Ulm

Saturdays, Oct 7 & 14
11am-5pm
Intersection of Center St and Minnesota St
507-233-4300
info@newulm.com
Admission: Free

Best Western Plus

Oct 6-7 & 13-14
Fridays: evening, Saturdays: all day!
2101 South Broadway
507-359-2941
gm@greenmillnewulm.com
www.newulmoktoberfest.com
Admission: $10

Germanic-American Day Parade

Saturday, Oct 7
11am
Downtown New Ulm
507-354-2097

Oktoberfest Promenade Parade *New this year!

Saturday, Oct 14
11am
Downtown New Ulm
507-233-4300

Morgan Creek Vineyards

Saturday, Oct 7
11am-9pm
23707 478th Ave
507-947-3547
martimcv@aol.com 
www.morgancreekvineyards.com
Gate Admission: $5 - Tasting Tent Admission : $8
Say Cheese! Savor the Wine: $25. Pre-registration required.
STOMP New Ulm! fee: $25 per person. Pre-registration required.
STOMP New Ulm! Shuttle runs from the Shuttle Lot to the Winery Entrance, 11am-5:45pm.

 

Schell’s Brewery

Saturday, Oct 14
10:30am - Gates Open
10:45am - Beer Wagon Arrives
11am - Tapping of the Fest Keg
4:30pm - Last Call for Alcohol
5pm - Close
507-354-5528
www.schellsbrewery.com
schells@schellsbrewery.com
Admission: $10 General Admission. Kids 12 & under are free.
Pre-sale tickets not available. Entry fee paid at gate.
This year we will be giving a portion of the proceeds from the event to Veteran Suicide Prevention.

For questions about New Ulm Oktoberfest, contact:

New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce
507-233-4300
info@newulm.com

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Full Oktoberfest Schedule (2017)

Schedule is subject to change. Check back often for updates!  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Attractions & Events
Domeiers German Store, 9am-5pm
MN Music Hall of Fame, 10am-2pm
Brown County Museum, 10am-4pm
Hermann Monument, 10am-7pm
Glockenspiel, 10:30, noon, 1, 3, and 5
The Grand - 4Pillars Art Gallery, 10am-4pm
Schell’s Brewery, 11am-5pm (Tours every half hour 1-4:30pm)
Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-9pm
Lind House, 1-4pm
Marktplatz Mall - Craft & Vendor Show, 3-7pm
Starkeller Brewery and Taproom, 4-9pm
Floating Pumpkin Patch - Rec Center, 5-8:30pm

Performances
Best Western Plus - Ballroom
Concord Singers, 5-6pm
Smiley, Tony & Scott, 6:30-7pm
Concord Singers, 7-8pm
Dale Dahmen, 8:15-11:30pm
Best Western Plus - Outside
Schell's Angels, 5-8pm
Johnny Holm Band, 8:30-11:30pm
Morgan Creek Vineyards
Ben Marti at Winedown for the Weekend, 6:30-9:30pm
The Pantry
Live music, 7-10pm
Grand Kabaret
Pushing Chain, 7:30-11pm

 

Saturday, October 7

A free shuttle will be running continuously today.  Route details will be announced soon.

Attractions & Events
Farmer’s Market in Cash Wise parking lot, 9am-12pm
Domeiers German Store, 9am-5pm
Popcorn Wagon at Brown County Museum, 10am-5pm
MN Music Hall of Fame, 10am-2pm
Brown County Museum, 10am-3pm
Wanda Gag House, 10am-4pm
Harkin Store, 10am-5pm
Marktplatz Mall - Craft & Vendor Show, 10am-5pm
Hermann Monument, 10am-7pm
Glockenspiel, 10:30, noon, 1, 3, and 5pm
A to Zinnia Oktoberfest Activities, 11am-3pm
Schell's Brewery, 11am-5pm (Tours every half hour)
Oktoberfest New Ulm, Downtown, 11am-5pm
Germanic-American Day Parade, 11am
Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-9pm (Oktoberfest Express shuttle will run continuously between Morgan Creek Vineyards and the Green Mill Restaurant, 11am – 5pm. STOMP New Ulm! Competitive Grape Stomps at 1, 2 & 3pm)
Lind House, 1-4pm
Doppelichen Vineyards, 1-5pm
German Lessons with New Ulm's Deutscher Sprach Klub, 2pm (at the Grace Community Church office at 518 Center St )
Starkeller Brewery and Taproom, 2-9pm

 

Performances
Downtown Oktoberfest
Germanic-American Day Parade, 11am
Schell's Hobo Band, 11am-2pm
Church of Cash, 2pm-5pm
Morgan Creek Vineyards
Oachkazlschwoarf, the Minnesota Traditional Morris Dancers, the Satori Violet Belly Dancers and the New Ulm Narren, 12-3pm
The Lost Walleye Orchestra, 3-5pm
Best Western Plus - Ballroom
Concord Singers, 2-3pm
Bockfest Boys, 3:15-5:15pm
Concord Singers 5:30-6:30pm
Kris & the Riverbend Dutchmen, 6:45-8:45pm
Wendinger Band, 9-11:30pm
Best Western Plus - Outside
Powerhouse, 7:30-11:30pm
B&L Bar
Johnny Helget, 4-8pm
Marktplatz Mall
The Lonny Carpenter Band, 5-8pm
The Pantry
Live Music, 7-10pm
Grand Kabaret
Boom Boom Steve V. & The Knockouts, 7:30-11:30pm

Sunday, October 8

Attractions & Events
Harkin Store, 10am-5pm (Preparing for Winter, 1-4pm)
Hermann Monument, 10am-7pm
Glockenspiel, 10:30, noon, 1, 3, and 5
Schell’s Brewery Tours, 11am-5pm (Tours every hour 12-4pm)
Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-5pm (Sunday Brunch, 11am-2pm)
Doppeleichen Vineyards, 1pm-5pm

 Friday, October 13

Attractions & Events 
Domeiers German Store, 9am-5pm
MN Music Hall of Fame, 10am-2pm
Brown County Museum, 10am-4pm
Hermann Monument, 10am-7pm
Glockenspiel, 10:30, noon, 1, 3, and 5
The Grand - 4Pillars Art Gallery, 10am-4pm
Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-9pm
Lind House, 1-4pm
Schell’s Brewery, 11am-5pm (Tours every half hour from 1-4:30pm)
Starkeller Brewery and Taproom, 4-9pm

Performances
Best Western Plus - Ballroom
Concord Singers, 5-6pm
Bockfest Boys, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Alpensterne, 8:30-11:30pm
Best Western Plus - Outside
Cold Blooded Whiskey, 6-8pm
IV Play, 8:30-11:30pm
Morgan Creek Vineyards
Ben Marti at Winedown for the Weekend, 6:30-9:30pm
The Pantry
Live music, 7-10pm
Grand Kabaret

Rain Kings, 7:30-11pm

 

 Saturday, October 14

A free shuttle will be running continuously today. Route details will be announced soon.

Attractions & Events
Hermann 5K Run/Walk, 8:30am
Farmer’s Market at Cash Wise Parking Lot, 9am-12pm
Domeiers German Store, 9am-5pm
Popcorn Wagon at the Brown County Museum, 10am-5pm
MN Music Hall of Fame, 10am-2pm
Brown County Museum, 10am-3pm
Wanda Gag House, 10am-4pm
Harkin Store, 10am-5pm
Hermann Monument, 10am-7pm
Glockenspiel, 10:30, noon, 1, 3, and 5
Oktoberfest Promenade Parade, 10:30am
Oktoberfest New Ulm, Downtown, 11am-5pm
Schell's Oktoberfest, Schell's Brewery, 11am-5pm
Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-9pm
Glockenspiel, 10:30, noon, 1, 3, and 5
Lind House, 1-4pm
Doppeleichen Vineyards, 1-5pm
Stein-holding Contest, Downtown Oktoberfest, 1:45pm
German Lessons with New Ulm's Deutscher SprachKlub, 2pm (at the Grace Community Church office at 518 Center St)
Starkeller Brewery and Taproom, 2-9pm

Oktoberfest at Best Western Plus, 3pm-midnight

Performances
Downtown Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest Promenade Parade, 10:30am
The Wendinger Band, 11am-2pm
Effenheimer, 2pm-5pm
Schell's Brewery
Schell's Hobo Band, 11am
Alpensterne, 1:30pm
Best Western Plus - Ballroom
Concord Singers, 2-2:45pm
Bockfest Boys, 3-4:45pm
Concord Singers, 5-5:45pm
Kris & the Riverbend Dutchmen, 6-7:45pm
Wendinger Band, 8-9:45pm
Sandra Lee, 10:15pm-12am
Best Western Plus - Outside
Blue Ringers, 4-7pm
Whiskey Stones, 7:30-11:30pm
B&L Bar
Heide and The Good Ole Boys, 4-8pm
New Ulm Event Center
The Leon Olsen Show and Dain's Dutchmen, 2-9pm
Morgan Creek Vineyards
Jim McGuire Jazz Trio, 6:30-9pm
The Pantry
Live music, 7-10pm 
Grand Kabaret
John Raymond, 7:30-11pm

 

Sunday, October 15

Attractions & Events
Harkin Store, 10am-5-pm (West Newton Post Office Program 1-4pm)
Hermann Monument, 10am-7pm
Glockenspiel, 10:30, noon, 1, 3, and 5
Schell’s Brewery, 11am-5pm (Tours every hour from 12-4pm)
Morgan Creek Vineyards, 11am-5pm (Sunday Brunch, 11am-2pm)
Doppeleichen Vineyards, 1-5pm

beer-pretzels Can't find a hotel room in New Ulm?  
Ride the MN Beer Bus from Mankato!

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$40 Oktoberfest only / $37.50 if past rider of Bock Fest Bus
Roundtrip

Save the date for Oktoberfest New Ulm 2018: Oct 5-6 & 12-13, 2018!