39th Annual Oktoberfest

Oct 1-2 & 8-9, 2021

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 2021 are Historic Downtown, Best Western Plus, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Schell’s Brewery.



Downtown Oktoberfest Celebration

October 2nd

Join the Chamber of Commerce with a downtown festival of music, fun and food. Help celebrate the heritage of New Ulm in the Germanic-American Day parade on October 2. The parade begins at the Glockenspiel (4th N Street and Minnesota) and ends at Center Street where the music beings! Celebrate the harvest with bands like Dane’s Dutchmen, Blue Ringers, Deer Brand Band GEN 2. German inspired food and treats will be served alongside Schell’s Brewery beer, Morgan Creek wines and 1919 Root beer.

  • 10:00 am
    Heritage Parade Downtown

  • 10:00 am
    Dain's Dutchmen

  • 12:00 pm
    Blue Ringers

  • 3:00 - 5:00 pm
    Deer Band Polka Band GEN 2

    Come see what all the fuss is about!

    Ranked among the Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Nation by The Travel Chanel (2018), Midwest Living (2018), Travel + Leisure (2017), Food&Wine (2017)The Huffington Post (2016)Fox News (2016)USA TODAY 10Best (2017 & 2015), Conde Nast Traveler (2015)Tripping.com (2015), TravelPulse (2015), Fodor’s Travel (2014), and voted Best Oktoberfest in MN by WCCO (2014).

    Latest News:

    Bier, Wurst, and Lederhosen by Mpls St. Paul Magazine (2019)
    10 Things to Do in MN This Fall by Explore Minnesota (2019)
    Oktoberfests Around The Twin Cities by Mpls St. Paul Magazine (2019)
    New Ulm Oktoberfest is among Best in the Nation by Minnesota Monthly (2019)
    10 Authentic Oktoberfests in the US You Should Know About by USA TODAY (2019)
    The Most Iconic Oktoberfest Celebrations in the US by Travel Pulse (2019)
    The USA's Best Fall Wine Harvest Festivals by Budget Travel (2019)
    Grab a Bier this Oktoberfest in New Ulm by MN Explorer/Star Tribune (2019)

    For questions about New Ulm Oktoberfest, contact:

    New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce

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    Details about these events and more can be found here: Event Calendar