Oct 6-7 & 13-14, 2023

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 2023 are Historic Downtown, Best Western Plus, Schell’s Brewery, and Morgan Creek Vineyards. 

Click the location below for more information about that event:

There are MANY events and activities happening all over town both weekends!

Click here for a chronological list of performances, events, and attraction hours. 

      Come see what all the fuss is about!

    Ranked among the Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Nation by USA TODAY 10Best (2023, 2017, & 2015), Only in Your State (2022), The Travel Chanel (2018), Midwest Living (2018), Travel + Leisure (2017), Food&Wine (2017)The Huffington Post (2016)Fox News (2016)Conde Nast Traveler (2015)Tripping.com (2015), TravelPulse (2015), Fodor’s Travel (2014), and voted Best Oktoberfest in MN by WCCO (2014).

    Latest News:

    How Oktoberfest Got So Big in America Fifty Grande (2023)
    10 Best Readers' Choice 2023 Best Oktoberfests by USA TODAY (2023)
    Schell's Brewery continues its Oktoberfest traditions by KEYC (2022)
    The Most Authentic Oktoberfest in America by Only In Your State (2022)
    Celebrating Oktoberfest in New Ulm by KSTP Minnesota Live (2022)
    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)

    **Parking** – Parking is available on any of the streets in downtown, as well as at the various city parking lots. View a parking map here.

    **Transportation** – Please be safe when getting around town!

    • Taxi Service: Minne Transportation Services, LLC, 507-990-2077
    • 2 shuttle vans will be offering free rides both weekends – running continuous loops between festival locations, downtown, and hotels
    • Uber & Lyft 

    Catch the MN Beer Bus from Mankato on October 14th!

    Click here for more info.

    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