2015 Des Moines Oktoberfest runs from September 25 to the 26! The 2015 Des Moines Oktoberfest celebrations always creep up on me, given how the Octoberfest is usually held in September. This year the Des Moines Oktoberfest (hosted by Hessen Haus) will be September 25-26 with the tapping of the golden keg beginning at 3:00 on Friday and hitting the high point with the 9:00 never-to-be-missed Bier Maiden Contest. More fun follows on Saturday. The beer lineup isn’t as large as last year’s event, unless they will be adding to it:
This is always one of my favorite events. Don’t forget the food. The cost is only $7 if bought in advance or $10 for one day or 2 for $12 at the door. You get a free plastic mug as well.
And stay for Friday’s Bier Mädchen Contest!
2015 Amana Colonies Oktoberfest. The 2015 Amana Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 2-4. The festival is spread around a lot of different venues, with separate admission to the events in the Festhalle, but the entire town is basically one big party. There are a lot of references to “Park and Ride,” so I take it that pre-planning might be warranted. I could not find any prices on the main website but I recall from previous years that the Festhalle ticket is not cheap.
2014 Iowa City “Northside Oktoberfest.” This event is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2015. Admission is a pricey $40.00. The last time I was there, to get access to the beer you have to enter a fenced-off block with tents. Iowa City has its own issues with drunks, crowd control, and underage drinking, so I suppose this is an inevitable part of a beer festival in Iowa City but the locked-in feel does not do it for me. Somehow the Des Moines Oktoberfest does not create that same feel even though you have to enter a fenced-off area as well. The big stage, the old buildings, and the Hessen Haus give it a more authentic feel to me. However, if you find yourself stuck in Iowa City for that weekend then this is a good alternative.