Norfolk Oktoberfest Family Festival

September 29th & 30th, 2017

Oktoberfest started in 1810 in Bavaria to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig I. Every year, this historical celebration begins in the third week of September. Today, Northeast Nebraska residents celebrate the area’s German heritage and the fall harvest with this two-day family festival. Oktoberfest grows yearly with live music, German food, beer garden, and family entertainment. Held in conjunction with the Lion’s Club Parade and the River Point Arts Festival, this unique festival is a must see!

NEW in 2016

Free rides home! Sponsored by Attorneys Stratton, DeLay, Doele, Carlson & Buettner, Checker Cab Company will be providing cab rides home from 11-12:30 on Friday and 11:30-1:00 on Saturday!

Free Beer! If you dress in traditional Oktoberfest gear, Bavarian Drindl or Lederhosen, you can expect a free beer on us!

Happy Hour! Calling all seniors (65 or older) and veterans (ID required). Come to Oktoberfest on Saturday from 12:30-2:30 and receive a $1 off Beers and discounted food items.

Husker Tailgate! The Huskers play at Northwestern at 6:30 pm Saturday; come down and tailgate with us and watch the game on an enormous mega-television.

Bucket Pong Tournament – Sponsored by Burger King of Norfolk: Enter Here

Teams of two battle in a game of tossing tennis balls into 5 gallon buckets. 2016 will feature some exciting twists and there will be over $1500.00 in cash prizes awarded. Get your team together and enter for a chance to be the champion team!




Masskrugstemmen – Men’s and Women’s Stein-holding Competition: Enter Here

Free entry this year! This stein holding competition is a tradition at Oktoberfest in Munich, and had its inaugural debut at Norfolk’s Oktoberfest in 2014. For the Men’s competition participants must hold two full “Masskrugs” or 1 liter steins filled with beer in front of them. Their arms cannot bend or fall below parallel. Contestants are given two warnings before being eliminated. The Women’s competition is the same but only one arm is used. The last person holding the “Masskrug(s)” wins $50 in Cash Now and a 1.0 Liter “Das Boot:” a traditional drinking glass in the shape of a boot!


Radtour Bike Ride: Enter Here

Did you know: Radtour is German for “Bicycle Ride.” The Oktoberfest Radtour is a signature event each year for riders at every level. Registration for the 2016 Radtour is open! Starting and stopping in the middle of the Oktoberfest venue, this bike ride includes 2 route options; At the end of the race, all adult riders will receive an ice cold brew or rootbeer float and all youth riders will recieve a free kid zone ticket and rootbeer float. Sign up today at!


Big Wheel Races – Sponsored by Kiwanis Emerging Leaders and The Norfolk Lion’s Club: 

Big Wheel Races debuted last year at the Norfolk Oktoberfest Family Festival and they are coming back bigger and better in 2016! The Norfolk Lion’s Club is teaming up with Kiwanis Emerging Leaders to bring you a fun race with some rockin’ prizes. Sign up after the parade! Races begin at 2:00 for ages 3-7.




2016 Band Line Up: 

The 2016 Live Music Line-up is epic! Check it out:

Friday: 5:30-8:00 Polka Police (stage 2)

9:00- 12:00 Headliner: Judd Hoos (stage 1)

Saturday: 12:45 – 3:45 Angie Kriz and the Polka Toons (stage 2)

4:00 – 6:00 Leo Lonnie Polka (Stage 2)

9:30 – 12:30 Headliner: The Rude Band (stage 1)



Countdown to the 2016 Norfolk Oktoberfest

September 23, 2016


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