A Little Time and a Keyboard: Oktoberfest for Families in the Chicago Suburbs

Oktoberfest for Families in the Chicago Suburbs

Friday, September 18, 2015

Who can't resist a bit of Oktoberfesting in the fall? Here are a few ideas to join in the fun here in the suburbs. Feel free to share about any fests you know about in the comments. Prost!

September 11-October 31: Hofbrauhaus Chicago in Rosemont, daily food specials, German music, German Dancers (Sept 20 & 30, Oct 1, 4, 11 & 15), German fashion show (Sept 24), celebrity tappers on Fridays, check schedule for more details and times

September 18-19 Oaktoberfest, Downtown Oak Park, local food, craft beer, kids root beer garden

September 18-20 Palatine Rotary Oktoberfest, across from Metra Station, live entertainment, food, Saturday is family day from 12PM-3:30PM with kids activities and entertainment

September 19 Oktoberfest Long Grove, free hayrides, antique tractor show, beer tent at Village Tavern, on Saturday from 8AM-2PM there is also an autoshow

September 19 Oktoberfest, Glenview Haus, 11AM-11PM, 11AM-5:30PM for kids activities including a bouncy house and face painting, admission is free, German specialities, pretzels, beer and more for purchase

September 26: Vernon Hills Oktoberfest, kids crafts, inflatables, free pumpkin painting, free hay rides, live music, seems mainly like a fun family time but I didn't see mention of German food although food will be available, see website

September 26: Oktoberfest Festival, Thatcher Woods, River Forest, games, guided walks, locally brewed beer, bonfire, food trucks, $25 pp, money supports Conservation Corps

October 2-3: Oktoberfest, Naper Settlement, Naperville, live music, German food and beer, kids activities on Saturday 12PM-4PM, tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per kid in advance, $15/$10 at the door

October 3-4 Oktoberfest, Lynfred Winery, Roselle, grape stopping, grape spitting, German sing-a-longs, cork tossing, pig roast, brats, German chocolate cake and more, $3 admission, $1 for food and beverage tickets, kids 13 & under are free, see schedule

October 3-4, 10-11 Oktoberfest returns to Long Grove, German fare, beer flights, German wines, free pumpkin decorating and kids activities, free hayrides, Oct 4 auto show, Oct 11-12 antique tractor show, check website for more info and times

October 9-10 Oktoberfest, Mt. Prospect, music, German food and drink, family activities at the Fall Festival on Saturday, heated tent, check for times and  more info

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