Whether you have German heritage or not, there is something about the fun and festivities of a good Oktoberfest to draw you in. Of course there is the beer, or bier, but there is also a rich culture of food, dance, and music. If you want your children to be able to join you in the spirit of gemütlichkeit, then you are in the right place! We’ve rounded up a selection of family-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations in McHenry County that feature attractions for the children and adults.
Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations in McHenry County
Friday & Saturday, September 14-15
5th Annual Rauetoberfest
Beyond Stable Farm, 11129 Illinois Route 176, Woodstock
HOLD ONTO YOUR LEDERHOSEN! Celebrate Oktoberfest, Raue Center style! Rauetoberfest will feature great live music, fun activities, traditional German food, and of course, beer! Held indoors, this event will happen rain or shine!
Saturday, September 22
Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry
Live music will be playing throughout the day, including Die Musikmeisters band, Stateline Country, and Jimmy Nick. This year, we’ve added an arts and craft show to our event. A few of the best food vendors will be there to provide a delicious variety of food and, of course, it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without beer and we will have plenty of that! One hundred percent of our proceeds will be used to fund our key initiatives. Tickets are $5 per person or 4 for $15 (pre-purchase only), children 12 and younger are free, purchase tickets online.
Saturday, September 29
Richmond BratHaus, 10310 Main Street, Richmond
Grab your lederhosen or dirndl because Oktoberfest will spill into Broadway Street again this fall spreading Gemutlichkeit: the spirit of friendship, warmth, and good cheer! Come on out and experience the fun for yourselves….a day of food, drink, games, live music, dancing, and community. The semi-annual stein holding competition will once again be a highlight! Free admission but a donation for the community food pantry is appreciated.
Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7
Lake Geneva Oktoberfest
200 Block of Broad Street and Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva, WI
Bring the whole family as there is something for everyone – bounce houses, pony rides, German music, free pumpkins, craft fair, cider donuts, and more! This event is free and open to the public. Beer Tent will be available for purchases.
Have you attended an Oktoberfest celebration that was kid-friendly? Tell us about it in the comments!
Please note that festivities tend to become more adult-oriented later in the evenings–use your own parental discretion. Remember to please drink responsibly and assign a designated driver.