Mifflinburg Oktoberfest

Traditional German Oktoberfest

The tradition of Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 in Munich, Germany, when Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, who was later crowned King Ludwig I, wanted his people to share in the celebration of his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Ludwig organized a horse race and invited all the people of Munich.  The royal party drew about 40,000 guests. Although the horse race was eventually abandoned, many characteristics of the early Oktoberfest celebrations have been retained, and expanded upon. Munich’s annual celebration is still held on the original site, dubbed Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”), in front of the city gates. The modern celebration in Munich has replaced the small tents with giant brewery sponsored beer halls that can hold up to 5,000 people a piece.  The party has also grown in length, to become a 16-day extravaganza ending the first Sunday in October. The festival opens with a grand parade of the Oktoberfest “landlords” and breweries, and features traditional dancers and costumed performers, the Riflemen’s Procession, music… and, most definitely, beer.

Since 2005, Mifflinburg celebrates its own German heritage with its annual German Oktoberfest with imported German beers, German style wines, live German music, German dancers, German foods and American festival food favorites.

Friday begins with the tapping of the keg at 1pm marking the official opening of Oktoberfest. German music, dancing, and beers continue throughout the evening. Saturday, the festival begins again at 11am with more music, dancing, and family activities. There are hay rides, the traditional keg toss and mug lift competitions, and wonderful German foods and American festival food favorites to enjoy with your beer! 

October 6-7, 2017

Come early for the entire beer selection:

  • Paulaner and Spaten Oktoberfests from Munich

  • Hacker_Pshorr Oktoberfest from Munich

  • Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse (Wheat) from Munich

  • Spaten Lager & Spaten Dark from Munich

  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier

  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest and Hofbrau Dunkel

  • Rusty Rail Oktoberfest

Schedule of events:

Friday, October 6, 2017, 1-11pm
1 pm:  Festival opens with the tapping of the keg
1-5 pm:  One Man German Band and prerecorded German music
5-6:30:  Pleasant Valley Dancers
7-11 pm:  John Stevens’ Doubleshot Polka Band
11 pm:  Close for the night and see you in the morning!

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11:00am – 10:00pm
11:00am – Fest Opens
12 pm:  Black Run Bohemian Dancers
1 – 2 pm:  One Man German Band
Hay rides every hour on the hour — last one at 8 pm
Cow plop and chicken plop bingo throughout the day (benefits Mifflinburg Buggy Museum)
1 pm:  Keg toss ($2 sign up at souvenir booth)
2-3 pm:  Black Run Bohemian Dancers
3 pm Mug Lift ($2 sign up at souvenir booth)
4-5:30 pm:  Pleasant Valley Dancers
6 pm to 10 pm:  Bavarian Stompers
10 pm:  Close until next year


Beer & Wine Prices

Wear authentic German attire and get $1.00 off your mug or stein/wristband combination price.

12 ounce Mifflinburg Oktoberfest Plastic Mug + Beer ticket for your first beer + wristband = $10.00

24 ounce Mifflinburg Oktoberfest Ceramic Stein + Beer ticket for your first beer + wristband = $16.00

24 ounce Dated Collector Stein + beer tickets for your first beer + wristband = $20.00

Additional beer / wine tickets are $4.00 each.

1 ticket fills 12  ounce plastic mug

2 tickets fill 24 ounce stein

Shade Mountain Winery Wines: 1 ticket for a 5 ounce glass of wine

Handicap Accessible
No Pets Allowed
Rain or Shine under the Big Tent
You must be 21 years of age to purchase a wristband for beer or wine. ID’s are required — no exceptions! If you are not purchasing beer or wine, there is no admission fee. If you are purchasing beer or wine, you must pay for a wristband/mug combination.  The wristband verifies to servers that you have had your ID checked and are of legal age to purchase beer or wine.
Safe Ride Program by Norman’s Mifflinburg Hotel

Held at the Mifflinburg VFW Fairgrounds, Route 45 just west of town. (10770 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, PA 17844)