5 Fun-filled Oktoberfest Celebrations in Indianapolis

The original Oktoberfest was a celebration of the marriage between Bavarian Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Held October 12, 1810, it's not clear whether or not the soon to be king wore lederhosen or not, but ever since, the Bavarian people have been dressing in traditional costume and marching the streets of Munich where they partake in a 16-day long festival in honor of the royal marriage from days past. Good news is, you don't have to travel far to join in on the festivities. Here in Indianapolis, there are multiple events, all centered around good German food and good times. Here's a list of five Indy-based Oktoberfests—lederhosen, optional.

German Park Octoberfest
Hosted by one of Indy's favorite German restaurants, Edelweiss, and the local German American Club, these four days in September give ample opportunity for everyone to find the time to get their annual taste of schewinebraten and sauerbraten—among other tasty dishes.
September 8-11 | Indianapolis

Monument Circle Oktoberfest
The sixth annual Indianapolis Oktoberfest presented by The Columbia Club—one of Indy's oldest, private social clubs—is a sure bet for anyone looking for a good time, or anyone looking for a venue that serves both elephant ears and sauerkraut balls—not together, of course.
September 16 | Indianapolis

Carmel Oktoberfest
Food, drink and polka all come together in this yearly celebration for those living on the north side of the city, and for anyone that wants to take the short drive into the suburbs. Oh, and did I mention the biergarten? Yep, the Carmel Oktoberfest will have one of those too.
September 23 | Carmel

Herron-Morton Place Oktoberfest
Community. Beer. Food. Music. That's what this Herron-Morton Place festival is all about. All ages are welcome, even the family dog! Plus the proceeds go to support the continued beautification of this longstanding, neighborhood park.
September 24 | Indianapolis

Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest
From a whole hog roast to hayrides and face painting, this day-long event is a family favorite for everyone—German or not. You can even sample some of the creamery's delicious ice creams. And if you hang out at the Traders Point Oktoberfest long enough, you'll be able to watch an evening cow milking demonstration.
October 8 | Zionsville

Shauna Nosler is a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found at Best from the Midwest and on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word

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