Southeast Michigan Oktoberfests Families Will Love

Explore German culture and have some fun with your kids at these Oktoberfests in southeast Michigan and beyond.

Every fall, families in southeast Michigan come together to celebrate the rich culture of Germany at a local Oktoberfest.

These cultural events, which date back to the celebration of a royal wedding in Bavaria in 1810, are typically held in September and feature everything from delicious bratwursts and pretzels to good beer, Oompah music and plenty of fun.

Here, get details on upcoming Oktoberfests in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond. Some are geared at adults-only and others are good for the entire family, so be sure to check before heading out.

Then bust out your lederhosen and enjoy a day of cultural fun and a beer or two.

Lake Orion Oktoberfest

Sept. 10, 2022

This annual event raises money for the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority and offers everything from food and beer to games and contests. There’s even yodeling, wiener dog races and a beer slide competition.


Sept. 10-11, 2022

Bring your four-legged friends out for a day of Oktoberfest fun. There will be live music, pet-related vendors, a pet costume contest, wiener dog races, a pug run and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit Detroit Dog Rescue and The Oliver Foundation.


Sept. 11, 2022  

Visit Detroit, Atwater and Faygo have joined forces to offer two full days of Bavarian fun including live music, games, seasonal beer and kid-friendly beverages.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

Sept. 15-18, 2022

This Oktoberfest is considered one of 12 of the most authentic Oktoberfests in the U.S. Head to Frankenmuth for German food, drink and music, along with wiener dog races and much more.

Saline Main Street’s Oktoberfest

Sept. 16-17, 2022  

This annual event offers German food and drink, live entertainment, games for the kids and much more.

Oktoberfest at Brew Detroit

Sept. 17, 2022  

Local brewery, Brew Detroit, and Abbey Productions have teamed up to put together this first-ever Oktoberfest, which features live music, food beer and plenty of fun.

Oktoberfest — Dragon’s Landing 5K

Sept. 18, 2022  

This 5K fun run starts and ends at the Dragon’s Landing Taproom. There will be beer waiting at the finish line. Plus, door prizes, running swag, games and more.

Carpathia Club Oktoberfest

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2022

Families will enjoy the live cultural music and entertainment. There’s food, eating contests and other activities, too.

St. Joseph Oktoberfest

Sept. 25, 2022

This 15th annual event boasts everything from authentic German food and beer to live Bavarian music, kids’ game, vendors, raffles and much more.

A2 Artoberfest

Oct. 8-9, 2022

  • Address: Along Fourth Avenue and into Kerrytown Market, Ann Arbor
  • Cost: Free/admission

Explore the work of 100 jury-selected fine artists. Plus, live entertainment, food, drinks, shopping and more.

Oktoberfest Run

Oct. 9, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak area
  • Cost: $24-$35/kids fun run, $45-$55/short course, $50-$60/long course, $65-$75/double course 

Runners of all ages choose from a short, long or double course. There’s a kids’ fun for younger racers. Runners get an event medal, race swag and Bavarian food after their run.

Looking for even more family fun things to do this weekend and beyond? Check out Metro Parent’s online calendar for even more southeast Michigan events!

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