Oktoberfest Returns To Downtown Des Moines

Oktoberfest, the annual German tradition, will serve plenty of beer on Sept. 24 and 25. Photo: Des Moines Oktoberfest

Beer, the Golden Keg, lederhosen. Must be Oktoberfest! The annual event will be back Sept. 24 and 25, from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., outside Hessen Haus on Fourth Street south of of Court Avenue. The festival will kick off with the Tapping of the Golden Keg ceremony—and free beer until it lasts—at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Attendees can expect live music, polka dancing lessons, authentic food, tented beer gardens, contests, games and more. Headlining the first night of music will be Pianopalooza, featuring Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson on two pianos, at 10 p.m. The Polka Police will take over the second night at 10 p.m. There will be a wide array of German beers on tap at the Craft Beer Village. Attendees dressed in German attire will be eligible to win free beer tickets throughout the festival and participate in the bier maiden and stein-holding competitions.

Tickets are $12.50 plus fees if bought in advance online; $15 at the gate. Each ticket includes one free drink ticket and a commemorative pint glass.

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