A festival celebrating German heritage, music and food is coming to downtown Waterloo on Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28. Dress in your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your stein and your friends, and get your Prost on at the first ever Iowa Oktoberfest!
The polka party happens around Anton’s German Bier Garden and Newton’s Paradise Café on East 4 th Street, just north of the river. There will be lots of live music (polka and other); four beer and food gardens; fun contests like Hammerschlaggen, Stein Hoist, Kubb, Corn Hole, and Keg Rolling; and Best Beard and Beer Belly competitions! Find beer and pretzel specials throughout the festival, too!
We want YOU! To help out at this festive celebration — serve beer or brats, run a fun contest, and help keep Iowa Oktoberfest looking great! There’s a lot of fun to be have, come join us!
An Iowa musical group made up of people of all ages, Ackley’s German Band plays classic German tunes for all to enjoy!
LONESOME ROAD is Eastern Iowa's Premier Top 40 Country/80's Rock group! Comprised of some of the state's TOP musicians, a sure "MUST SEE!"
Bob Dorr & The limestoners
Beginning June 10, 1981, the band has averaged playing around 100 dates a year for its 30+ year existence, resulting in a multi generational, dedicated fan base, and making them one of Iowa’s most revered, storied, and requested bands.
Tim “The Music Man”
A fun & festive one man band!
Classic rock covers & more! Melodic metal sounds from Harvey Headbanger have been searing ear drums in the Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa music scene for quite some time. Come check them out!
Mix three cups of German-style polka music with one cup of Czech music, and a half-cup each of country, big band, and party favorites, and you've got a recipe for fun with a band that's really cookin'! That's what you get when you see a live performance featuring Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, a group based out of Mt Vernon, Iowa.
contests & games
A traditional Bavarian endurance contest during which contestants must hold a one-liter stein of beer in one outstretched arm for as long as possible. The filled stein weighs roughly five pounds and must be kept parallel to the ground at all times. Any spilling leads to immediate disqualification! The person who holds theirs out for the longest time, wins.
We’ll start off with a Celebrity Stein Hoist on Friday afternoon and continue all weekend with friendly competitions leading to crowning the Iowa Oktoberfest Stein Hoist CHAMPION!
The German game of Hammerschlagen involves hammering some nails into a tree and drinking for whenever you mess up. This game supposedly dates back as far as 1940 or earlier. It’s safe to say this game makes a lot more sense if you’ve already had a few beers before you start it. You can play with as many players as you want as long as there’s enough nails.
Grab a pint and challange your friends to a competition - we’ll have Hammerschlagen stations setup all festival!
Bring your best dressed pups! Come on down at 11am on Saturday for a barking good time. We’ll have a short parade of dogs so come dressed to win - best costume gets a trophy!
…and so much more!
Boot drinking, kubb, keg rolling competitions, yodeling contests, the list goes on!
We have so much FREE fun planned, come see for yourself!
Food & Drink
30+ drink options! Including Singlespeed’s 16 Days, Schell’s Oktoberfest, Second State Schwarzbier, Boulevard O’Fest and MORE! Plus an extra special Bloody Mary Bar!
4 Amazing Food Vendors! Brats, pretzels, spaetzle, all your favorite German treats!