Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations in Lake County

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You don’t need a passport to enjoy the fun and festivities of Oktoberfest.  Traditionally a beer festival, it is also known for celebrating German culture, food, and entertainment.  But what if you want the children to be able to join you in the spirit of gemütlichkeit?  We’ve rounded up a selection of family-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations in Lake County that feature attractions for the children and adults.

family-friendly oktoberfests in lake county

Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations in Lake County

COVID-19 Statement: Experts have advised that the best thing for our community during the current Coronavirus pandemic is to reduce crowded gatherings. Please exercise caution when selecting outings. Ultimately it is your decision if you choose to go to public events and spaces. For the best and most up to date information on the outbreak locally, please visit the Lake County Health Department COVID-19 status page.

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Oktoberfest Music, Mariano’s Vernon Hills
Live, socially distanced music!

Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 28
Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo
Zoogoers can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live Polka music at the Beer Garden from 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on the East Mall to celebrate Oktoberfest. Available for purchase will be Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest beer and seasonal menu. Read the details on zoo reopening and what to expect.

Saturday, October 3 & Sunday October 4
Emil’s Oktoberfest, Grayslake
Emil’s will be having an Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday October 4th!! Get your Lederhosens and Dirndls out and join us for Live Music, great German food and Oktoberfest beers! 

Sunday, November 1
Oktoberfest
canceled for 2020
{Lake Villa} Join the American Aid Society of German Descendents for a traditional Oktoberfest with food, drinks, music, and entertainment.
Schlachtfest to go! With the festival canceled they are offering a one-time Schlachtfest to go on Sunday, November 1. See the website for ordering details.

Lake Forest Oktoberfest canceled for 2020
{Lake Forest} Enjoy music, food, and kids activities at this fundraiser for the Friends of the Lake Forest Parks. Admission is $10 children 5 and younger are free.

Oktoberfest – September 25 & 26 canceled for 2020
{Vernon Hills} Free kid’s crafts will be available at Oktoberfest, while supplies last. Free pumpkins to paint, while supplies last, giant sandbox, games, music, food, and more.

Octoberfest canceled for 2020
{Wheeling} Join the Wheeling Park District for two days of food, merriment, and music at the annual Oktoberfest event! There will be German and domestic beer, bratwurst, and live entertainment.

family friendly oktoberfests

2020 Dates TBA
Village Tavern’s Oktoberfest
135 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove | (847) 634-3117
The Village Tavern in Long Grove will host a celebration with a wide variety of Oktoberfest activities and seasonal beers. Reservations are recommended for the dinner hour, call (847) 634-3117 to reserve your table.

Have you attended an Oktoberfest celebration that was kid-friendly? Tell us about it in the comments! 


Please note that festivities tend to become more adult-oriented later in the evenings–use your own parental discretion.  Remember to please drink responsibly and assign a designated driver.

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Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations in Lake County
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