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.

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Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations in Lake County

Saturdays, September 21, 28 & October 5

American Aid Society of German Descendants, 259 West Grand Avenue, Lake Villa
Swing by for three consecutive Saturdays, starting at 6:30 p.m. for Oktoberfest. The event includes lively music by German bands, food, and drink for sale, and more. Although the event is free to attend, donations are encouraged at the door.

Saturday, September 21
Highland Park Oktoberfest
Held on Second Street from Beelow’s North Shore to Central the Highland Park Oktoberfest will entertain people of all ages. There will be activities, lively German Music, high-quality food and beer.

Saturday, September 22
4th Annual Lake Forest Oktoberfest
Parking Lot Behind City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest
Food, beverages, live music and children’s attractions such as games and inflatables will have you saying, “Prost!”  Proceeds will be used to support the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department.

Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29
14th Annual Oktoberfest
Vernon Hills Metra Station, 75 East Route 45
Free kids crafts and pumpkins to paint will be available, while supplies last. There will be games, entertainment, a giant sand box, inflatables, food and more.

Saturday, September 28
Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Heritage Park, Wheeling
Join the Wheeling Park District for a day of food, beer, music, and merriment at our annual Oktoberfest! Drink German and domestic beer and eat bratwurst while enjoying live entertainment by Dan Mateja and the IPA (International Polka Association) Tribute Band and 7th Heaven. The best part of this year’s event is it’s free! Food and beer are available for purchase.

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October 5
Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest
365 Sunryse Rd., 2nd Floor, Lake Zurich
Tickets – $25 in advance $35 at the door
Enjoy an authentic German food buffet, raffles, music and of course German beer. Proceeds to support the Knights of Columbus Faith in Action Ultrasound initiative and families battling cancer.

October 5
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.

Saturday October 19
American Aid Society of German Descendants, 259 West Grand Avenue, Lake Villa
At Kirchweith, the kinder and youth groups march with a “Strauss” (a rosemary bush decorated with ribbons). The Strauss is bid on by the crowd and awarded to the highest winner. This fest is lively with marching and dancing. There is a $10 donation per person and dinner is available for a nominal price.

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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