Northside Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 30th

The Northside Oktoberfest benefiting Iowa City area nonprofits showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games and much more! Join us on Saturday, September 30th, as we take over the streets of the Northside, just blocks north of downtown Iowa City.

*Please note: This is a rain or shine event. No matter the weather the beer still gets poured! (There will be no ticket refunds.)

Tickets are NOW on sale!

BrewMaster tickets include: 11am-3pm tasting time (full access to all samples available)
General Admission tickets include: 12pm-3pm tasting time (full access to all samples available)

Sept 30th, 2017
Northside Oktoberfest will feature over 50 breweries, here are just a few:


Take part in the football toss or basketball shootout, climb the rock wall, take a few rides down the big double lane blowup slide or dance with all the great performers! The Iowa Children’s Museum will also be there facilitating many different fall craft activities. SodaFest is open to all ages. $5.00 ticket includes specialty acrylic tasting soda glass and soda drink tickets.

Supported by: Iowa Children’s Museum, Pagliai’s Pizza, Little Village Magazine, John’s Grocery
SodaFest will be located in Pagliai's Pizza parking lot and on N Linn St.

Northside Oktoberfest FAQ

Do I have to be 21+ to attend Northside Oktoberfest?

No, this is an all ages event. However, you must be 21+ with a valid ID and a General Admission or BrewMaster ticket to consume alcohol at the event.

Do I need to buy a ticket to drink at Northside Oktoberfest?

Yes, you must purchase a General Admission or BrewMaster ticket. We have an open festival design, allowing those who choose not to drink to participate in non-drinking festival activities without a ticket.

Why is there a line at the entrance of the festival?

Many beer enthusiasts line up well in advance for the festival, and there will most likely be a line at the entrance to Northside Oktoberfest. An ID check of all who enter is required. The line will move quickly if you have your ID out to make the age verification process run smoothly.

What else can I do besides drink?

If beer isn’t your thing, there is still plenty to do at the Northside Oktoberfest. We’ll have SodaFest featuring a variety of craft sodas, food vendors, and a rock climbing wall for the kids.  Other activities include hammerschlagen, keg bowling, and beer slide!

Can I bring my family?

Yes, this is a family event. We have a children’s area equipped with a children-sized rock wall and SodaFest for those who aren’t of age or do not want to drink. They do not need to purchase a ticket if they are not drinking.

Can I bring my dog?

Sure, but it has to be on a leash and we have to check its ID if they want to drink. Just kidding, you shouldn’t give your dog beer but Fido is still welcome at Northside Oktoberfest as long as he is leashed.

Are there Designated Driver tickets available?

No. Since the festival is an open festival, you don’t need a special Designated Driver ticket to enjoy alcohol-free fun.

I plan on drinking a lot and shouldn’t drive home. Who can give me a ride home?

There are plenty of taxi companies, as well as Uber, in Iowa City that can safely get you where you need to be. Northside Oktoberfest does not support, condone, or encourage drunk driving at all. Please make a responsible and smart decision and take a taxi or Uber home or arrange a ride from a sober friend if you are impaired.