Northside Oktoberfest

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 as we take over the streets of the Northside, just blocks north of downtown Iowa City. For 2021, the Northside Oktoberfest in a Box will be a take-home experience people can enjoy at home, Iowa City BrewFest will be the traditional sampling event you love and ONLY ticket holders will be allowed to sample from multiple vendors, and the new Outdoor Bier Hall will be a general admission anyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy.

Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall (Saturday, October 2nd)- General Admission will be welcome to attend the new outdoor Bier Hall on North Linn St.  From 12:00 – 8:00 pm, the Outdoor Bier Hall will take over North Linn Street with traditional Oktoberfest entertainment, games, and contests in addition to live outdoor music. Attendees will be able to purchase an official Bier Hall Mug where they can purchase wine and beer at Northside bars and restaurants to enjoy in the streets throughout the evening.  *This will NOT give you access to sample from vendors at BrewFest.


    • $15 Bier Hall Mug (save money and pre-purchase a mug for only $10 – prices will increase the day-of)
    • 1 beer with purchase (while supplies last)
    • Can purchase wine and beer at Northside businesses to take to the street and enjoy with the live music, contests, etc.

VIP Oktoberfest tables are intended for up to 8 attendees and include: 

    • Table for the entire 12:00 – 8:00 pm festival – come and go as you please throughout the event knowing your table is reserved for only your group
    • Front row seat to the Northside Oktoberfest Stage for live music and contests
    • 8 Bier Hall mugs including the complimentary beer for each mug
    • Gigantic Oktoberfest snack board featuring Blubired Diner’s cinnamon rolls, George’s famous cheeseburgers, an assortment of cheeses from Brix, and some spreads from Prairie Kitchen Store and more!

SodaFest- (Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)The Iowa Children’s Museum will be hosting SodaFest with many different fall craft activities. SodaFest is open to all ages.

  • Pumpkin Decorating (1 pumpkin per family!)
  • Extra-large inflatable Bowling
  • Puppet Making Station for Public Space 1’s Joy March
  • Paint the Cardboard Town
  • 3 holes of Mini Golf
  • Dance Floor
  • Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department featuring trikes, bikes and assorted outdoor games
  • Balloon animals with Living Characters
  • Imagination Playground Blue Blocks
  • Wooden Ramps and Pathways
At 1:00, guests will be invited to take part in PS1’s Joy March which will start at their building at the corner of Bloomington and Gilbert and end at Soda Fest for a Magical Dance Party!

Iowa City BrewFest (Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
SOLD OUT – Attendees find all event details and program information in your emails.

Northside Oktoberfest in a Box

THANK YOU to the 2021 Northside Oktoberfest sponsors

for making this event possible!