Northside Oktoberfest

We invite you to join us as we celebrate 25 years of Northside Oktoberfest. We are excited to announce the return of the in-person festival on Saturday, October 2nd while still offering Northside Oktoberfest in a Box with pick-up in September leading up to the in-person festival. For 2021, the Northside Oktoberfest will be composed of three different elements:

  • Iowa City BrewFest (Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    After taking a break from the in-person festivities in 2020, the sampling event is back to celebrate in-person with a new twist. For 2021, Iowa City Brewfest sponsored by FLY CID will be more exclusive than ever, with ONLY 600 BrewMaster tickets available. That means fewer lines and more beer for you to enjoy!
  • Northside Oktoberfest in a Box (Friday, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th)
    Thanks to the success of the 2020 Northside Oktoberfest in a Box, we have been asked to bring this feature back as part of the 2021 festival. The 2021 Northside Oktoberfest in a Box will once again be a take-home box including a variety of beers and your favorite treats from Northside businesses. Each box is built for 2 people to enjoy and can be customized when ordering.
  • Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall (Saturday, October 2nd) General Admission will be welcome to attend the new outdoor Bier Hall on North Linn St.  *More information coming soon! This will NOT give you access to sample from vendors at BrewFest.

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.

This event wouldn’t be possible the generous support of 2021’s sponsors: Eastern Iowa Airport – Fly CID and John’s Grocery

It’s important to note that the proceeds from the Northside Oktoberfest will benefit Northside businesses in addition to various local organizations, roups, clubs, and non-profits. They will receive donations for their help volunteering at the events. Make sure to say ‘thank you’ to any volunteers you see!

Northside Oktoberfest in a Box – only 200 boxes available for each pick-up date

Iowa City BrewFest – only 600 sampling tickets available for 2021

*Save 5% on Iowa City BrewFest tickets when you purchase the Northside Oktoberfest in a Box with discount code : Northside Oktoberfest Bundle


Northside Oktoberfest in a Box includes: $136.00

  • 12 “Old World Classic” beers hand-selected by John’s Grocery & Iowa City’s “Bier Guy”, Doug Alberhasky
  • Take and bake Pagiliai’s Pizza of your choice
  • A featured kitchen item from Prairie Kitchen Store
  • (1) Bottle of wine from Brix Wine & Cheese Shop (choice of white or red)
  • $30 of gift cards to Northside businesses: $15 Gift Card for Dinner from a neighborhood restaurant & $15 Gift Card to a neighborhood shop
  • Northside Oktoberfest in a Box will be available for PICK-UP ONLY (Friday, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th)

Iowa City BrewFest ticket includes: $92.00

  • Exclusive access (only 600 available) to unlimited samplings from over 40 vendors from 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Northside Oktoberfest 2021 chalice glass
  • $5 for lunch at Northside vendors
  • 25th Anniversary Iowa City BrewFest shirt (choice of Brewer Work Shirt button-up or classic t-shirt, designed and supplied by Jonnie 5 Apparel)
  • First beer free at the new* Northside Oktoberfest outdoor Bier Hall

Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall: $15.00

  • $15 Bier Hall Mug (available to purchase only the day-of)
  • 1 free drink with purchase (while supplies last)
  • Can purchase wine and beer at Northside businesses to take to the street and enjoy

THANK YOU to the 2021 Northside Oktoberfest sponsors

for making this event possible!