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. This is an open festival, ANYONE can come in and enjoy the atmosphere, food vendors, activities etc. ONLY those with tickets will be allowed the tasting glass that will allow them to sample beers, ciders and wines from over 60 booths!
- Northside businesses and restaurants will still be open. Restaurants may have booths outside their location, but anyone is allowed to go into their restaurant and eat.
- Broken glass? Bring your broken glass to the General Admission booth and get another for $5.00
It’s important to note that the proceeds from the Northside Oktoberfest will benefit a multitude of organizations. 22 groups, clubs, and non-profits will receive donations for their help volunteering at the event. Make sure to say ‘thank you’ to any volunteers you see!
2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00am – SodaFest begins. Northside Oktoberfest ticket holders can start getting wristbands and their ID’s checked.
11:00am – BrewMaster ticket holders can pick up their glasses on Linn St. outside of r.s.v.p.
11:00am – Blessing of the beer at the BrewMaster entrance.
11:00am – Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan Wolverines on the big screen TV in the City lot next to Bluebird Diner.
11:00am – 3:00pm – Adult games (Hammerschlagen, Beer Slide, Keg Bowling, Giant Jenga) in the Phelan Tucker Law LLP parking lot next to El Banditos.
12:00pm – General Admission ticket holders can pick up their glasses in the Phelan Tucker Law LLP parking lot next to El Banditos.
12:30 – 1:30pm – Crystal City performance outside of Goosetown Cafe.
12:00 – 2:00pm – Die Tieffen Keller performance. The Polka Band will be playing on N. Linn St. by Domby and Hamburg Inn 2.
2:00 – 3:00pm – Cedar County Cobras performance outside of Goosetown Cafe.
2:00pm – Brat and scotch egg eating contest. Lederhosen costume contest to follow.
- There will be someone walking around the festival selecting those in the best lederhosen costumes. Best costume will be chosen by the crowd favorite!
3:00pm – Taps close and Northside Oktoberfest/Iowa City BrewFest ends.
Adult Games/Activities: Located in the Phelan Tucker Law LLP Parking Lot (321 E. Market St.)
- Keg Bowling
- Beer Slide
- Brat Eating Contest
- Lederhosen Outfit Competition
- Masskrugstemmen – Beer Stein Holding Competition
General Admission Ticket Prices Increase At The Door!
Brewmaster Tickets (SOLD OUT):
- Entrance booth where you will pick up your glassware and get a wristband is located at the alley on Linn St. near rsvp.
- 11:00am – 3:00pm tasting time.
- $5.00 credit to use at Northside businesses listed on the card.
General Admission Tickets: Ticket Prices Will Increase At The Door!
- $45.00 tickets still on sale and can be purchased online or in person at John’s Grocery (401 E. Market St.).
- Entrance booth where you will pick up your glassware and get a wristband is located on Market St. in the Phelan Tucker Law LLP parking lot (321 E. Market St.).
- 12:00pm – 3:00pm tasting time.
10:00am – 3:00pm in the Pagaliai’s Pizza Parking Lot.
Take part in an inflatable obsticle course, 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.
Additional Games/Activities include:
- Kinder Hammer
- Print Making
- Tube Rolling
- Print archery
- Pumpkin Decorating
- Glitter Tattoos
- Jenga and tic-tac-toe
- Box Party
- Inflatable slide, obstacle course, and bounce house
- 10:00 – 11:00am – The After School Specials – 4th-6th Grade Rock Bands
- 11:15am – 12:15pm – Eastern Iowa Arts Academy
- 2:15pm – Champaigne Company of Irish Dance
Northside Oktoberfest FAQ
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.
We have never, not ONCE ran out of parking in Iowa City! There are thousands of parking spots at our 5 major parking ramps, we suggest the Tower Place ramp, just a block away and it’s only $1/hr and your first hour is FREE!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
No. Since the festival is an open festival, you don’t need a special Designated Driver ticket to enjoy alcohol-free fun.
The Northside Oktoberfest is a rain or shine event so refunds will not be issued due to inclimate weather. Preperations have been made to ensure the fun can continue even in the rain, so rain or shine you can still fill your stein!