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
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
10:00 am – Iowa City BrewFest opens with Blessing of the Beer for Iowa City Brewfest
12:00 pm – Outdoor Bier Hall opens on Linn St.
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Homebrewed – Iowa City-based blues, rockabilly, and rock-n-blues band
2:30 – 2:45 pm – Lederhosen Costume Contest – There will be someone walking around the festival selecting those in the best lederhosen costumes. The best costume will be chosen by the crowd favorite!
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Die Tieffen Keller Polka Band in BrewFest sampling area.
2:00 pm – Taps close for Iowa City BrewFest sampling.
2:00 – 6:00pm – Hammerschlagen on N. Linn St.
3:00 – 3:30 pm – Brat Eating Contest – Who will be this year’s brat eating champion!? Sign up here for a chance to compete.
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Flash in a Pan – Folk and grass string band from Iowa City.
5:30 – 6:00 pm – Yodeling Contest – Think you have what it takes to be Iowa City’s first Yodeling Champion? Register here for a chance to compete.
6:00 – 6:30 pm – Stein Holding Contest – Compete to see who can hold a full stein the longest! Register here for the men’s and women’s divisions.
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Not Quite Brothers – One of Central Iowa’s fastest-growing cover bands. Formed in 2018, this sought-after band is becoming known for its full sound, eclectic setlist, and ability to enhance a party.
All Northside businesses and restaurants will be open inside and some will be set up within the festival serving special menus.
John’s Grocery- Scotch Eggs
Prairie Kitchen Store-
Goosetown Cafe- 1) Brisket on a brioche bun, slaw, horseradish cream 2) Kilbasa dogs, housemade souerkraut 3) Pretzel bites with beer cheese
Wild Culture Kombucha-
Hamburg Inn 2-
Brix Cheese & Wine Shop-
It’s important to note that the proceeds from the Northside Oktoberfest will benefit Northside businesses in addition to various local organizations, groups, 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!
Where do I park?
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!!
I plan on drinking 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.
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 other activities at SodaFest for the kids. Other activities include Hammerschlagen, keg bowling, and beer slide! Make sure to visit the Northside Oktoberfest Stage next to Goosetown Cafe for some great live music!
Can I bring my family?
Yes, this is a family event. We have a 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.
Will refunds be issued in the event of rain?
The Northside Oktoberfest is a rain or shine event so refunds will not be issued due to weather. Preparations have been made to ensure the fun can continue even in the rain, so rain or shine you can still fill your stein!