Northside Oktoberfest - September 23, 2023

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 year, Northside Oktoberfest celebrates 27 years and will include Iowa City BrewFest, your beloved sampling event, and the Outdoor Beer Hall. Iowa City BrewFest, sponsored by FLY CID, will be the traditional sampling event you love and ONLY ticket holders will be allowed to sample from multiple vendors and the Outdoor Bier Hall will be a general admission anyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy.

Iowa City BrewFest (Saturday, October 8th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm) – For 2022, the Iowa City BrewFest, sponsored by FLY CID, will remain exclusive and only open for 800 BrewMaster ticket buyers to participate in samplings. The festival is open for anyone to walk through, but only those with a ticket and BrewFest glass will be able to sample.


    • Exclusive access to unlimited samplings from vendors
    • Customized 2022 Northside Oktoberfest glass
    • $15 gift card to eat & shop at Northside businesses
    • Custome and Exclusive Northside Oktoberfest baseball hats
    • 1 free beer at the Outdoor Bier Hall (while supplies last)
    • Access to beer games, Oktoberfest contests, and live music
    • *Please note, you will not receive a physical ticket for Iowa City BrewFest. Ticket holders will check in under the ticket buyer’s LAST NAME via a will-call list.


Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall (Saturday, October 8th) – General Admission will be welcome to attend the 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.

Outdoor Bier Hall Tickets

    • $15 Bier Hall Mug (available for pre-purchase this summer)
    • 1 beer with purchase (while supplies last)
    • Allows you to purchase wine and beer at Northside businesses to take to the street and enjoy with the live music, contests, etc.
  • *More details about the Outdoor Bier Hall will be announced soon!



11:00 am – Iowa City BrewFest and SodaFest opens

11:00am – 3:00pm – Boy Scout pretzel necklaces and Fly CID Stairtruck

11:00am – 8:00pm – Hammerschlagen and adult games (keg bowling, beer slide, beer wench races, yard games)

11:15am – Blessing of the Beer for Iowa City BrewFest

12:00pm – Outdoor Bier Hall opens on Linn St.

12:00 – 1:00pm – Barefoot Becky (Main Stage)

1:15 – 2:15pm – Bingo (Main Stage)

2:15 – 3:00pm – German Spelling Bee (Main Stage)

2:45pm – Lederhosen Costume Contest at BrewFest – 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!

3:00pm – BrewFest Taps and SodaFest close

3:15pm – 3:45pm – Brat Eating Contest (Main Stage)

3:45pm – 4:45pm – Tanya English Trio (Main Stage)

4:45pm – 5:30pm – Stein Holding Contest (Main Stage)

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Czech Plus Band (Main Stage)

8:00pm – Outdoor Bier Hall Closes

This is the Northside Oktoberfest event for the kids! Bring the family and friends to SodaFest on Saturday, October 8th from 11:00am – 3:00pm in the Pagliai’s Parking Lot. Join us with the Iowa Children’s Museum for many different fall activities, games, crafts, and more! SodaFest is open to all ages.
A $5.00 ticket includes a specialty acrylic tasting soda glass and unlimited samples of sodas. These can be purchased at the SodaFest booth.
The Iowa Children’s Museum team once again will lead programming for SodaFest with a number of activities planned, including pumpkin decorating, creative construction play with their beloved Blue Blocks, inflatables and much more! And back again by popular demand … Living Characters will create a custom balloon animal/object for each participating kiddo!!

All Northside businesses and restaurants will be open inside and some will be set up within the festival serving special menus. Stop inside to see full menus, dine in, or order take-out!

  • Wild Culture Kombucha
    • 11:00am – 8:00pm – Brat burgers, Basic Burgers, Apple BBQ Chicken Sammy, Candied Kielbasa, German Waffles, Kale & Potato Soup
  • Prairie Kitchen Store
    • 11:00am – 2:00pm – Thoma’s Brats and German Potato Salad
  • Goosetown
    • 11:00am – 8:00pm – Kielbasa Brats, Potato Pancakes, Housemade Pretzels, Warm Candied Nuts
    • $5 beer keg on patio and  full draft beer list inside
  • Brix Cheese & Wine Shop
    • 11:00am – 9:00pm – Grab’n’Go versions of regular deli sandwiches
    • $5 beer keg on patio
  • Marco’s Grilled Cheese
    • 11:00am – 8:00pm – Geroge’s Gyros Food Carts + full menu inside
  • Pagliai’s Pizza
    • 4:00pm – 10:00pm – Full menu inside
  • Oasis Falafel
    • 11:00am – 8:00pm – Full menu inside
    • Come in and celebrate our 18th anniversary with us!
  • George’s Buffet
    • 11:00am – 2:00am – Burgers available to order inside!
    • $5 beer on tap available inside the tavern.
    • Beer garden open all day.
  • Hamburg Inn 2
    • 11:00 am – 6:00pm – Carnitas tacos
    • Full menu inside
  • Bluebird Diner
    • Full menu inside
  • the Webster
    • 5:30 – 10:00pm – Full menu inside
  • Pop’s BBQ
    • 11:00am – 9:00pm – Full menu inside
  • Tru Coffee
    • 8:00am – 4:00pm – Full menu inside


Oktoberfest food board to be enjoyed during the Northside Oktoberfest festival. The food boards are built for two sizes of groups: 4 or 8 people.

Large Food Boards will include enough food for 8 people

  • 4 George’s Buffet famous cheeseburgers
  • an assortment of cheeses from Brix
  • 4 brats
  • Oasis Falafel hummus & vegetables
  • spreads from Prairie Kitchen Store, and more!

Small Food Boards will include enough food for 4 people

  • an assortment of cheeses from Brix
  • 2 brats
  • Oasis hummus & vegetables
  • spreads from Prairie Kitchen Store, and more!

Food Boards will be limited and will be picked up at the Bier Hall check-in from 12 pm-6 pm. Based on demand food boards may be available for purchase at the event.

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.

Is there General Admission to the festival?

The festival looks a bit different in the last few years. We now host a Bier Hall for all general admission ticket buyers on N Linn St. The Bier Hall provides GA with a ceramic stein for only $10 (if pre-purchased) and a beer. After the first drink, beer and wine can be purchased from any of the neighborhood restaurants and bars including George’s Buffet, Prairie Kitchen Store, Marco’s Island, Goosetown, Bluebird diner, Brix Cheese & Wine Shop, Wild Culture Kombucha, the Webster, High Ground Cafe.

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!

THANK YOU to the 2022 Northside Oktoberfest sponsors

for making this event possible!