Imagine yourself surrounded by hundreds of happy people, sloshing drinks and devouring heaps of traditional German food. In the background, a lively, high-energy band plays German music, while lederhosen-clad waitresses tend to the masses. This is Oktoberfest—a festival known for its beers, sausages and full-blown, fun-filled celebrations. Although this is deemed a can’t-miss activity, it’s not always possible to make it to Germany every October. But no worries, there are several amazing Oktoberfest celebrations in America—and some of the best are conveniently located near our resorts.
Oktoberfest Celebrations Throughout America
Millions of visitors come from all over to enjoy Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the United States. Lucky for our Bluegreen Vacations owners, we have authentic, culturally rich celebrations that are located close to some of our most sought-after resorts.
River Street Oktoberfest, Savannah, Georgia
From Friday, October 3rd to October 5th, River Street in Savannah transforms into a full-fledged celebration of rich German culture—complete with live entertainment, German food, games, fun, regional arts & crafts, wiener dog races, and much, much more!
Lucky for you, Savannah’s beloved Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend of the month, which means an amazing fireworks show will be on full display at around 9:20 pm on Friday night. After indulging in all the fun-filled activities, retreat to the comfy villas at The Studio Homes at Ellis Square—less than a mile away from River Street Oktoberfest.
Hofbrauhaus, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Oktoberfest festivities in Las Vegas are unlike any other. To keep in line with the bustling excitement that the city provides, this month-long celebration boasts stein-holding contests, live music, authentic Bavarian gifts and unique beer selections straight from Germany! For owners staying at the Blugreen Club 36™, the festivities are only a mile away—perfect for walking or grabbing a quick cab ride.
Deutsch Haus, New Orleans, Louisiana
Every weekend starting in October, the Deutsches Haus will be dishing out authentic German food, drinks, folk dancing and music. Long been New Orleans’ champion for Oktoberfest merriment, the Deutsch Haus is expected to draw as many as 20,000 people to suburban Kenner, Louisiana this October. As an added treat, on either the first or second weekend of the event, the Oktoberfest parade will make its way from Convention Center Boulevard to the Deutsches Haus for an all-out celebration!
Looking for a place to stay near all the excitement? Only a quick cab ride away is the culturally rich Bluegreen Club La Pension™, a favored Bluegreen Vacations resort full of eclectic charm.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, California
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is a culmination of everything you could possibly want out of an Oktoberfest celebration. Starting September 13th and going until October 2th, this highly anticipated event pulls together every facet of German culture to create one of the best parties of the year. For seven weekends, friends, family and strangers alike gather together to enjoy impeccable entertainment, contests, dancing, eating and, of course German beer.
For a restful retreat after a long day or night of celebrating, escape to The Club at Big Bear Village—a destination all on its own with comfy, spacious villas and impeccable accommodations. Nestled amid the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains, The Club at Big Bear Village is only about an 8-minute drive from the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest.
With all the amazing Oktoberfest adventures to choose from, your vacation this fall could be the best one yet!