Frankenmuth has one of the few Oktoberfests in the world that is officially sanctioned by the government in Munich.
Lord Mayor Christian Ude and the German Parliament from Munich gave an official proclamation in 1996.
Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest was declared the first Oktoberfest to operate with the blessing of the original Oktoberfest in Munich.
With this proclamation, the event was moved into September to coincide with the opening of the Munich event.
Also, for the first time in history, the world-famous Hofbrauhaus Brewery of Munich exported their beer to the United States. The Hofbrauhaus became the official beer sponsor of the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest in 1997.
With Frankenmuth’s unique German heritage and culture, the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest strives to preserve the sights and sounds of the Munich Oktoberfest.
The event features authentic entertainment, dancing, Oktoberfest souvenirs, various food selections, and authentic Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest beer.
The city of Frankenmuth, Michigan is sometimes referred to as Little Bavaria. The town, and similarly named neighboring towns, were established in the mid-1800’s by Frankish people, who hailed from the Bavarian region of Germany.
Dancing at the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest is on a 68’ X 60’ wooden dance floor.
Good food, drinks, and souvenirs.
The German bands performs annually and authentic German fare is served daily.
Parking is free at the Oktoberfest. Parking is located right on the festivals grounds, as you arrive at Heritage Park.
What: 30th Annual Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
When: September 19-22, 2019
Where: Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park (601 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI)
Times: Thurs (3pm-10pm), Fri (3pm-Midnight), Sat (Noon-Mid), Sun (Noon-6pm)
Cost: $10.00 entry/ $14.00 dinner ticket if you want food