Iowa Oktoberfest Celebrations Are On Tap

Adventureland Park in Altoona will host an Oktoberfest next weekend for those 21 and older. Photo: Catch Des Moines.

It’s officially fall, and October is fast approaching. While the pandemic has forced many of Iowa’s Oktoberfest organizers to cancel, there are still a few around the state planning to move forward. Remember to social distance and wear masks, in accordance with federal guidelines.

Waterloo: Sept. 26; noon to midnight: This celebration, named Iowa Oktoberfest, takes place in downtown Waterloo at Anton’s Garden, a German-style outdoor beer garden. Live entertainment starts at 2 p.m. with Tim the Music Man. Barefoot Becky plays at 5:30 p.m. There also will be beer, food and contests while you dress up in your best dirndls and lederhosen. Admission is free.

Des Moines: Oct. 3; 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: Adventureland Park in Altoona is hosting its sixth annual Oktoberfest, with live entertainment (music, comedy, magic and more), rides, drinks and a fireworks show. Five different stages will feature more than a dozen Iowa musicians, including the Pork Tornadoes, Pie in the Sky and Electric Shock. Admission is $45 through today, then it increases to $50. You must be 21 or older to enter. Parking is free, and you can leave cars overnight.

Sioux City: Oct. 3; 1-4:30 p.m.: An outdoor Oktoberfest celebration is slated for the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. The event will feature music, food and drinks on the outside plaza. Oktoberfest beers will be on tap from local breweries along with domestic selections. Bobby Z and Polka Joy will also provide live music. To allow for social distancing, tickets will include a table reservation. They are $10 per seat and purchasers must buy the entire table. Single tickets will not be sold.

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