Prost! Des Moines celebrates Oktoberfest

Everyone wins one way or another during Oktoberfest’s stein holding contest. Caption Photo: Des Moines Oktoberfest

Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls: Des Moines’ annual Oktoberfest is set for Sept. 22-23, and this year it’s moving to Water Works Park.

Listen to German folk songs while you play a round of Koenigschlagen. Fill your stein with German beer. Learn to polka, and when the dancing wears you out, refuel with German bratwurst, spaetzle or giant pretzels before the stein holding contest.

However you choose to celebrate, remember to do it responsibly. Find the full schedule and buy tickets online.


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