September 26 - 27, 2014

$7 advance tickets at

Includes two-day admission, mug and your first beer or $10 at the door.

Rain or Shine - Plenty of tented bier gardens! • South of Court on 4th Street (directions)


Get in the spirit! Prizes (including beer tickets) will be awarded to those
who dress up for Oktoberfest. Locally, you can find items at Nobbies.

Das Programm {Schedule}

    • Donnerstag
    • Noon – A Taste of Oktoberfest - at Capital Square
    • 6:00 Oktoberfeast - Hessen Haus Tent
    • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 // (3PM to 1AM)
    • Freitag
    • 3:00 Barefoot Becky
    • 4:00 Tapping of the Golden Keg
    • 6:30 Bill Koncar
    • 9:00 Bier Maiden Contest
    • 10:00 Jim Kucera
    • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 // (3PM to 1AM)
    • Samstag
    • 4:30 Bob Malek & His Fisherman Band
    • 5:30 The Brew Mile Awards
    • 6:00 Bob Malek & His Fisherman Band
    • 7:30 Jim Kucera
    • 9:30 Stein Holding Competition
    • 10:00 Bolzen Beer Band
    • *schedule subject to change
  • OktoberFEAST

  • Our inaugural OktoberFEAST dinner includes four courses of German favorites, four 10 oz beers and strolling accordion music by Bill Koncar of Minneapolis. All tickets also include a limited edition beer stein to take home. Check back soon for menu details! Only 80 tickets are available for purchase.
  • The Details

  • Collaboration between Hessen Haus and Strudl Haus

    • Dinner will be served in the tent immediately south of the Hessen Haus
    • Limited to 80 guests
    • $60 and includes dinner, four beers, gratuity, commemorative stein and live strolling accordion music throughout the evening.
    • Social Hour 6:00
    • First Course Served at 7:00 sharp
  • The Menu

    • Goulasch Suppe
    • Gemischter Salat (Traditional Mixed Green Salad) served with baked from scratch Bread Basket
    • Schweinsbraten Mit Sauerkraut and Knodel (Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut and dumplings)
    • Topfen Strudl Mit Vanilla Sauce (Ricotta Cheese Strudl with Vanilla Sauce)

Be a part of the first ever Oktoberfest Audi VIP tent and enjoy exclusive, reserved seating area close to the stage and all the Oktoberfest entertainment. When you purchase your Audi VIP table for 10 you will receive; dedicated table servers to keep the beer flowing, 1 authentic glass boot filled once with your choice of beer, 40 beer tickets, 10 pretzel necklaces and 10 commemorative Oktoberfest mugs for individual beers. Tables may be purchased for either Friday OR Saturday. Once you purchase your table, you may pick-up your Audi VIP packet ahead of time to distribute to your group. Purchase your Audi VIP table today; there are a limited number available!

(Delivery with the Des Moines metro area may be available. Upon purchase we will contact you to make arrangements. No ticketing fees, No refunds, Oktoberfest Des Moines happens, rain or shine.)

Don’t have 9 friends? Don’t worry…you can purchase an individual Audi VIP ticket and take advantage of reserved seating, dedicated table servers, Oktoberfest mug, 4 beer tickets and a pretzel necklace! As with all good things, there are a limited number of individual Audi VIP tickets available, so purchase yours today!

(Ticketing fees apply, no refunds, Oktoberfest Des Moines happens, rain or shine.)


Festival Menu

  • German Bratwurst
  • Cheese Bratwurst
  • Kase Wurst
  • Hot Link Bratwurst
  • (All above served on pretzel buns made from scratch)

  • Wienerschnitzel
  • Roasted Pork (Schweins Braten)
  • Kartoffel Salat (Potato Salad)
  • Knodel (Dumplings)
  • Sauerkraut
  • German Giant Pretzels
  • Various Strudls and Pastries

  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
  • Hofbrau Hefeweizen
  • Leinenkugel Oktoberfest
  • Coors Light
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen
  • Paulaner Hefeweizen
  • Paulaner Munich-Lager
  • Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

  • Mikes Hard Lemonade
  • Assorted Wines
  • Red Bull
  • Limited bar offerings including Jagermeister, Apfel Korn and Vokda

The Brewmile

The "Brew Mile" is a traditional mile long footrace followed by sophisticated socialization and indulgence in the finest domestic and German brews at the 10th annual Oktoberfest.

For more information, visit

Learn Bairisch {German}

To brush up on some words that will be useful at Oktoberfest, we put together this handy list below.
Simply click on a word to hear it's pronunciation.

  • Oans,Zwoa,G'suffa
    (coll.)(One, Two, down the hatch!)

    Drinking chant often heard at the Hofbrauhaus and Oktoberfest. G'suffa is derived from the German verb "saufen", which roughly translates to "boozing".

  • Fingerhackeln

    Two friends hook their middle fingers and try to pull the opponent over the table. A popular game at the Oktoberfest in Munich.

  • Biafuizl
    (n.) (BEER-futs-uhl)

    A beer mat. Often used by the waitress/waiter as a note pad, where dashes indicate the quantity of beer ordered by the guest.

  • Biddscheen
    (bitte schön) (n.) (beet-SHUHN)

    Please. Can also mean "you're welcome" when someone is giving or serving you something - for example a beer.

  • Dirndl

    A girl. The second term can also be used for a traditional Bavarian dress usually worn at Oktoberfest.

  • Prosit

    A toast used to wish good health, especially before drinking. Often sung as loudly as possible as part of the tune "Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gemütlichkeit", meaning "A toast, a toast, to comfort and sociability!"

  • Fuaßln
    (n.) (FAWS-eln)

    Playing footsie. Above the table, people may hook fingers. But when people secretly have toe-to-toe contact under the table, things usually get much more interesting.

  • Sejbbvaschdendli
    (n.) (SEP-fuhr-SHTEN-lee)

    Of course, naturally. The right answer to the question, "another beer?

  • Maßkruagstemma
    (n.) (MAHSS-kroog-stim-uh)

    A contest in which the contestant must hold one maß of beer with straight arms. The person who can carry the beer the longest wins.

  • Rumstrawanzn

    To rove about, to gad. Implies that the person is up to no good. A common occurence at Oktoberfest.

  • Wampn

    Expression for an over-sized or hanging belly. Caused either by the excessive consumption of fatty foods or beer. Found in abundance at the Oktoberfest.

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