Advance tickets at tikly.co
$7.50 one-day general admission | $12.50 two-day general admission
General admission tickets will be $10 per night at the door
Admission includes your commemorative Oktoberfest mug | Bring your mug back Saturday for $5 admission
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.
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the festival from Audi of Des Moines’ VIP Rooftop Beer Garden [Auf dem Dach] located on the top of the Science Center’s parking ramp Just steps off of 4th Street. There you will enjoy a VIP experience fit for King Ludwig himself.
Only 300 Tickets Available Each Night
Cost $40 each night
(Ticketing fees apply, no refunds, Oktoberfest Des Moines happens, rain or shine.)
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.
Drinking chant often heard at the Hofbrauhaus and Oktoberfest. G'suffa is derived from the German verb "saufen", which roughly translates to "boozing".
Two friends hook their middle fingers and try to pull the opponent over the table. A popular game at the Oktoberfest in Munich.
A beer mat. Often used by the waitress/waiter as a note pad, where dashes indicate the quantity of beer ordered by the guest.
Please. Can also mean "you're welcome" when someone is giving or serving you something - for example a beer.
A girl. The second term can also be used for a traditional Bavarian dress usually worn at Oktoberfest.
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!"
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.
Of course, naturally. The right answer to the question, "another beer?
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.
To rove about, to gad. Implies that the person is up to no good. A common occurence at Oktoberfest.
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.