September 25 – 26, 2015

Advance tickets at

$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.


Das Programm {Schedule}

    • Donnerstag
    • 6:30 Zooktoberfest – at the Blank Park Zoo
    • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 // (3PM to 1AM)
    • Freitag
    • 3:00 Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen
    • 4:00 Tapping of the Golden Keg – Free Beer While It Lasts!
    • 6:30 Bob Malek & His Fishermen Band
    • 9:00 Bier Maiden Contest
    • 10:00 Swing Crew
    • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 // (3PM to 1AM)
    • Samstag
    • 3:00 Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen
    • 3:00- 5:00 Polka Lessons
    • 5:30 Charity Stein Holding Competition
    • 6:00 Bill Koncar Band
    • 8:00 Jim Kucera Band
    • 10:00 Stein Holding Competition
    • 10:30 Bolzen Beer Band
    • *schedule subject to change
  • Zooktoberfest

  • Zooktoberfest will kick off Oktoberfest Des Moines weekend! Head to the Blank Park Zoo from 5:30 – 8:00 pm on September 25th and enjoy live music, German beer and animals out in the park until 6:30 pm.
  • The Details

  • Collaboration between The Blank Park Zoo and Oktoberfest Des Moines

  • More Info

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.

VIP Benefits

  • Rooftop view of the main stage
  • Dedicated Bier Maidens to serve your beer and food
  • Comfortable Lounge Furniture
  • VIP only restrooms
  • Dedicated Bar
  • Commemorative glass half liter beer stein
  • complimentary first beer or cocktail
    Only 300 Tickets Available Each Night


    Cost $40 each night

    (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 New Amsterdam Vodka

    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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