A Guide to Milwaukee Oktoberfest

Much of Wisconsin has roots in German heritage and with fall quickly approaching, that means one thing … Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is a folk festival held worldwide that celebrates Bavarian culture, German style food, and of course, lots of beer. If you’re in Wisconsin this fall, Milwaukee Oktoberfest is a can’t-miss. Here’s what you need to know about the festival:

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2019

The plaza outside of Fiserv Forum
1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203

Food & Drink
Milwaukee Oktoberfest will have lots of traditional German food like pretzels and bratwursts. There will also be many varieties of Oktoberfest beer, both German and local. Prost! (Cheers!)

Milwaukee Wisconsin Oktoberfest
Milwaukee Wisconsin Oktoberfest

Milwaukee Oktoberfest is:

  • Free to enter
  • Dog friendly (especially for weiner dogs!)
  • Family friendly – with face painting, a coloring station, and games for the kids
  • A smoke free event

Visit the official website for additional information and updates.

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  • Live polka music all day, every day.
  • Ceremonial Keg Tapping. (October 4, 5:00 pm)
  • Das Boot Bar Tour. (October 5, 12:00 pm) This is the annual bar crawl along Old World 3rd Street. Participants will get event t-shirts, drink specials, and a “das boot,” which is a German beer mug in the shape of a boot.

Contests & Competitions

  • Stein Hoisting Competition (October 4, 7:30 pm) – $250 prize
  • Bratwurst Eating Competition (October 5, 3:30 pm) – $500 prize
  • Miss Oktoberfest Contest (October 5, 7:30 pm) – $250 prize
  • Bags/Cornhole Tournament (October 6, 12:00 pm) – $1000 prize
  • Weiner Dog Show (October 6, 2:30 pm) – $100 prize and doggie prize basket

Where to Stay

When visiting Milwaukee for Oktoberfest, you’ll want to stay in close proximity to Fiserv Forum to avoid pricey Uber rides. Luckily, Frontdesk has you covered with trendy short-term apartments in the Westown area. We have several listings in the Brewery District and Theater District, which are each only about a half mile walk to Fiserv Forum.

Top Frontdesk Properties Near Stadiums

Football, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey … no matter the sport, we know that fans take the game seriously and many travel distances to see their team play. After all, nothing beats watching live, in the stands, surrounded by thousands of fellow ecstatic fans. Whatever team you’re rooting for, at the end of the night you’ll want to return to a comfortable room and the closer to the stadium, the better. Avoid the traffic and those expensive Uber rides!

If you’re in Columbus, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Charlotte, or Indianapolis to catch a game, Frontdesk has you covered. Frontdesk offers trendy, spacious short-term rentals with tons of amenities that will keep you close to the action. Here are some of our top properties near the major stadiums in these cities.


Columbus, Ohio is known for its college sports. The city boasts the 102,082 seat Ohio Stadium, or “the Horseshoe,” which is home to The Ohio State Buckeyes football team and is located on The Ohio State campus. Columbus is also home to Mapfre Stadium of the Columbus Crew Soccer Club, which is located just outside the OSU campus.

Frontdesk properties near the Ohio Stadium and Mapfre Stadium in Columbus:

Sunrise View + Indoor Parking @ Downtown 1br Loft

This 1 bedroom apartment with one queen bed, couch, and air mattress has everything you need to enjoy your stay in Columbus! Enjoy views of the city with floor to ceiling windows plus a balcony. Located across the street from Columbus Commons, the property is a short walk to Scioto Mile and Capitol Square, and only about a 10 minute drive from the stadiums. Amenities include a smart TV, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, access to a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, and a parking pass for indoor parking in the garage below the building.

COL - Historic Beauty 2br with parking

This 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of Columbus has two queen beds, a couch, and an air mattress in an incredible art-deco-meets-21st-centur