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Best Oktoberfests

Top 5 Oktoberfests, ranked.

1. Broken Oar, Port Barrington, Fox Riverfront, September 23-25

  • Highlights: Three days of of German food and fun. Music lineup – Friday: 97 Nine; Saturday: Downpour, Friction and Kashmir; Sunday: Keith Semple from The Voice.
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-3:00 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-3:00 a.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday.


2. Crystal Lake Brewing, Downtown Crystal Lake, September 16-17

  • Highlights: Great food, terrific live music, and of course, some of the best beer you’ll find this side of Munich! All beer is served in half-liter take-home souvenir mugs.
  • Hours: 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


3. Cafe 20, Marengo, September 13-18

  • Highlights: Tuesday: Opening ceremonies, 5 p.m.; keg tapping by Burgermeister, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: M.O.R.E Center Benefit Day. Bring a non-perishable item and the $2 cover charge is waived. Sunday: Family Fun Day with face painting, balloon animals and pumpkin painting for kids. Musical performances daily.
  • Hours: Restaurant hours vary from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Bar might be open until 1 a.m. based on occupancy.


4. Saufen und Spiel, Johnsburg Community Club, September 9-11

  • Highlights & Hours: Friday: Black Light Bean Bag Tournament, registration at 5 p.m., tournament starts at 7 p.m.; live music with Stupidville at 7 p.m. Saturday: Banjo Beer Night, gates open at 5 p.m., live music with Valentine, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; Gooroos at 8:30 p.m. Sunday: Saufen und Spiel, parade starts at 12:30 p.m. Live music with Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band, 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.


5. Rauetoberfest, Beyond Stable Farms, Woodstock, September 9-10

  • Highlights: A two-day long celebration of traditional German music, food and activities. Friday features live music from Ralph Covert (of “Ralph’s World”) and Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama; Die Musikmeisters Band plays all day Saturday.
  • Hours: Friday: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Details are subject to change at any time – always call ahead! 

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Broken Oar
BROKEN OAR MARINA-BAR & GRILL, Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington, IL, United States
Crystal Lake Brewing
Crystal Lake Brewing, North Main Street, Crystal Lake, IL, United States
Cafe 20
Cafe 20, East Grant Highway, Marengo, IL, United States
Johnsburg Community Club
Johnsburg Community Club, West Church Street, Johnsburg, IL, United States
11129 Route 176, Crystal Lake, IL, United States

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