Celebrate Dubuque’s German Heritage at Oktoberfest

by Teri Link

Oktoberfest began as a celebration of a royal marriage in Munich, and has endured ever since as the most loved celebration of the German people. It’s the single biggest folk festival in the world, and the most popular. More than six million visitors consume more than 7 million liters of beer and the festivities last for several weeks. Dubuque’s version may not be as big of a gathering, but it’s certainly a well-loved and greatly anticipated annual event. This year Oktoberfest will take place on Sunday, September 17th at the Q Casino’s Back Waters Stage. Although Dubuque’s Oktoberfest has always been held on Saturday, this year the event will take place on Sunday due to the Back Waters Stage scheduling.

Why in September and not October? There are two reasons for this. This is the same day that Oktoberfest begins in Munich, Germany, and also the weather in Iowa is much more predictable and nicer in September. Not only will you find good beer, interesting costumes, and great music but also dance troupes, contests for people and pets, and fun activities for the entire family.

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