Raise Your Stein and Head Out to These Oktoberfests in the D

By: Scott Davis | September 14, 2020

Photo Courtesy of River's Edge Brewing Co.

Although Oktoberfest is celebrated annually in Germany, an estimated six million people around the world partake in the partying. The nearly three-week party runs through the majority of September and ends on the first Sunday of October. 

As with a lot of events in 2020, Oktoberfests are going to look a little different this year. Those that are still hosting Oktoberfest are doing so by practicing social distancing and adhering to the Governor’s orders. Here are some local Oktoberfest events taking place throughout September and what you need to know before you raise that stein. 

Masktober Fest (9/18)

As hinted in the name, The Batch Brewing Company’s annual Oktoberfest will be a little different this year. The Masktober Fest will take place on Friday, September 18 and still have everything you’d expect – German food, plenty of brews and music throughout the day. The event is completely outdoors and masks are required when not seated. More safety protocols and information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

River’s Edge Oktoberfest (9/26)

An outdoor beer tent, live music and several German-style beers on tap await you at River’s Edge Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 26. Authentic German food from Deutschtroit and German party music from Good Times Band will help entertain guests throughout the day. River’s Edge has plenty of fun events so be sure to check out their Facebook page.

Cosmic Groove at Rochester Mills (9/26)

Featuring live music, great food and, of course, craft beer, Rochester Mills will host Cosmic Groove on Saturday, September 26. The premier show band covers the greatest Motown, blues, funk and rock songs of all time with high energy guaranteed to get you dancing. Reservations are recommended to guarantee a seat and be sure to visit Rochester Mills Beer Co.’s Facebook page for safety protocols.

Boat House Beer Fest (9/26)

You can enjoy more than 100 brews, spirits and cocktails while also helping restore the Belle Isle Boat House at this year’s Boat House Beer Fest on Saturday, September 26. The restoration fundraiser is looking to raise money to help restore parts of the 1902 classic boat house. The event will include live music and plenty of drinks to sample. More information on safety measures can be found on the event’s website.

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.