Oktoberfest Tulsa

In the heartland of Oklahoma, a unique festival comes to life every autumn, radiating the charm and merriment of Bavarian culture. Oktoberfest Tulsa, modeled on Oktoberfest Munich in Germany, offers an authentic celebration right in Tulsa's backyard.

This vibrant event is brimming with international and local German bands, mouthwatering Bavarian delicacies, fascinating arts and crafts, fun-filled games, and a plethora of activities for the entire family. All of this takes place at the River West Festival Park, spread across an expansive 140,000 square feet, covered by bustling tents and stages. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide to this event, its traditions, and what attendees can expect.

Pre-Fest events and the start of German week in Tulsa

Oktoberfest Tulsa has a tradition of starting with a pre-fest celebration to mark the beginning of the German week. This joyous occasion is initiated with an exclusive German Dinner in the Lufthansa Technik Biergarten, an event known as the “Biermeister's Ball”, followed by the much-celebrated “Gemütlichkeit” on Wednesday evening. 

The official festival commences on Thursday with a friends and family night, and the merriment continues throughout the weekend, concluding with the fun-filled “Früstück Auf Dem Oktoberfest” and the entertaining “Dachshund Dash”.

Culinary delights at Oktoberfest Tulsa

At Oktoberfest Tulsa, gastronomical wonders are in abundance. With over 200 taps of local and German beers, the festival promises an immersive beer tasting experience. Traditional Bavarian dishes such as bratwurst, wienerschnitzel, Bavarian cheesecake, and strudel are available throughout the festival, providing a taste of Germany in Tulsa. Featured dining experiences are organized at “Der BierGarten Himmeldeck” and “Hofbrauhaus”, offering a full German buffet with special entertainment.

Entertainment and activities

Oktoberfest Tulsa hosts a myriad of entertainment options, which include performances by international and local German bands. The festival also organizes various games and competitions for attendees of all ages. The unique Euro Disco party on Saturday continues late into the night, offering a memorable experience for dance enthusiasts.

The Zeeco family free day

Zeeco generously sponsors a “Family Free Day” on Friday, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, offering free admission for everyone. This provides a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the music and fun activities without any admission charges. General admission commences from 4:00 pm onward, extending the celebrations into the evening.

Sunday's special: “Frühstück Auf Dem Oktoberfest”

Sunday morning at Oktoberfest Tulsa begins with “Frühstück Auf Dem Oktoberfest”, an authentic German breakfast buffet coupled with special beverage options. Performances by “Das ist Lustig” and the “GAST Blaskapelle” in the “Paulaner Bier Stube” add a perfect musical backdrop to this gastronomical delight.

Festival purchases and facilities

To ensure a smooth and convenient shopping experience, credit cards are accepted at all points of sale throughout the festival venue. For those preferring to use cash, specially marked locations and kiosks provide OKT FestCards, which can be used at all points of sale. For arts and crafts purchases, vendors accept both credit cards and cash.

Parking and shuttle service

In order to facilitate easy access to the festival, upgraded “SCHNELLE FAHRT” (Fast Ride) shuttles service several areas, including Downtown Hotels, the Blue Dome District, Oklahoma State University Greenwood, the Marriott Southern Hills, and the Promenade Mall. These shuttles operate an hour before and after event hours, ensuring that attendees can conveniently reach the venue and return to their destinations.

Celebrating German and craft beer & Bavarian cuisine

A pivotal part of Oktoberfest is, of course, the beer, and Oktoberfest Tulsa does not disappoint in this regard. The event boasts a selection of over 200 taps of German and locally brewed beers for patrons to sample, offering a blend of traditional and modern flavors. Additionally, a vast array of food vendors spread across the venue present authentic German cuisine along with American classics, ensuring there's something to cater to every palate.

Special features: VIP experiences and commemorative souvenirs

Oktoberfest Tulsa does not merely provide a celebration; it offers experiences. Attendees have the option to elevate their Oktoberfest journey by availing themselves of VIP experiences, which include exclusive access to private sections and concession stands. Not only does this enhance the event, but VIP pass holders also receive Oktoberfest Beer Stein and T-shirt souvenirs to commemorate their visit.

The Tulsa touch: an Oktoberfest unlike any other

Named a “Top Five Oktoberfest” by USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, and Orbitz, Oktoberfest Tulsa is much more than a local festival; it's a globally recognized event. With its blend of authentic Bavarian culture and local Oklahoma charm, it provides an experience that attendees won't soon forget.

Despite its broad recognition and appeal, Oktoberfest Tulsa still retains its local flavor, a tribute to Tulsa's vibrant and welcoming community. Through a combination of authentic German traditions and the unique ambiance of the Oklahoma heartland, Oktoberfest Tulsa becomes a distinct and memorable celebration that truly stands apart. More Info Here


Oktoberfest Tulsa is a testament to how global culture can be beautifully represented and celebrated in local settings. From pre-fest events like the “BierMeister's Ball” and “Gemütlichkeit” to a broad array of games, competitions, and performances, this festival brings the best of Bavarian culture to the heart of Oklahoma. So, whether you're a local resident or a visitor, Oktoberfest Tulsa is an experience worth adding to your calendar. Prost!


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