Date Night: Celebrate Oktoberfest in Central Iowa

September is known for Oktoberfest. There are several celebrations going on in central Iowa. Grab your partner or girlfriends and make it a night out!


Blank Park Zoo

Thursday, September 21

5:30 to 8 p.m. 

Zoo Brew is back with an Oktoberfest twist. Come out and enjoy live music, the best seasonal beers, Oktoberfest-style food, pretzel necklaces and of course a handful of your Zoo animal friends.

Zoo members: Free
Non members: $9

Des Moines Oktoberfest 

Downtown Des Moines 

Friday, September 22 – Saturday, September 23

3 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Held in the heart of the Historic Court District, this will be our best celebration yet! Complete with the Craft Beer Village, Lederhosen Lane, and the Silent Disco Party Plaza. A tickets will be $10/night at the door. Includes commemorative Oktoberfest mug. Bring mug back Saturday for $5 admission! Must be 21 or older to attend.

Ankeny Oktoberfest

Uptown Ankeny 

Saturday, September 23

2 to 10 p.m. 

Ankeny Oktoberfest is coming to get you! First year for this beast of an event. Lots of beer, live music, food trucks, Oktoberfest contests, some super cool prizes to win. Located in AMP Park covered pavilions to keep you cool and cozy. Open to all, families and kids welcome. Don’t want to drive downtown? Hit us up, it’s gonna be so on! Tickets (which include 1 Beer) are $10 before event, $12 day of. First 1000 in the gates get free event mug with ticket.

Adventureland Oktoberfest 


Saturday, September 30 

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Adventureland Park’s third annual Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, September 30th There will be live music, amazing food, games, rides, contests, great German beers and so much more! All attendees must be 21 years of age or older and a valid ID is required when you enter.



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