Ames Main Street Oktoberfest

Celebrate all things German in Downtown Ames!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

4:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Main Street Station


Join us October 12 at Main Street Station for the 8th annual Downtown Ames Oktoberfest! The event will feature live music, dancing, great German food, Guttentag games, and much more! Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Attendees ages 5-20 are $5 and must be accompanied by parent.


It takes many hands to make events like this a success. Get into Oktoberfest for free by volunteering your time! It is sure to be a great time with beer, brats, live music and other traditional German fare!

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Event Details

This year we are excited to bring you lots of new offerings! Oktoberfest will be held in a NEW LOCATION! Thanks to Main Street Station for giving us access to their parking lot for the day. As part of our Guttentag games, we’re thrilled to bring axe throwing by Ironside Axe Club in West Des Moines. If you plan to participate, PLAN HEAD! Closed toe shoes are required for axe throwing. Finally, we’re excited to bring a bags tournament to Oktoberfest! 32 teams of two players will complete to win the trophy.

Beer and wine will be sold throughout the day. Free beer steins will be offered to the first 1,000 attendees courtesy of Paul Livingston, Hunziker and Associates, Realtors.

Live Music:

Polka Riot

ISU Tubas

SLICE the Celestial Sorcerer

Matt Woods Band

Schedule of Events:

Schedule is subject to change

4:00 pm - Doors Open, Live Music Begins, Bags Tournament Begins

4:30 pm - Tapping of the Golden Key provided by Iowa Brewing Company

7:00 pm - Stein Holding Competition

8:00 pm - Best Dressed Competition

10:00 pm - Event Concludes, but attendees are encouraged to continue the party at any of our Downtown Ames bars/restaurants!


The Traveling Pig Food Truck

Wheatsfield Co-Op

Whiskey River

Interested in being a vendor? Contact us today! sarahd@ameschamber.com, or (515) 233-3472

Guttentag Games

Keg Bowling


Axe Throwing: Closed toe shoes are required for axe throwing

Bags: Separate from the tournament, free for general public

Bags Tournament: Pre-registration is required. Tournament will be limited to 32 two-person teams. Registration is $30/person and includes event admission. CLICK HERE to sign up

Check Back Soon - More Details to Come!


Sponsorship opportunities are still available!

Contact us today to get involved! andrea@ameschamber.com, (515) 233-3472

Beer Tent Sponsor |   Alfred’s Carpet & Decorating

Beer Tent Sponsor | Alfred’s Carpet & Decorating

Stein Sponsor |   Paul Livingston, Hunziker & Associates, Realtors

Stein Sponsor | Paul Livingston, Hunziker & Associates, Realtors

Band Sponsor |   Main Street Station

Band Sponsor | Main Street Station