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La Crosse Oktoberfest runs Thursday, September 29th-October 2nd.

You must have an Oktoberfest 2016 button for admission to the grounds. Buttons are $10 in advance and $15 starting Thursday, September 29th.

Featured events:

Thursday, September 29th

  • Lederhosen Luncheon: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the South Side Festgrounds
  • Torchlight Parade: 7 - 9 p.m. The parade begins at Kane and Gillette Streets, heads west on Gillette to Caledonia Street and then South to St. James Street.

Friday, September 30th

  • Oktoberfest Opening Ceremonies: 11 a.m. at the South Side Festgrounds in La Crosse.
  • Festmaster's Ball: 5 p.m. at the La Crosse Center South Hall

Saturday, October 1st

  • YMCA Maple Leaf Walk/Run: 7 - 10 a.m. begins and ends in Riverside Park. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA's Annual Campaign.
  • Maple Leaf Parade: 10 - 1:30 p.m. The parade begins at the corner of Clinton and Rose Streets. It heads south on Rose, continuing on to the Causeway, then bearing right just past the La Crosse River Bridge and down past the South Side Grounds. The parade continues south on 2nd Street, concluding at Jay Street. Oktobefest leaders said you should expect the parade to take three hours to pass any given point along the route.

Sunday, October 2nd

  • Family Day: North Side Festgrounds. No button requirement or beer sales will be held on the North Side grounds on Sunday. Events will begin at 9:30 A.M.

For a complete schedule of events, visit Oktoberfest's website,

Below you'll find recent videos and articles of our coverage of Oktoberfest.

Eye Piece: Echoes of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Royal Family stops at Northside Elementary

Oktoberfest 2016 Royal Family


This year's Oktoberfest may be over, but the Royal Family is continuing to spread the festing spirit this week.

Annual Ladies Day Luncheon keeps la Crosse festivities going

Oktoberfest 2016 Buttons


Our community is still celebrating Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest calmer this year according to police numbers

Another Oktoberfest is in the books and the festivities were a little more calm compared to previous years.

Oktoberfest 2016 a little less disruptive than previous years

La Crosse Police Department


Another Oktoberfest is in the books, and the fest-goers were fairly well behaved compared to previous years.

Four-legged friends strut their stuff in Oktoberfest fashion show

Viener Vogue Oktoberfest


The first-ever 'Viener Vogue' event puts dogs wearing dirndls on the runway.

Chefs get creative with first-ever 'Okto-brat-fest' contest

Oktoberfest Oktobratfest


It wouldn't be Oktoberfest weekend without a few brats.

La Crosse welcomes sister city from France for Oktoberfest

image; sister city visit

La Crosse city officials are hosting a delegation from Epinal, France this weekend to show them what Oktoberfest is all about.

Oktoberfest announces 2016 Festmaster

Festmaster Joe Kruse


Joe and Barb Kruse are named 2016 Oktoberfest Festmaster and Frau at Friday's Festmaster's Ball.

'Slicing of the Golden Bratwurst' sees largest sausage yet

Slicing of the Golden Bratwurst


The sixth annual 'Slicing of the Golden Bratwurst' kicked off the day's Oktoberfest events this morning.

Weekend kicks –off with Oktoberfest Tapping of the Golden Keg

Tapping of the Golden Keg


Festivities at the Southside fest grounds got underway Friday with the arrival of the golden keg.