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Frequently Asked Questions

2023 Milwaukee Oktoberfest

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the 2023 Milwaukee Oktoberfest happening?

Yes, at the war memorial at Milwaukee's lakefront

How much does the event cost?

The event is free. There are VIP packages available in advance for $45.

Does the event support a local charity?

Yes the event supports the war memorial and local veterans

Do I need a ticket?

No, the festival is free. However if you choose to consume alcohol, There will be a $5 wristband, which proceeds go to the War Memorial.

Can I bring my own stein?

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest if you couldn’t! Please make sure they are cleaned and sanitized upon arrival.

Are any carry-in’s allowed?

No food or alcohol carry-in's are allowed on to the War Memorial Grounds. You may bring your own stein.

What events will be happening?

Miss Oktoberfest, stein hoisting, wiener dog beauty pageant & more!

Will there be food?

Yes - the finest German food provided by Kegels Inn.

Will there be live music?

Yes we will have live music the entire weekend long by some great German bands.

Where do I park?

There is parking off of Lincoln memorial drive at the war memorial otherwise museum center parking garage (formerly the O'Donnell parking structure) and art museum structures are located right next door.

What COVID rules do we need to follow?

The event is entirely outside and we do not have a mask mandate. Please bring a mask if you plan on going inside the war memorial center. Social distancing while polka dancing is encouraged.

Did Kegels and Swarmm partner on the event?

Yes! We are excited to be working together to bring downtown Milwaukee its biggest Oktoberfest yet!

Is there a designated UBER | LYFT | TAXI pickup point?

Yes, if you walk out onto the Mason Street bridge, the pick up point is right next to the Abraham Lincoln Statue.

What kinds of security measures will be taken?

Security guards will be located on site 24-7. All bags are subject to inspection before entering the War Memorial Center. No backpacks or bags larger than 10x10x15 . Any illegal items, or weapons (knives, firearms, objects that could be used as weapons), etc., confiscated by security, will be handed over to local authorities.

I heard this is a fundraiser, where does the money go?

It is not widely known, but The War Memorial Center is a free public space for all of the cities residents to visit and enjoy. While being a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, and not controlled by the county, the memorial relies upon community support for its programs and services for veterans. Covid-19 cancelled many events at the center, and like many other venues, has drastically cut revenue. Please consider a larger donation to help support their mission: "Honor the Dead, Serve the Living" .