Oktoberfest: 3rd Saturday in October

A growing favorite in the community, the 9th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest will fill the town square with fall fun Saturday, October 18th from 9am-5pm in Veterans and Pocket Parks. Walk around the downtown square to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, home party consultants and more.

Head over to the north parking lot of the government center to see some beautiful classic cars during our 5th Oktoberfest Car Show. The kids will have plenty to keep them occupied with games, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, slides and more.

Hungry? Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or chili cook-off. There’s even a little something for the adults too when they step inside Pocket Park for the Wine & Beer Tasting tent.  Enjoy all the different live entertainment acts from local groups like Toe to Toe Ballet, the Walworth County Cloggers, and music from live bands.

By closing a block of Wisconsin Street we allow for a large main stage hosting live bands and more food vendors. Think we can top ourselves this year? You'll just have to come and see for yourself! Bring the family and join us for our biggest event of the year!

Wine & Beer Tasting Tent: 11am - 5pm

Step inside Pocket Park for a taste of German beer and wine as well as some seasonal favorites. For $10 receive six tastings and a commemorative Elkhorn Oktoberfest glass. Additional tastings are $1 each and to purchase the Oktoberfest glass only is $5. Must be 21 or over.


Chili Cook-Off: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Enter your own famous chili recipe or bring your friends and sample some of the best tasting chili in the area.  This will be the “hottest” event of the fall season.  The competition is in conjunction with the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center’s Oktoberfest featuring crafts, beer and wine tasting, live music, classic car show, activities for children, and more. Attendees can taste all the participating chilis for $5.

Chili Cook Off Rules:

  1. Entry form must be turned in by October 13th to the Elkhorn Chamber office; no walk-ins accepted.

  2. Contestants must bring at least 8 quarts of warmed chili (no pasta) in a Nesco or large crock pot (electricity will be provided).

  3. Chili must be delivered to the event at the downtown square by 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 18th.

  4. Must provide a server for your chili.

  5. Regardless if chili runs out, contestants must stay until contest winners are announced (approximately 2 p.m.)

  6. Contestants can sample other entries at no charge.


Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the People’s Choice Contest.

1st Place - $200          2nd Place - $100          3rd Place - $50


Car Show: 11am - 3pm

A popular addition to Oktoberfest the past few years has been the Car Show in the government center parking lot off Court Street. Close to 100 cars strut their wheels for all to see. Space is limited with spots available on a first come first served basis with dash plaques to the first 75 cars. There is no entry fee, however participants are encouraged to bring 5 non-perishable food items or a $5 donation for the Elkhorn Food Pantry. Spectators can cast their vote for the Peoples Choice Award. Rain or shine event.



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