Oktoberfest 2019

September 27-29, 2019

Put on your lederhosen and join us in downtown Hannibal for a weekend of German-themed fun at the 2019 Oktoberfest! Stroll through Historic Main Street and enjoy traditional German beer and food, live performances from Polka bands, Hannibal’s Largest Ever Chicken Dance, local musicians, games, brewery tours, demonstrations, photo booths, and more!

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Friday, September, 27th:

Saturday, September 28th:

Sunday, September 29th:

Festival Hours:

  • Friday, September 27th: 5-9pm

  • Saturday, September 28th: 11am-8pm

  • Sunday, September 29th: 11am-4pm

Oktoberfest Hannibal, MO The Music

‘Apolkalypse Wow’ Polkacore Band

  • Friday, September 27th from 6-9pm

  • Saturday, September 28th from 1-5pm

  • Hill Street Stage

    Celebrate Oktoberfest in Historic Downtown Hannibal with a free concert by Alpokalypse Wow a Kansas City based 3-piece party band that rocks Cleveland-style polka with a range of polka standards, covers, and original tunes. Whether they’re polk-a-ing your favorite songs or punk-a-ing your favorite polkas, everyone’s sure to have a good time!

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Live Local Musicians

  • Saturday, September 28th from 2-9pm

  • Finn’s Patio

    Everyone is welcome to this FREE outside concert on the patio of Finn’s Food & Spirits in Hannibal. Tips and donations will be accepted and a few raffles will happen throughout the day. All proceeds will benefit The Child Center, Inc. Music by: Mike Moore, Eric Mckay, Secondhand Bliss, Tim Hart, and Seth Wade.


Erik McKay Trio

  • Sunday, September 29th from 1-4pm

  • Finn’s Patio

    Enjoy a Sunday Fun Day on Finn’s Patio with Live Music, drinks, and of course, Oktoberfest!

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Polka DJ Late-Night Party

  • Saturday, September 28th starting at 9pm-?

  • Mark Twain Brewing Co.

    Continue the party with the Polka DJ at Hannibal’s own brewery, Mark Twain Brewing Co. Enjoy their selection of beers from the beer garten and polka the night away!

Heidelberg German Band

  • Sunday, September 29th from 1-4p

  • Hill Street Stage

Free performance from The Heidelberg German Band from Quincy, IL on Sunday, September 29th, from 1-4pm. The band performs music in the tradition of the German Bier Hall playing Polkas, Waltzes and Big Band music from the 1920's to 1980's pop music. The band has been together since 1969 and performs throughout the Midwest.

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Steppin’ Back

  • Saturday, September 28th from 6-9pm

  • Hill Street Stage

    Free Concert on the Hill Street Stage by local favorites Steppin’ Back! Unwind from a day of polka-ing away and come listen to your favorite hits from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening in downtown Hannibal!

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Ned Behrensmeyer, Pianist

  • Saturday, September 29th from 11a-1p

  • Java Jive Sidewalk

    Ned Behrensmeyer, a local pianist, will perform on the sidewalk of Java Jive. Pop in and enjoy a butter beer from Java Jive, a gingerbread heart cookie, and festive Oktoberfest fun from your local, friendly Java Jive!

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Beer Tokens at the Oktoberfest Headquarters

  • What: Tokens are available for purchase at the Main Street Beer Tent by the Hill Street Stage. Tokens can be accepted at the Oktoberfest Bier Tent and other downtown locations.

  • Where: Beer Tent at Hill & Main near the Hill Street Stage

  • Cost: 5 for $20. 1 for $5.

  • When: 9/27 from 5-9pm. 9/28 from 11-9pm. 9/29 from 11-4pm.


The Official Oktoberfest Tent

  • Where: Beer Tent at Hill & Main near the Hill Street Stage

  • Cost: One Token for One Beer

  • When: 9/27 from 5-9pm. 9/28 from 11-9pm. 9/29 from 11-4pm.


Mark Twain Brewing Co. Beer Garten & Tent

Visit Hannibal’s own brewery, Mark Twain Brewing Co. for free brewery tours on the hour, corn hole tournament, brat eating competition, and more!

  • The Beers: Doppelbock, Pilsner, Kolsch, Red, IPA, and Paspport to Russia

  • Where: 422 N. Main St.

  • Cost: One Token for One Beer (two for Passport to Russia)

  • When: 9/27 from 5-9pm. 9/28 from 11-12am. 9/29 from 11-10pm.


Other Locations Accepting Tokens:

  • Finn’s Food & Spirits

  • Badger Cheese Haus

  • Main Street Wine Stoppe

  • Ole Planters

  • Java Jive (non-alcoholic)

  • Mark Twain Dinette (non-alcoholic)

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Hannibal Area Homebrewers Association Beer Tasting

  • Saturday, September 28th from 2pm-4pm

Hannibal Area Homebrewers Association will be serving samples of German style homebrewed beers as part of the 2019 Hannibal Oktoberfest. Join us Saturday afternoon to get a taste of some German styles you might not run across every day. There may be a home vinted German wine or two as well!

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Beer Brewing Demonstration

  • Saturday, September 28th from 12-5pm

  • Mark Twain Brewing Co. Garten

Want to learn how home brews are made? Join the local Mark Twain Brewing Co brewers and Hannibal Home Brewers for live demonstrations all in the Mark Twain Brewing Co Beer Garten. Demonstrations are free to the public.

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Free Brewery Tours

  • Friday, September 27th, from 5-9pm

  • Saturday, September 28th from 11am-9pm

  • Mark Twain Brewing Co.

Want to see how beer and where the beer in Hannibal, MO is made? The Mark Twain Brewery will be offering free tours on site through their facilities. Tours will be offered on the hour, every hour. Please contact the Mark Twain Brewing Co for more details.

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German Steinholding Competition

  • Saturday, September 27th from 11:30am-8:30pm

  • Finals: Sunday, September 28th at 2pm

  • Beer Tent and Trailer at Main and Hill

    Raise a glass and celebrate Oktoberfest in Historic Downtown Hannibal! Steinholding, or Masskrugstemmen, is a Bavarian test of strength and endurance where contestants hold a 1-liter stein of beer (which weighs about 5 pounds) out in front of them at shoulder level for as long as they can.

    Sounds simple enough.. but you must maintain good form! No beer spilled. No bendy elbows. And extended arms must be kept parallel to the ground. The winner is the person who can keep their stein aloft the longest.

    Steinholding competitions will be held every hour from 11:30-8:30 on Saturday on Main Street behind the Hill Street Stage. All Saturday winners will be invited back for Steinholding Finals on Sunday at 2pm. $5 contest entry. Winner of each round gets a free beer. All proceeds to benefit Access to Healing and Wellness.

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Brat Eating Competition

  • Saturday, September 28th from 5pm

  • Hill Street Stage.

Brats das good ya?! Show off your weapons of mass consumption on Historic Main Street as Oktoberfest fans cheer you on - prost!. There can only be one Brat Meister— do you have what it takes?

Limited to 20 contestants! First come, first serve. Register now at www.HistoricHannibalMO.com/oktoberfest-brats

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Arty Party: Fall Splatter Tree

  • Friday, September 27th at 7pm

  • Hannibal Arts Council

Explore the arts in a whole new way with an art experience with no art experience required. The Fall platter Tree Arty Party will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27 at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St. Participants will use Fall color combinations of their choice to create a decorative “splatter” painting of a tree on a rectangular canvas. All supplies included. The project will be led by local artist and HAC Program Coordinator Brenda Beck Fisher.

Due to limited space, pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Tickets are $25 per person. Purchase tickets here on Eventbrite, call the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545 or stop by 105 S. Main St.

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Beer Balancing Game

  • Saturday, September 28th from 11am-4pm

  • Next to the Official Oktoberfest Beer Tent and Hill Street Stage

The Hannibal Jaycees are coming to Hannibal Oktoberfest 2019. Compete against your friends for the chance to win koozies, Jaycees Haunted House tickets, Monster Mash tickets, and more! The game is simple. Balance your beer on the board while using pulleys to lift upwards and drink. The first person to finish without spilling wins! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to the fastest times of the day.

Family Rootbier Garten

  • Saturday, September 28th from 11am-4pm

  • Saturday, September 29th from 11am-4pm

  • Mark Twain Dinette Parking Lot and Patio

    Bring the kids to Oktoberfest for some German family fun! Children will enjoy petting zoo and pony rides. Visit our face painter to have cultural designs. Free entertainment will include authentic German games and yard games, music, a kids craft zone, Rootbier Stein hoist, and more. And of course, the Mark Twain Dinette's famous root beer will be available for purchase as well as pretzels, schnitzel, brats, German potato salad, and other special German menu items

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Big Dirt Dig and Pumpkin Hunt

  • Saturday, September 28th from 9am-11am

  • Admiral Coontz Armory Parking Lot

    The Big Dirt Dig and Pumpkin Hunt is sponsored by Hannibal Parks & Recreation, Hannibal Street Department and Parents as Teachers. Participants are encouraged to bring shovels, buckets, trucks and digging toys.
    This free event for children is in conjunction with Hannibal's Oktoberfest.

Fake Frankfurter Dog Races

  • Saturday, September 28th from 11am-12:30pm

  • Between North Street and Hill Street on North Main Street.

    👉THE “SCOOP”
    An excuse for adults (and dogs of all breeds) to make wiener jokes!” 🐾 Keep it clean, mammals! Each pup of any breed (big, small ,short or tall), OUTFITTED IN A HOT DOG COSTUME, will run approximately 75 feet in heats of 10 (according to weight class) to their owner at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning “wiener dog”.

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Guns & Hoses Tug of War

  • Sunday, September 29th from 2-4pm

  • Hill and Main Street

Watch as Hannibal's finest first responders from police, firefights, sheriff's and EMT's compete for buckets of glory in Hannibal's First Guns & Hoses Tug of War. The contest is free to watch!

After the Guns N' Hoses Contest, public teams are invited to participated in a bracket style tournament. Participation is free. Sign up

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Free Cornhole Tournament

  • Saturday, September 28th from 1-4pm

  • Mark Twain Brewing Co.

Free Cornhole Tournament by the Mark Twain Brewing Co. Winning team would receive a MTBC Gift card and a case of beer.

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