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Oktoberfest in the Black Hills

November 09, 2020

Traditional German Food | Live Music | Oktoberfest Celebration

You don’t have to travel to Munich to break out your lederhosen and dirndls, enjoy a hearty stein of beer and join in on one of the world’s largest festivals; there are many unique opportunities to take part in an Oktoberfest celebration right here in the Black Hills! Read on to learn where to go for the best in traditional German food, top local wines and beers and live music that will make you want to get up and dance during your stay in Rapid City.

Oktoberfest Express

On September 29th, you can enjoy a scenic steam train ride on Hill City’s 1880 Train with the added bonus of yummy German food, seasonal beer and live polka music! During the trip between Hill City and Keystone, passengers will be served German potato salad and brats, as well as three different types of beers. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and beverages on board, as well as purchase additional drinks that are available for sale on the train. This event is for those 21 and over only, and tickets go fast, so reserve your spot today!

Deadwood Oktoberfest

From Thursday, October 4 to Saturday, October 6, Deadwood will be hosting their yearly Oktoberfest extravaganza that includes a PolkaFest, beer and wine tastings, the annual Tour de Oktoberfest and much, much more. You’ll even get a chance to observe a weiner dog race, which has become one of the festival’s most popular events. There will also be plenty of German fare available, with a brat giveaway on Friday and a cook-off taking place on Saturday. View the event’s itinerary and view photos from past Oktoberfests here.


Visit downtown Rapid City on Saturday, October 6th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the 8th annual Bierbörse, which has become a favorite among local craft beer aficionados. The festival includes two microbrew tents, a beer stock exchange and a stein holding competition that will put your strength to the test. Make sure to brush up on your polka routine, as there will also be live music by the Polkanauts to set the mood. Click here for photos from previous Bierbörses and to read more about this German celebration.

Alpine Inn

You can experience Germany in South Dakota any time of year at Alpine Inn, a local favorite that serves up Deutsch specialties such as schnitzel, bratwurst and spaetzle for lunch. Their streamlined dinner menu consisting of juicy bacon-wrapped filet mignon and kaes spaetzle primavera ensures that you won’t spend hours debating on which menu item to choose, while you’re still provided delectable choices that will leave you wanting more. They also offer an extensive beer and wine menu, as well as a dessert menu that make your mouth water. Visit their website to read their menus, and then head to Hill City to see why this Black Hills restaurant has become a cornerstone in South Dakota dining.

After you get your fill of delicious food, craft beers and German festivities, head back to the comforts of your cozy room at Quality Inn & Suites!

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