10 Things To Do in New Ulm for Oktoberfest

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photo courtesy of New Ulm CVB

We in Minnesota have a rich German heritage.  While it may not be the same depth of heritage as in Wisconsin, many Minnesotans have a proud ancestry. If you want to have a fun German experience in the fall with your family, you don’t need to go any further than New Ulm, Minnesota.

New Ulm’s Oktoberfest

October 7-9 and 14-16



This post is sponsored by Aldi.

Aldi is opening a brand new store in New Ulm on October 20.  
Make sure you check it out on 2101 North Highland Ave.



photo courtesy of New Ulm CVB

Free Fun During Oktoberfest 

  1. Germanic-American Day Parade • Saturday, October 8 • 11 a.m. • Downtown New Ulm
  2. Historic Downtown Festival • Saturday, October 8 and 15 • Includes Horse-drawn Trolley Rides, 45-foot Musical Glockenspiel, Food Vendors, Gnome Dancing
  3. Riverside History and Nature Learning Center • Hands-on displays and fun for all ages.


photo courtesy of New Ulm CVB

Oktoberfest Fun for a Small Fee (possibly)

  1. John Lind House • $3/person
  2.  Wanda Gag House • $3/person
  3. Hermann Monument • $2.75/person, children 5 and under free with a paying adult
  4. Brown County Historical Museum • $5/person, students and children are free • Make sure to check out the historic Popcorn Wagon.
  5. Schell’s Brewery and visit their Gift Haus • $3/person, ID is required for tasting. Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  6. New Ulm Harkin Store • $4-$6/person
  7. Minnesota Music Hall of Fame • $5/person

Taste of Oktoberfest Without Leaving Your Own Home
If you can’t make it to New Ulm this fall, you can still enjoy Oktoberfest taste.  Aldi has some yummy recipes on their website to indulge your tastebuds in an at-home celebration.

• German Style Grilled Cheese • Grandma Schmidt’s Coffee Cake • 


photos courtesy of Aldi


photo courtesy of New Ulm CVB

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids–Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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