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By Autumn Rose / GoBankingRates
September 26, 2016
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Oktoberfest 2016 celebrations are right around the corner. Although it can cost thousands of dollars to attend the original German beer festival, there are plenty of more affordable Oktoberfest events in the U.S.

GoBankingRates compiled a list of 30 Oktoberfest events you can attend for $20 or less. Events are organized in alphabetical order by state. Ticket prices are for the cost of admission for one adult.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Location: Big Bear Lake, Calif.
Dates: Sept. 10 to Oct. 29
Ticket Cost: $6 to $24

A true German celebration, the 2016 Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest will showcase three bands from Germany. Now in its 46th year, this mountain town’s Oktoberfest celebration features brats and knockwursts from a German butcher, along with the same beers poured at the original Munich Oktoberfest. This year’s event will be held each weekend Sept. 10 to Oct. 29.

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Alpine Oktoberfest

Location: Torrance, Calif.
Dates: Sept. 9 to Oct. 29
Ticket Cost: $8 to $10

Home to the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Los Angeles, the Alpine Village Oktoberfest is a showcase of traditional Bavarian fun. The event features bands, traditional German fare and brews.

Helen Oktoberfest

Location: Helen, Ga.
Dates: Sept. 8 to Oct. 30
Ticket Cost: Free to $10

The 46th annual Oktoberfest in Helen offers beers, brats and live bands. Enjoy live entertainment while chowing down on delicious food, or grab a partner and hit the dance floor.

Admission costs $8 Monday through Friday, $10 on Saturday and is free on Sundays.

Frederick’s Oktoberfest

Location: Frederick, Md.
Dates: Sept. 30 to Oct. 2
Ticket Cost: $7 to $35

Get into Frederick’s Oktoberfest for free on Oct. 1 and 2 when you wear an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen. If you don’t feel like dressing up, no problem — tickets are $7 when purchased online, or $10 at the gate. Admission to a VIP kickoff event costs $35 per person.

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New Ulm Oktoberfest

Location: New Ulm, Minn.
Dates: Oct. 7 to Oct. 15
Ticket Cost: Free at the Historic Downtown location

Celebrate Oktoberfest for two weekends at the 35th annual New Ulm Oktoberfest, held at three main locations: Historic Downtown, Best Western Plus and Schell’s Brewery. The festival kicks off with a Germanic-American Day Parade and features food, local beer and wine, plus games, horse-drawn trolley rides, a stein holding contest and more.

Hermann Oktoberfest

Location: Hermann, Mo.
Dates: Sept. 30 to Oct. 30
Ticket Cost: Varies

Held every weekend in October, Hermann’s Oktoberfest takes place all around town. Enjoy venues featuring special Oktoberfest menus, live music, dancing, a petting zoo, corn maze and more.

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas
Dates: Sept. 16 to Oct. 31
Ticket Cost: Free

The Las Vegas Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest features food specials, celebrity keg tappings and more. Reservations to attend are free.

Hunter Mountain’s Oktoberfest

Location: Hunter, N.Y.
Dates: Sept. 24 to Oct. 16
Ticket Cost: Free

Celebrate German culture with this Oktoberfest over four weekends in the northern Catskills. The festival features authentic German and German-American food and entertainment, plus arts and crafts for kids.

Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa

Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Dates: Oct. 20 to Oct. 23
Ticket Cost: Free to $10

Several bands are traveling directly from Germany to perform at the popular Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa. The festival’s Oktoberfest Games Arena will feature relays and competitions for the whole family, including a barrel race and the Dachshund Dash. Stroll through the festival grounds to enjoy a variety of authentic German beers as well as local favorites. Dine on brats, strudel, funnel cakes and more.

Reading Oktoberfest

Location: Reading, Pa.
Dates: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2
Ticket Cost: Free

The Oktoberfest event held by the Reading Liederkranz is ranked among the best in the country by USA Today. Located an hour outside of Philadelphia, this event features traditional German fare and live entertainment. Kids are welcome and will enjoy family-focused activities throughout the five-day event.

Nashville Oktoberfest

Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Dates: Oct. 7 to Oct. 9
Ticket Cost: Free

Voted the best thing to do in Nashville in October, the 37th annual Nashville Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Patrons can enjoy delicious German fare from more than 25 restaurants and vendors, beer from local and German breweries, traditional music, wiener dog races and a 5K.

Oktoberfest Fredericksburg

Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Dates: Sept. 30 to Oct. 2
Ticket Cost: $8

Visit downtown Fredericksburg to take part in the town’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. The festival features German music, food and drinks, plus family-friendly fun and a children’s area.

Wurstfest

Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Dates: Nov. 4 to Nov. 13
Ticket Cost: Free before 7 p.m. on Friday or after 3 p.m. on Sunday

This 10-day festival taking place in New Braunfels is a celebration of German culture and Texas fun. Enjoy food, dancing, music, carnival rides, games and, of course, beer.

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest

Location: Fort Belvoir, Va.
Dates: Sept. 29 to Oct. 2
Ticket Cost: Free

The 20th annual Oktoberfest in Fort Belvoir is free for patrons. The festival showcases authentic German cuisine and beverages, as well as music, dancing, a 10K, carnival and more.

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Oktoberfest Reston

Location: Reston, Va.
Dates: Oct. 8 to Oct. 9
Ticket Cost: Free

Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor fall festival featuring beer and wine will showcase German cuisine from 17 local restaurants. Reston’s Oktoberfest will also feature a carnival, chili cook off and the Great Pumpkin 5K race.

Stowe Oktoberfest

Location: Stowe, Vt.
Dates: Sept. 30 to Oct. 2
Ticket Cost: $10

The Stowe Oktoberfest features fun for the entire family. See the town transformed into a Bavarian village and enjoy authentic Bavarian food along with local Vermont brews. Enjoy live music, dancing, a parade and a bike decorating event.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Location: Leavenworth, Wash.
Dates: Sept. 30 to Oct. 15
Ticket Cost: $10 to $20

The 2016 Leavenworth Oktoberfest is scheduled for three weekends in October. The festival features four venues with live entertainment, German food, beer and arts and crafts. Shuttle transportation is offered from a number of local hotels for a small fee.

Glendale Oktoberfest

Location: Glendale, Wis.
Dates: Sept. 9 to Oct. 1
Ticket Cost: $4 to $5

Located just minutes outside downtown Milwaukee, the Glendale Oktoberfest is held every weekend in September, except Labor Day weekend. Admission is only $5 at the door or $4 in advance. Entertainment includes traditional German brass bands, folk dancing, singing, yodeling, sing-alongs and more.

Oktoberfest USA

Location: La Crosse, Wis.
Dates: Sept. 29 to Oct. 2
Ticket Cost: $10 to $15

Oktoberfest USA hosts numerous themed events taking place in La Crosse. The 56th annual festival features food vendors, a craft beer night, parade, luncheons and more.

This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.

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