Ludington's Annual Octoberfest

September 28 & 29, 2018

Ludington's Oktoberfest

Visit downtown Ludington and enjoy music and family activities in an outdoor setting, to celebrate one of the last hurrahs of the season!

Here's what happened in 2017:

Bell's Pub Crawl begins the activities Friday night at 5pm at Timbers Bar & Grille where you receive your map. Bars serving Bell's has game activities for you to complete to receive a stamp on your map. 12 business are participating in the Pub Crawl, which ends at The Mitten at 8pm. Drawing for prizes is at 8:30pm and you must be present to win. The cost to enter is $5.

Saturday from noon-2pm (or until chili is gone), satisfy your hunger with delicious chili. Walkers can sample the different varieties at over two dozen locations and vote for their favorites.

Music will be held under a large, heated tent at James Street Plaza from 2-8pm. Admission is just $5 with kids 12 and under free and includes five lawn game tickets. Participate in corn hole, ladder ball, giant bowling and more. Marek Music Makers perform at 2pm, Cory Fischer at 3:30 and don't miss the Chardon Polka Band at 5pm. Bell's beer and wine from Love Wines will be available for purchase.

The Jaycee's kids area will have pumpkin decorating, crafts, magician Joe Rotio at 3pm and free refreshments.

The Q Smokehouse is serving up delicious German-style food. Choose from smoked bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard...or apple cider smoked pork loin sandwich with apple horseradish slaw. Sides include warm German style potato salad, Spaetzle with bacon roasted brussel sprouts, soft pretzel with smoked beer cheese or scratch made mustard, and Cheddar Beer Soup.

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Looking for more Octoberfest activities? Check out Oktoberfest in Pentwater!

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
Last Updated: 11-10-2017 11:13 AM ID: 103