International Oktoberfest!

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October 11-12

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International Oktoberfest!

Columbus Day Weekend: October 11-12, 2014

Event Hours
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

General Admission, No Reserved Seating, Re-Entry is Allowed



$17 Advance | $20 Day Of
Kids 11 and under are FREE with an adult ticketholder


$30 Advance | $40 Day Of
Kids require a separate ticket:
Saturday: $12 | Sunday: Free

PROST PASS – Saturday Only

$85 Advance & Day Of
Kids require an adult ticket
See ‘Things To Do’ for details

Oktoberfest on the Newport waterfront—our official sendoff to summer, and salute to the arrival of autumn.  Join us for our annual reunion of friends and family enjoying the tastes, sights, and sounds of our little Bavaria by the Bay.  Seasonal brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sound of music spilling from the Biergartens.  This year, there will be two Biergartens and expanded outdoor courtyard space for endless amounts of festivities. Prost!

Planning Notice for Guests:
Saturday of Oktoberfest
 is traditionally more congested, and has an active, college/”beer fest” vibe.  Families with younger children and strollers, and Senior patrons, should seriously consider attending on Sunday.

Sunday of Oktoberfestt is traditionally less congested and easier to navigate. Families with younger children and strollers, and Senior patrons may find Sunday a more enjoyable experience.



The Prost! Pass

Prost! at the Point at the International Oktoberfest! This exclusive ticket grants you all-day and night admission to the International Oktoberfest, access to the open-air Prost Private Lounge with private restrooms, cocktail service, easy access to The Point bar, a flight sampling of 4 Oktoberfest brews, the official Oktoberfest mug, and a bratwurst from the Brat Bar for an authentic German treat with all the fixings. Everything you need to enjoy the Oktoberfest is available with the Prost Pass. All children require an adult ticket.  Tickets are $85 and quantities are VERY limited. Click here to purchase tickets.

Tapping of the Keg!

Join us Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm in the Biergarten Tent for our traditional tale of the origins of Oktoberfest dating back to 1810 in old Bavaria. A special guest Burgermeister will officially get the beer flowing for the weekend, with the symbolic tapping of the first keg.  Prost!

Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Event  

Think you can hoist a full liter stein longer than anyone else? The Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Competition returns to the International Oktoberfest! on Saturday, October 11th! We log everyone’s time to see how each person stacks up against your fellow beer lovers across the country. Thanks to Samuel Adams, the man and woman with the longest hoist time will be eligible to travel to Germany next year to celebrate.



Never schuhplattle on an empty stomach; fuel up with authentic savory Austro-German cuisine from Schnitzels & Giggles, local  favorites from Julian’s OmniBus, fresh baked pretzels, spiral potatoes and much more- all vendors to be announced soon!


Check out some of the brews that will be on tap at the 2014 Oktoberfest!

  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider
  • Blue Moon Belgian White
  • Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin
  • Harpoon Cider
  • Harpoon IPA
  • Harpoon Octoberfest
  • Harpoon UFO Pumpkin
  • Heineken
  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
  • Magic Hat #9
  • Magic Hat Circus Boy
  • Magic Hat Dream Machine
  • Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy
  • Leinenkugel Oktoberfest
  • Newcastle
  • Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale
  • Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry
  • Newport Storm India Point Ale
  • Newport Storm R.I.Pumpkin
  • Sam Adams Octoberfest
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • Sam Adams Jack-O Traveler Pumpkin Shandy
  • Shipyard Export
  • Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA
  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
  • Shipyard Sea Dog Blue Paw Blueberry Wheat Ale
  • Strongbow

Be sure to check back for more brews!


Check back for updates for the announcement of additional acts and the full 2-day schedule coming soon!

Returning will be 2 of your all-time Oktoberfest favorites:

  • Spitze! is a German-American dance show band that features both modern and traditional Alpine sounds of Europe, and a tip of their hats to American party favorites.
  • die Schlauberger has been performing for over two decades proclaiming their audience to “expect the unexpected.” dSb is musical proof that entertainers can please just about everyone using their powerhouse of musical expertise.


We hope you have a festive time at this event.  Following are some Oktoberefest guidelines to allow you and all our guests to enjoy yourselves safely and responsibly:

  •  You will be asked to show an ID if you plan to consume alcohol at the event—please arrive prepared. You must have a current and valid Driver’s License or Other Government Issued form of I.D. that verifies you meet the legal drinking age of 21.
  • Any individuals caught supplying alcohol to guests under the legal drinking age will be removed from site and face possible charges from local authorities.
  • Please drink responsibly. If you or a friend has had too much fun we encourage you to seek alternate transportation. Cabs are available in the downtown area. Please ask a staff member for assistance if needed.


Planning Notice for Guests:
Saturday of Oktoberfest is traditionally more congested, and has an active, college/”beer fest” vibe.  Families with younger children and strollers, and Senior patrons, should seriously consider attending on Sunday.

Sunday of Oktoberfest is traditionally less congested and easier to navigate. Families with younger children and strollers, and Senior patrons may find Sunday a more enjoyable experience.


Transportation Options:

Taxis and Driver Services

Water Shuttle Service



Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Beware of “driving under the influence” laws and plan accordingly. Newport Police officers will be on site, and in town around the venue.
  • We reserve the right at our discretion, to remove any individuals for inappropriate behavior including, but not limited to, intoxication, intimidation, and fighting. You will be escorted out of the event and not allowed back in! Private Security and police officers will have zero tolerance.
  • You must be properly attired. Footwear and shirts required.
  • We reserve the right to check all bags as deemed necessary.
  • Absolutely no outside food or beverages allowed through the gates into event. Food and beverage concessions, including water and soft-drinks, are available onsite.
  • Outside glassware is allowed. It must be empty when you enter and when you depart the site. Bartenders will not pour into your personal glassware.

Q: How do I get my tickets?

A: It’s easy! The fastest way to get your tickets is to order online and print them right at home. To order by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. Or, you can walk right up to the box office and bring your tickets home that day. Click here for box office hours, locations, and complete details on purchasing tickets.

Q: Can I bring my own chair?

A: No need to lug a chair around because the venue has multiple seating areas for guests.

Q: If it rains, does the event go on?

A: Of course, all events at the Newport Yachting Center are rain or shine! Umbrellas are always welcome and the main performance stage is under a large tent.

Q: What is the Newport Yachting Center’s physical address for my GPS?

A: Just plug in: 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840.

Q: Where can we park in Newport?

A: There are many convenient parking lots within walking distance to our venue:

  • The Gateway Visitor’s Center on America’s Cup Avenue located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue just before the Newport Marriott offers ample parking and a scenic walk through downtown Newport.
  • 1 Sayers Wharf on America’s Cup Avenue in The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar lot
  • 366 Thames Street lot (next to Island Pursuit)
  • Perry Mill Wharf, just off America’s Cup Avenue and Lower Thames Street, take a hard right at Midtown Oyster Bar

Click here to view our parking map. For handicapped parking, please contact our parking operations department at (401) 846-1600 extension 220 for details.