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Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381



North Alabama’s Popular German Celebration Hits Downtown Cullman Sept. 28-30

Decatur, Ala. (August 10, 2023)  – For over three decades, the town of Cullman comes together to celebrate its German beginnings with a family-friendly festival offering all things German. Cullman Oktoberfest, one of North Alabama’s largest and most anticipated events, will take place in downtown Cullman September 28-30, 2023, and during the three-day festival, the entire Cullman community rolls out the welcome mat and invites everyone to enjoy a multitude of fun activities, including a biergarten, an arts and crafts show, live German music, kids’ activities, a bratwurst eating contest and more.

Oktoberfest gets underway at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 when the biergarten opens and a parade takes to the streets at 6 p.m. The parade, filled with Bavarian jugglers and a variety of talented entertainers donning German costumes and playing German instruments, will be led by a new beer wagon pulled by a team of Clydesdales. Official opening ceremonies and tapping of the keg immediately follow the parade and throughout the evening there will be live music, costume contests for adults and children, crowning of Miss Oktoberfest, brat eating and stein hoisting contests and candlelight walking tours. High energy dueling pianos will deliver a dynamic live music experience beginning at 9 p.m. in the Biergarten.

Festivities for Friday, Sept. 29 get underway at 10 a.m. and include street entertainment, music, brat eating and stein hoisting contests, costume contests for adults and children, German food vendors and craft vendors. Dueling pianos return at 9 p.m. in the Biergarten.

Family-friendly fun resumes Saturday morning, Sept. 30 beginning at 10 a.m. when the arts and crafts show and children’s area open. Additional activities lined up for the day include wiener dog races, live music, pet costume contest and parade, stein hoisting contest, costume contests for kids and adults and a brat eating contest and there will be a biergarten and food vendors featuring tasty German food. Dueling pianos take to the stage at 9 p.m. in the Biergarten.

Oktoberfest activities will take place in the warehouse district along First Avenue. Additional activities are planned in the community leading up to the event. For more information, including a daily schedule of events, visit online at, or call (256) 734-9157.


About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the $4.3 billion North Alabama travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, golf courses, restaurants, accommodations and vendors. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381, by visiting and by following us on social media @VisitNorthAL.