Lava Hot Springs Idaho Annual Oktoberfest Celebration



Friday, October 3

  • Oktoberfest Kick-off Party at the
    Riverside Hot Springs Inn (3 p.m. - dusk)
  • The kick-off party includes the Famous Riverside "Keg Tapping" Contest—an imaginative musical keg tapping competition for those with a hankering to a tap out a tune on an empty keg. We supply the kegs, tappers supply the drum sticks/picks/palms, talent (or not) and enthusiastic energy! Also, a Beer Garden with seasonal favorites, brats & sauerkraut, German and seasonal beer tasting, apples, hard apple cider, etc. and a best Oktobefest-dressed costume contest.
  • Hayrides—(6 - 7 p.m.)

Saturday, October 4

  • Oktoberfest-Themed Fun Run or Walk or Bike (5k/10k) Starts at the Lava Community Building (9 a.m.)
  • Slip on your lederhosen, dirndl, or Halloween costume and let’s see what character wins. All costume entrants get a free raffle entry for $10 in lottery tickets as well as hot pool passes.
    Start will be 9am at Oktoberfest Halle, outside the Lava Community Building (150 N. Center Street) for all classes. Finish will be the same location as the start line. Times will be listed in each category. Everyone has a chance to win prizes. Prize for 1st raffle prize is $20 in lottery tickets, 2nd prize is $10 in lottery tickets, and 3rd prize is a hot pool pass plus other prizes from local business sponsors. -
    —$10 entry adults / $5 entry 17 and younger
  • Oktoberfest Celebration at the Lava Community Center—Food, Beer, Live Music, Inflatables for the Kids. (12 noon - 7 p.m.)
  • Ahh, the food. Enjoy this harvest festival with traditional Bavarian food and drinks at Oktoberfest Halle in the Community Center
  • MENU:
    —Bratwurst & sauerkraut on a bun with scalloped cheese potatoes: $7
    —Beers - Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, and Lager beers on tap: $4
    —Wines - Barefoot Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and White Zinfandel wines plus the decadent Chocovine wine: $4
    —German chocolate cake slice: $4
    —Hot dogs for kids: $4.
    —Root Beer & Coca Cola products: $2
  • LIVE MUSIC: Inside the Lava Community Center or outside the Center weather permitting. Continuous live music from Rolling Rocks, TJ the DJ, and authentic German music from David Sealander plus other guests.
  • Pumpkin Chuckin’ at the Park next to Community Building (2 p.m. til pumpkins are gone)
  • What’s more fun than catapulting a pumpkin and watching it rocket through the air until gravity takes hold of it and then…SPLAT! See if your pumpkin can beat everyone else.
  • Verruckt Hamsterrad aka “Crazy Hamster Race” (4 p.m. or after the Pumpkin Chunkin’)
  • Jump in the inflatable “Hamster Sphere” and get ready to race! Ready, set , go…race your competition by running as fast as you can inside the inflatable sphere up a grass hill to the finish line. Crazy Hamster fun! Best of 3 races wins a prize.
    —$5 entry
  • Lava Lions Bingo at the Lava Community Center (7 p.m.)
  • Win a Special Game and get to spin The Wheel of Fortune. In addition to winning the Bingo Pot you have a chance to win additional money on the wheel. Progressive Blackout Bingo $1,199.99. Bring you entire Family out to the Lava Community Center for a fun filled evening. Everyone is welcome, but to play bingo you must be 18 years or older. BINGO workers are volunteers. ALL proceeds go to community!

Sunday, October 5

  • Breakfast served at The Greystone’s Silver Grille
    (9 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • We will be serving eggs, German potatoes and bratwurst. —$7.99
  • Duck Race Raffle at the Lava Community Building (12 noon)
  • Oktoberfest traditionally ended with a horse race for the Royal Family. The duck race is our own version of this tradition for everyone to enjoy. The ducks will race down the Portneuf River from the Hot Pools to the bridge outside Oktoberfest Halle. “Bet on your horse” by buying a duck or two and let the race begin! First duck to cross the finish line wins!
    —Duck race tickets - 1 for $5 and 5 for $20.
    —Prizes include a first place prize of $50 in lottery tickets, second place is $20 in lottery tickets, and third place is $10 in lottery tickets plus many other prizes from local business sponsors. You could win...and then win big!

Join us in the quaint little village of Lava Hot Springs for a family-friendly Oktoberfest weekend stuffed full of food, activities, and entertainment! You'll find a Beer Garden featuring seasonal food and drink, a Keg Tapping Contest (imaginative drumming), Oktoberfest-Dressed Contest, the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Event, the Crazy Hampster Race, Duck Race Raffle, Costumed 5k & 10k Fun Run/Walk/Bike, Hayrides, Live Music, Inflatables for the Kids, Bingo, and more!

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Lava Hot Springs Idaho, looking west