Oktoberfest in the Amana Colonies

Experience a little bit of Bavaria in your own backyard and join us in the Amana Colonies for Oktoberfest, October 3-5. This three day festival kicks off Friday with the Official Keg Tapping Ceremony at 2pm. Saturday morning starts with a parade at 10am and the fun continues from there. Fill your weekend with authentic German music, food, games and fun for all ages!

Art at the Amana Colonies

The Amana Colonies provide a beautiful backdrop for the many artists and crafters who call the Colonies home. You will find copper sculptors, watercolorists, artists working in glass, pastels and more. Traditional crafts include basket and broom making, tin and blacksmithing, rug weaving and tatting. Be sure to visit our many studios and galleries during you visit.

Food at the Amana Colonies

The Amana Colonies have long been known for great food. Taste the flavors of the Colonies in our restaurants, where you can enjoy German specialties or American favorites…all served family-style. Sample handmade chocolates, savory meats and cheeses or fresh baked breads. You’ll never go away hungry!

Shopping at the Amana Colonies

60 plus shops…none of which are coming to a mall near you! If you are looking for a unique shopping experience, the Amana Colonies are the place for you. From home décor to woman’s apparel to specialty gifts and unique children’s toys, you’re sure to find it in the Amana Colonies.

Events at the Amana Colonies

The Amana Colonies are home to many exciting events throughout the year…there’s something for everyone. Whether you want to explore your German heritage, visit artists’ galleries or experience the unique heritage of the Colonies, there is an event for you.

Willkommen to the Amana Colonies!

The Colonies have been a treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years; welcoming visitors to an experience that’s as unique as you are.

Located just minutes from I-80, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies offers visitors the opportunity to step back from today’s busy pace, to relish in the comfort of locally crafted foods, furniture, art and more. The Colonies offer a unique history and culture found nowhere else in the world.

We invite you to experience our villages, meet our many artists, sample hearty foods, locally crafted beer and wine or simply stroll down our quiet streets. The Amana Colonies has something for everyone… let us handcraft an experience just for you!