Wurst Festival

come have the wurst time

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Wurst Festival 2023: stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the festival!

Come join us for our annual Wurst Festival in Amana! The German tradition of making sausages is alive and well in the Colonies and we want to share some of the best with you. Wurst Festival was Voted Best New Festival in Iowa, so you don’t want to miss it out on this celebration of everything sausage!

At the Market Barn area, in the center of the village of Amana, you will find local sausage vendors, beer, drinks, desserts, and sides. Wurst Festival features different types of brats, sausage creations, and more things meat! There is even a veggie brat option that will help you convince that vegetarian friend of yours to join in the fun. Try from all the booths and make your pick! Not only will there be classic brats, there will also be some creative and innovative twists on the beloved brats that will make your mouth water.

During the day, the sausage makers compete for a few coveted awards. Judges will select the winners for the Best in Wurst and Weirdest Wurst, while YOU will select the people’s choice winner, so make sure and try as many as you can before you cast your vote.

Man cannot live on sausage alone so take a break from the summer heat under our beverage tent. We will have beer, Amana wine, and other beverages for everyone. Live music will be here from all day at the Market Barn!

You’ll also find the Wurst University here again to give you the Wurst education possible.


The Wurst Games and Dachshund Derby

While you are with us during Wurst Festival, we will have fun yard games set up that you can be a part of. Take a minute to check below for more information on the games, and schedule for all the events you can participate in throughout the day!

Dachshund Derby registration is available, turn your forms into events@amancolonies.com

Watch as local Dachshunds compete to be the “Wurst Dog in Eastern Iowa” as they run as fast as they can to the finish line. Any Dachshund is welcome to enter, and registration details are available on the Wurst Festival page on our website as well as at the Visitors Center, 319-622-7622! Grand prize is a $100 Amana Colonies Gift Certificate.

Dogs must be registered to participate and are required to have proof of vaccinations. You must check in when you arrive with your pup to make sure you get a spot in the races! Registration Coming Soon.

The Dachshund Derby is sponsored by the Bank Haus!

Grab a beer and a brat, then participate or cheer on your friends in the games; we guarantee you’ll have the Wurst Time Ever!

Around town at the local businesses, there will also be activities, and things you will want to make sure that you see.  Check out our online brochure to see what else is happening in the villages!

Many people come out every year to the Amanas for the Wurst Festival, so make it a new tradition with your friends and family, filled with sausage, music & fun! 


Purchase collectible event posters at the Amana Colonies Visitor’s Center!

Brochures + Forms

This Year’s Event

To Purchase Tickets Click on the Event Below


Dachshund races at the Amana Wurst Fest!

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Thank you to our 2023 Festivals sponsors!

Compass Memorial Healthcare logo
KCRG Black
Hills Bank Logo
South Slope
US Bank Logo
For sponsorship opportunities please contact the Event Coordinator at events@amanacolonies.com