Brat fans in the U.S. can enjoy several different bratwurst festivals each year, with the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, Brat Days festival in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Brat Fest in Madison, Wisconsin a few of the largest.
As you might expect, you’ll find plenty of bratwurst to eat at big brat festivals as well as live music, contests, games, activities for the kids, and arts and crafts and other merchandise for sale.
The big festivals often compete each year for various titles such as most bratwurst consumed, with some seeing hundreds of thousands of brats eaten over the course of the festival.
Festivals such as Brat Fest also double as fundraisers, with money raised going to local charities and non-profits.
While many of the big brat festivals are held in the heart of brat country in Wisconsin and Ohio, you’ll find some big festivals in other locales such as Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas.
2015 Bratwurst Festivals
Brat Fest: May 22-25, 2015, Madison, WI
10th Annual Michigan Beer & Bratwurst Festival: May 23, 2015 – Thompsonville, MI
Poconos’ Wurst Festival: July 18-19, 2015 – East Stroudsburg, PA
Brat Days: July 30-August 1, 2015, Sheboygan, WI
Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival: August 13-15, Bucyrus, OH
Wurstfest: November 6-15, New Braunfels, TX