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Saturday March 3rd, 2020

Information below!

First, you may be asking "what is Bockfest?" Bockfest is held annually on the grounds of Schell's Brewery in New Ulm, Mn. It began originally as a feast to accompany Lent but has blossomed into an early spring must-do, fun festival. Thousands of festers gather to signal the upcoming spring months by enjoying Bock Beer, bratwursts, pretzels and the comradery of being with their friends, families and new found kinships. We at Mnbeerbus/Bockfestbus strive to keep people safe and alive, DUI-free and to provide an extremely fun day for all of it's riders. There is no need to plan hardly anything except the purchase of your seats. Let us take care of all the rest. Breakfast buffet provides the base for the day, buses provide safe travel and discounts save your wallets.

How to reserve a seat: Hit the button of the jump-off point you wish to use, either Mankato or the cities. Pick the number of seats you want and complete purchase procedure. Either use Paypal or select use credit or debit card below. You can print your receipt but you will be on bus list already- thank you! If you have a group of 6 or more, you can get a discounted bulk price, contact me at [email protected]


Buses from Mankato

Buses range from school buses to party buses.  Buses leave Kato in two waves, at either 9:00 am or 10 am after breakfast. This year, we added Spinners Bar in North Mankato also.

Details to be determined

We highly recommend pre-purchasing your Bockfest Entry tickets. On sale in early February.

You can bring a small soft-sided cooler of beverages on the bus with you. No glass.

Breakdown of Mankato buses to choose from:

Wave 1 is all school buses that return to Mankato at 5.

Wave 2 is school buses returning at 5 also.

Bus from Twin Cities- Maple Plain and Plymouth

One bus running this year. This year we added Rock Elm Tavern in Plymouth to share bus with Monies Bar in Maple Plain. Monies is on the corner of Highway 12(394) and County Rd 19, very accessible. 

Both begin with a breakfast buffet before boarding bus. Rock Elm includes a breakfast cocktail or tap. Rock Elm boards bus to New Ulm at 9am, Monies at about 9:20. Bus should arrive at Schell's about 11am. Bockfest opens  at 11am. Festival ends at 4:30, so the bus will leave at 5pm and return to Monies about 6:30 and Rock Elm at 7pm. Bus capacity is only 54. You can bring a small soft sided cooler of beverages on the bus with you. 

Important things to keep in mind:
1- DO NOT BE LATE! The bus WILL leave on the button and WILL leave at 5 You cannot drink or open your own alcoholic beverages in the bars. They will allow you to have your unopened cooler in there while we wait for the buses. The bar will be open for business if you do want a drink.
2- Please make every attempt to keep buses clean. This is why price went up before. Tip your waiters and drivers- they are busting their butts to make your day stress-free.
3- Dress up, have fun. No one will make fun of you. You will be surprised how many are.
4- Buy a big mug, like the Bubba Keg. Beers in the past have cost 3 tickets. It takes about 2 1/2 beers to fill a Bubba Keg.
5- Don't stop at the first Ticket Booth, there is another one farther up with no one there. Lately, they have been selling a $20 pack of beer/food tickets at the gate area. It is much faster.
6- Must be 21 to enter. Make sure you bring your ID
7- Post your photos online on Facebook site.
8- Cash,  Unless something changes, there is one atm at Bockfest. 

Have fun, stay warm, take pictures, and enjoy the best beer festival in Minnesota


It is best to stay close to the Pub 500 when taking the Mankato buses. This would include the Hilton and the Civic Center hotels. Otherwise, it is possible to have the bus drop you at other hotels upon return.  If you stay at River Hills Hotel, they will shuttle you to and from Pub 500 for free.

If wanting to take Spinners bus, it would be best to stay at hotels around the 169 area to be closest. Some are almost walking distance away.

There are many places for beverages and dining. Some of our incredible friend's include Pub 500, Polito's Pizza, Pita Pit, and La Bamba. 

In New Ulm, we love to frequent the B&L Bar, where they make some of the best cocktails around and have every Schell beer on tap.

Riders will have opportunity for discounts and other special deals solely for them when you ride Bockfestbus.com.

Costs you will incur when convicted of a DUI:
  • Bail
  • Fines
  • Court costs
  • Lawyer’s fees
  • Insurance premium increases
  • Job loss or time off work

By the time all is said and done, the cost for a DUI/DWI in Minnesota can easily be up to $10,000 or more.

OR you can ride with us for 40-60 dollars. No designated drivers needed, no need to plan anything...

Below- check out directions to starting locations, and weather update.

500 South Front Street Mankato, mn
4820 Highway 12 maple Plain, Mn