Celebrate German culture during Oktoberfest at Trinity Park. The three-day festival kicks off Thurs., Sept. 22, and runs through Sat., Sept. 24 with German beer, Bavarian food, shopping, and entertainment. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know.
Tapping of the Kegs 🍻
The festival will kick off with an opening ceremony when community leaders will tap the first official kegs of Spaten by hammering a bronze spout into the kegs with a wooden mallet.
Live music 🎶
Dance all night long with live music from several polka bands, including Grammy-nominated Alex Meixner, Alpenmusikanten, Chardon Polka Band, Ginny Mac, and Keine Kunst Folk Dance Troupe.
Food and beer 🍽️
Snack on a variety of authentic German food vendors serving traditional cuisine like bratwurst, schnitzel, turkey legs, Schweinekotelett (pork chop), Bavarian soft pretzels, Jagear fries, kettle corn, and fudge. Attendees can wash it all down with several craft beers found throughout the festival grounds.
Family-friendly activities 🚲
Dachshund Dash | Head to the Die Aktivitat Tent on Sat., Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. to watch pups run a short dash with hopes of winning a donated basket from Spa Paws Hotel. Register your Dachshund.
Oktoberfest Olympics | Community groups will compete in a series of Oktoberfest-style Olympic events like bag throwing, stein holding, beer barrel racing, and hot dog throwing. The winning team will receive a donation to a nonprofit of their choice.
Run and Ride | Work up an appetite with a 5k and 10k run and 20-mile urban bike ride with beer stops along the way on Sat., Sept. 24. All participants will receive an Oktoberfest beer stein and a free 3-day pass to the festival. Register now.
A three-day pass is $20 — single-day admission is $10 on Thursday and $15 on Friday + Saturday. Pro tip: tickets bought online before 12 p.m. on Sept. 21 will come with a commemorative stein while supplies last. Admission is free for children 12 and under.