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Oktoberfest Chicago

Oktoberfest Chicago

Date: Friday - Sunday; September 26-28
Time: Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm
Location: Southport & Lincoln Ave | Chicago
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Beneficiary: St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church


Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen! One of Chicagos most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian -- Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus -- returns for its 14th year of seasonal revelry. It takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago's demographically hot West Lakeview neighborhood.

Adding to the weekend's excitement is Friday's popular craft beer "tasting night" in the parish's German Hall.

Another highlight (in addition to beer, brats, pretzels, and pop/German acts on two music stages) is Sunday afternoon's "Kinderfest" featuring games and other activities for youngsters and families.

Southport Main Stage
Friday
5:30pm - Slap Happy (2 sets!)
8:30pm - This Must Be the Band

Saturday
11:00am - Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle
1:15pm - Pieptone!
3:30pm - Catfight
5:50pm - The Polkaholics
7:55pm - 16 Candles

Parking Lot Stage
Friday
5:30pm - Die Musikmeisters
(2 sets!)
8:30pm - Wedding Banned

Saturday
4:30pm - The Rave
6:15pm - Euro Express Band
8:00pm - Trippin Billies

Sunday
2:00pm - Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle

Craft Beer Night - Friday & Saturday
From 6:00 - 9:00 pm, enjoy 20 tastings from craft breweries around the country ... all for only $40 (includes admission to festival). The Craft Beer Tasting sessions will be held in an intimate German beer hall within St. Alphonsus church. The event is limited to 600/night and attendees will get to try 20 of over 40 samples of unique beers! Each participant will receive a delicious pretzel necklace to accompany you on your journey of beer sampling!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online! Limited to only 600 lucky participants nightly so register early. This WILL sell out! PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE TICKET SALES CLOSE AT 3:00PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR IF AVAILABLE.

The Breweries & Brews!
3 Sheeps Brewing (Sheboygan, WI)
  • Rebel Amber Ale
  • Waterslides IPA
Ale Syndicate Brewers (Chicago, IL)
  • Sunday Session Hopped-Up Ale
  • Van de Velde Belgo-American Ale
Atlas Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)
  • Diversey Pale Ale
  • Rookery Rye IPA
Baderbräu Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)
  • Czech Pilsener
  • Red Velvet Bock
Brooklyn Brewery (New York, NY)
  • Oktoberfest
  • Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Central Water Brewing Company (Amherst, WI)
  • Mud Puppy Porter
  • Oktoberfest Lager
Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)
  • In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
  • Doggie Style Pale Ale
Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • All Day IPA
  • Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, IL)
  • Matilda
  • Sofie
Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH)
  • Dortmunder Gold® Lager
  • Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Kona Brewing Company (Kailua-Kona, HI)
  • Castaway IPA
  • Longboard Island Lager
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG (Germany)
  • Reichelbrau Eisbock
  • EKU Pils
Local Option (Chicago, IL)
  • Blood ov the Kings
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Kentucky Common
Louis Glunz Beers, Inc. (Chicago, IL)

Milwaukee Brewing Co. (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Hoptoberfest
  • Moon Milk Stout
Moody Tongue Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)
  • Crushed Green Coriander Wit
  • Paw Paw Belgian
Redhook Brewery (Seattle, WA)
  • Harvest
  • Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
Saugatuck Brewing Company (Douglas, MI)
  • Bonfire Brown
  • Maggie's Irish Red
Temperance Beer Company (Evanston, IL)
  • Gatecrasher IPA
  • Smittytown ESB
Tieton Cider Works (Tieton, WI)
  • Apricot Cider
  • Yakima Dry Hopped Cider
Uinta Brewing (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Baba Black Lager
  • Punk'n Ale
Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Baltic Porter
Wyder's Cidery (Middlebury, VT)
  • Dry Pear
  • Reposado Pear
Kids' KinderFest Now TWO Days!
Kinderfest is a great time for 'Fest goers of all ages. Enjoy plenty of kid-centric activities, show the kids how to polka and treat the family to some authentic German food. Its the perfect afternoon for everyone.

Days: Saturday and Sunday
11:00 am to 4:00 pm


The fun and games from Emerald City include:
  • Face Painting
  • Dance Parties
  • Story time and special character appearances
  • Crafts
Don't miss the inflatable fun!
  • Jumpy House
  • Jousting
  • Obstacle Course
Free Admission to Those with Military ID
Oktoberfest loves the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Free admission to those with a U.S. military ID + 1 guest all weekend.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Event Logistics
Still have questions about the event? Contact Crini McCarthy with more questions or call 773-584-6615.

Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact Joe Persfull or at 773.584.6642.

Music Bookings
Any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email only. Please email us your website, your MySpace links, any other promotional links, a bio is also appreciated. If you are currently playing any Chicagoland venues or clubs, that's important information to include. Last but not least, give us a price range on the band. If you feel your act is especially suited for one specific event, tell us why you're a great fit for that event! Please email to Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at GPeterson@chicagoevents.com.

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