Date: Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30
Time: Friday: 5pm-10pm; Saturday: 11am-10pm; Sunday: 11am-7pm
Location: Southport/Wellington/Lincoln Ave.
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Address: 1429 W Wellington Ave.
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church
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Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen! One of Chicago’s most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian — Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus — returns for its 18th year of seasonal revelry. It takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood.

The weekend excitement also includes craft beer tasting nights on Friday and Saturday in the parish’s German Beer Hall.

Another highlight (in addition to beer, brats, pretzels, and pop and Bavarian music acts on two stages) is Saturday & Sunday afternoon’s “Kinderfest” featuring games and other activities for youngsters and families.

Admission Fees:

Friday – $10.00
Saturday – $5.00, after 5pm changes to $10.00
Sunday – $5.00

Get Social!

Main Stage Entertainment on Southport

6:00pm - DT Funk
8:00pm - Rod Tuffcurls
11:00am - Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle (2 sets!)
1:45pm - Rosie & The Rivets
3:30pm - Breakfast Club
5:45pm - To the 9's (The 60's to Today!)
7:55pm - 16 Candles
1:00pm - InRoads
2:30pm - American English

St. Alphonsus Parking Lot Stage

5:30pm - Stache
8:00pm - Polkaholics
2:30pm - Six to Midnight
4:00pm - Northside
6:15pm - Polkaholics
8:30pm - Run Forrest Run
12:30pm - School of Rock
2:00pm - Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle

Craft Beer Tasting Nights

Tickets coming soon!

Sessions are 6pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Cost: $40 for 20 samples.  Cost includes a souvenir tasting glass and pretzel necklace.

The Craft Beer tasting sessions will be held in a spirited German beer hall within St. Alphonsus church. The event is limited to 650/night and attendees will choose from over 40 samples of craft options while enjoying the larger festival atmosphere and multiple musical options! The selection of beer is intended to highlight both German-style beers as well as favorite fall seasonal selections.


Kids' Kinderkest

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. It's the perfect afternoon for everyone.

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

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 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Still Have Questions?

Still have questions about the event? Contact Danielle Crouchelli with more questions or call 773-584-6638.

Vendor Opportunities

Scroll down to apply online!  Applying online is an easy and convenient way to become part of this festival!  Paper applications are available at the end.

Paper Applications:
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