Date: Friday, September 27 - Sunday, September 29
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
Presenting Sponsor: Paulaner USA

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
Saturday: $10
Sunday: $5

Get Social!

Main Stage Entertainment on Southport

6:00pm - Hello Weekend
8:00pm - Rod Tuffcurls
11:00am - Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle (2 sets!)
1:45pm - Rosie & The Rivets
3:45pm - Stache
6:00pm - Queen Explosion
8:00pm - 16 Candles
12:30pm - Rosie and the Rivets
2:30pm - Wedding Banned

St. Alphonsus Parking Lot Stage

5:30pm - Northside
8:00pm - Polkaholics
2:30pm - AACA 2019 Battle of the Bands Winner
4:15pm - The Hat Guys
6:15pm - Polkaholics
8:15pm - Trippin Billies
12:30pm - School of Rock
2:00pm - Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle
4:30pm - Polkaholics

Craft Beer Tasting Nights

Eventbrite - Oktoberfest Chicago

Sessions are 6pm to 9pm Friday and 4pm to 7pm Saturday.

Donation: $50 for 20 samples. Cost includes a souvenir tasting glass, pretzel necklace and admission into the festival grounds.

This is a hardy, fun and great social gathering. There is a spirit of hapinesses throughout the beer hall.

One of America 's most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian, Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus returns for its 18th year of seasonal revelry! The event takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago's active West Lakeview neighborhood.

The Craft Beer tasting sessions will be held in a spirited German beer hall within St. Alphonsus church. The event is limited to 650 attendees per night who will choose from over 40 samples of craft options featuring American seasonal craft and Eurpoean speciality beers 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.

If the event is not sold out, tickets may be purchased on-site the evening of the event but there are no guarantees. Tickets Purchased in advance include admission to the festival for the purchased date.

*All ticket sales are final--NO REFUNDS. The Beer Tasting Event is held compltely indoors so inclement weather does not effect the Tasting Event.

*Must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to participate in this event.

What We Sampled in 2018:
Fullers ESB
Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
Ommegang Rosetta
Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale

Abita Strawberry Harvest
Right Bee Cider Dry
Right Bee Semi Dry
Virtue Michigan Brut
Virtue Rosé

Ballast Point Mango Even Keel
Brewdog Punk IPA
Brickstone Permanent Vacation
Half Acre Deepspace
Moody Tongue Sliced Nectarine
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA
New Holland Tangerine Space Machine
Sweetwater Triple Tail

Firestone 805 Lager

Ballast Point Dead Ringer
Burnt City Oktoberfest
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin
Golden Road Wolf Pup Hefeweizen
New Holland Ichabod
Surly Oktoberfest
Urban Chestnut Oktoberfest

Alarmist Pantsless Pale Ale
Alaskan Amber
Bell’s Lager of the Lakes
Brickstone Hop Skip
Founders Mosaic Promise
Founders Solid Gold
Fullers London Pride
Sun King Pachanga
Surly Hel

3 Sheeps Cashmere Hammer
Even More Coco Jesus
Lakefront Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout
Murphy's Irish Stout
New Holland Dragon's Milk or The Poet
Revolution Eugene Porter

Ballast Point Bonito
Freedom of Speech
Moody Tongue Lemon Saison
Revolution Geistfahrt (Ghost Ride)
Sketchbook Custer's Last Kolsch


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.

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