Café Bavaria Oktoberfest
Prost! It’s that time of year again, liters are flowing, bands are playing, and good times are had with friends and family alike – that’s right, Oktoberfest is here! Break out your lederhosen and join us at Café Bavaria. Kicking off on Saturday, September 22nd, and rolling all the way until Sunday, October 7, we’ll have live music every weekend, Masskrugstemmen (stein holding) contests, German bier special features, locally made pretzels, and a traditional roasted half chicken.
The official launch of Oktoberfest, here and in Germany, is Saturday, September 22nd. A traditional decorated festival tent will be erected along State Street, in conjunction with Tosa Harvest Fest. On this festive day, a ceremonial keg tapping will take place at 2 pm, pretzels and biers will be sold, and revelry will be had, all under the Oktoberfest tent from 12 pm – 10 pm.
Each week during Oktoberfest at Café Bavaria, we’ll be featuring an authentic bier special, including Weihenstephaner, Spaten (with a visit from the Spaten girls!) and Andechser Bräustüberl. All Oktoberfest we’ll also be featuring traditional German food specials.
- 9/22 – Polka Joel 7-9pm
- 9/28 – Jeff Winard 7-9pm
- 9/29 – Keith Gennerman 7-9pm
- 10/5 – Jeff Winard 7-9pm
- 10/6 – Aus der Heimat 6-9pm
- 10/7 – Polka Joel 12-3pm
- All week we’ll have an Oktoberfest Beer + Personal Pretzel w/Dusseldorf Mustard for just $10.95 add a side of Obatzda spread for $1.95.
- On the weekends we’ll have a traditional Munich delight – Oktoberfest Beer + 1/2 Chicken for $14.95 (while supplies last!) you can also add a side of fries for $2.95.
What exactly is Oktoberfest?
September is a huge month for bier, and while the month’s name doesn’t suggest it, it is the time for Oktoberfest! This Bavarian tradition dates all the way back to 1810 in Munich, at the marriage celebration of the Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. This festival usually begins during the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.
At the first few Oktoberfest festivals, bier stands were set up to quench the thirst of the onlookers of the now discontinued horse races. The bier drinking part of the experience continued to grow in the subsequent years and ultimately, became one of the centerpieces of the celebration. Oktoberfest is now one of the largest festivals in the world and serves over two million gallons of bier each year. This year marks the 185th anniversary of Oktoberfest!