Oktoberfest, a Great Way to Meet the Community

Friday October 7 from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday October 8 from 2 to 11 p.m., Old Town will transform into a two-day, German celebration, complete with polka music, authentic beer, food and entertainment. Now in its sixth year, the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) presents Mid-Michigan’s largest German-style event.

Oktoberfest will be held in theCesar Chavez Plaza and historic Burchard Park, located at the corner of Turner and Grand River Ave. Once inside the tented area, there will be endless opportunities to try German-style beers, indulge in authentic German food, listen and dance to the musical performances and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Kids can join the celebration and visit the kid’s area with authentic German activities on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Admission to the festival is $17 for Friday or Saturday, or all weekend. Tickets will be $13 if bought on-line before October 6 at oldtownoktoberfest.com or at the OTCA office, located at 1232 Turner Street. Your ticket includes your own Oktoberfest Beer Stein and 3 drink tickets..

Beer drinkers travel to Old Town during these two days to try the cold, German beers. Oktoberfest stock features authentic Oktoberfest beers, including Frankenmuth Brewery, Samuel Adams, Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Hacker Pschorr and Spaten Oktoberfest beers. This year we are adding Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale to the selection. Attendees can treat themselves to delicious German food by local vendors to the Lansing Area. Items includePotato Pancakes, Spaetzle and Schnitzel just to name a few.

In addition to offering traditional German beverages and food, OldTown will provide German entertainment to complete the authentic Oktoberfest experience. Live polka music and dancing will energize attendees into a true German spirit.

Souvenir mugs are complimentary with each ticket bought for Oktoberfest, but will be available for $5 at the festival. These souvenir mugs allow Oktoberfest attendees to cheers like a true German or “Prost!” as they do in Munich. T-shirts and other OTCA apparel will be available for purchase at the festival.

For those festival-goers who travel by bike, a Valet Bike Parking station will be set up free of charge (donations accepted) to park and guard bicycles during the festival. Parking your bike will relieve the stress of finding a place to park in crowded Old Town during Oktoberfest. The Lansing RiverTrail is another great path to take, which leads you right to the heart of the festival.