Not Your Opa’s Oktoberfest brings new features to Old Town’s signature event!

Old Town Lansing’s signature event, Oktoberfest, is just a few weeks away — but this year we’ve added a few twists.

‘Not your Opa’s Oktoberfest’ runs from 6-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and noon-10 p.m. Saturday Oct. 6 on Turner Street in Old Town. Here’s what you can expect (both new and old):

  • Admission to the festival this year is a minimum suggested $10 donation. Anything more gets you an Oktoberfest mug. All proceeds go back to the OTCA — a nonprofit dedicated to the revitalization of Old Town.
  • We’ll have plenty of German and Oktoberfest beers on tap and in cans — and options for non-beer drinkers from alcoholic sparkling water, alcoholic cider, bourbon, non-alcoholic cider, pop and water. Drinks are available with cash or credit! German-themed food will be provided for purchase from Old Town’s own Creole.
  • DJ Fudgie will be spinning your favorite polka (and whatever else she thinks is cool) both Friday and Saturday. Lansing’s own Atomic Boogaloo closes out the festival Saturday night from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • You want games? We’ve got them! Lansing’s newest hot spot, Bull’s Eye Axe Throwing will join us with their new mobile unit. Admission into the festival also gets you the opportunity to try your hand at axe throwing for free! We’ve also put our most creative minds to work for a new event we’ve dubbed ‘Apple Hucking.’ You’ll want to come check this one out. And of course, we’ll have your favorites in Hammerschlagen, stein hoisting, costume contest, giant jenga and cornhole.
  • Join us at noon Saturday, Oct. 6 to watch the Spartans take on Northwestern with our TV under the tent.

And don’t forget the week leading up to Oktoberfest! We’ll have plenty going on all around Old Town. On Sept. 30 join us at 3 p.m. for a weiner walk — bring your favorite dachshund and a few friends and join us in a little parade around Old Town to celebrate the German dog breed.

Check out Where the Wild Things Bloom on Monday, Oct. 1 for a Bavarian Kid’s Day where children can learn to make flower halos. On Thursday, adults can sign up to learn to make their very own at the shop. And when you shop at participating retailers throughout the week, you’ll get a ticket for free Oktoberfest mugs when you come to the festival Friday or Saturday!

We’re planning a lot more to make this the best Oktoberfest yet. Check our Facebook page frequently for new and updated information.

Can’t wait to see you in Old Town. Prost!


By Shannon Murphy, OTCA board member