Take a look at some of the Oktoberfest photos from last year, click here!
In 1810, King Ludwig I of Bavaria proclaimed that the last sixteen days of September, ending with the first full weekend in October, shall be set aside for feasting and beer drinking to celebrate his upcoming wedding. The people of Bavaria had such a good time that the celebration has been repeated annually for over 200 years. Today we know this festival as Oktoberfest! To celebrate this tradition the Westown Association, Milwaukee County Parks and the Old German Beer Hall will celebrate a Bavarian Style Oktoberfest in Pere Marquette Park. New this year we are partnering with the Marcus Center as we host the event on both sides of the river!
The Old German Beer Hall is pleased to bring you an authentic Munich Oktoberfest Tent. We are pleased to offer a selection of simple German festival foods and service is to the table by traditionally attired staff.
Fresh Baked Bavarian Style Pretzels
Our giant pretzels are baked fresh daily by Milwaukee’s own Miller Baking Company using an Original Munich Recipe.
10oz Giant Pretzel
Obatzter - The traditional Munich Cheese Spread with onions and paprika
Sweet Mustard - Our House Recipe with a little spicy zip
Pretzel Combo - 10 oz Pretzel with your choice of Sweet Mustard or Obatzter w/Obatzter
We are pleased to offer sausage made right across the street by the Famous Usinger Elves
Landjaeger - “Hunter’s Snack” The Original Beef Jerkey
Usinger’s Famous Bratwurst - The name says it all, this course grind sausage is the standard for all bratwurst
Weissgerber’s Smoked Bratwurst - Our signature recipe. A zesty, smoked variation of the famous Nürnberger
Wiener - Usinger’s all beef natural-casing “hot dog”
Hofbräuhaus Wurst Platter
For sausage lovers! Sausage platter with Weißgerber Bratwurst, Knackwurst & Münchner Weißwurst. Served with Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, and Rye Bread
Chicken Schnitzel - Panko breaded chicken cutlet fried fresh to order. Served with French Fries
Hunter Schnitzel - Our famous Chicken Schnitzel topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. Served with French Fries
Schweineflügel -“Pig Wings”
3 Petit Skinless Pork Shanks
Served with Barbecue Mustard Dipping Sauce
OFFICIAL 2015 OPENING CEREMONY
Thursday, October 1
4:30 pm – In keeping with the Traditions of the Original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany no beer is served until the Mayor taps the First Keg. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will be on hand to tap a wooden keg of Hofbräu Okotberfestbier. Frees Samples from the keg will be handed out while they last.
FREE LUNCH FRIDAY
Friday, October 2
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm - We are pleased to offer a Free Usinger’s Famous Bratwurst with the Purchase of a Liter of Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier!
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm
Registration opens at 6:30pm – Limited to the first 20 Entries
Do you think you can hold your beer stein longer than anyone else? This is your chance to prove it once and for all. Move over beer pong, and make way for Masskrugstemmen — which literally means “beer-stein holding.” It’s possibly the hottest import from Bavaria to hit the U.S. since the BMW.
The rules are simple:
Contestants 21 and older must hold a traditional glass Isar mug filled with 1 Liter of beer at arm’s length for as long as possible. The arm cannot be bent and must remain parallel to the floor. Any spillage spells disqualification. The winner is the last man, or woman, standing, arm outstretched and unbent, with full mug proudly aloft.
GERMAN DANCE CLUB PERFORMANCES
Friday, October 2 – 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 2 – 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
We are pleased to showcase Milwaukee’s German Heritage with performances by a variety of our cities best German Dance Clubs.
YELP MILWAUKEE POLK-OFF!
Sunday, October 4 – 2:00 pm
You don’t even really need to know how to Polka! Join Yelpers and Non-Yelpers alike as they fill the dance floor in what can only be described as a full-on Polka Freakout. There will be questionable judging techniques used to choose the winners.
Sunday, October 4 – 2:00 pm
Enjoy Wisconsin’s favorite fall activity on our two 70” Screens.
All persons attending the event over the age of 21 must wear a provided wristband. A new wristband is required for each day of the festival. Wristbands will be available at all food and beverage outlets at the festival. This is required regardless of whether or not you intend to consume alcohol. All persons under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a wrist-banded parent or legal guardian. Persons without wristbands and/or guardians are considered to be loitering and will be escorted from the event by security.