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October 1-2, 2022

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A perfect weekend in October now includes Oktoberfest in Downtown Historic Cedarburg bursting with gemuetlichkeit, Saturday, October 1, 11am-8pm and Sunday, October 2, 10am-5pm presented by Commerce State Bank.  Free admission and 2-hour parking limit is lifted on festival weekends.

 

A huge tent will be erected in the Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue) to cover the bands, the dance floor and tables, lending a true Oktoberfest feel.  Oktoberfest means authentic German music and the entertainment features Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers, Tuba Dan, D'Lustig'n Wendlstoana Dancers, Schnapps und Tanz Band, River City Blaskepelle and the Cedarburg Civic Band plus a wooden dance floor for Polka fans.  And, if you’ve never seen a live Glockenspiel Show (Cuckoo Clock), this delightful, goofy event will make you laugh as it reappears every two hours. 

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Oktoberfest Menu

The Festival Food Booth will serve up authentic German classics like Schnitzel dinners and Schnitzel sandwiches, a German Brat Platter and Knodel with gravy.  

 

Cedarburg Lion’s will serve currywurst, bratwurst, burgers, hotdogs and turkey legs. Other food offerings include pretzels, desserts, nuts and candies.

Guests will also find specialty beers such as Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Hofbrau, Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, Paulaner Pilsner and Miller Lite.  We will also be serving award winning wines from Cedar Creek Winery. Speciality craft beer includes Oktoberfest, Long Shadows German Pilsner, Juice Packets Juicy IPA and Safe Passage American Porter from The Fermentorium,  and 3 Sheeps Brewing's Oktoberfest, Chaos Pattern Hazy IPA and Fresh Coast Juicy Pale Ale.  

2021 Oktoberfest Schedule Highlights

Saturday, Oct. 2 &

Sunday, Oct. 3

THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Marketplace

Best Lederhosen/Dirndl Contest

Glockenspiel

Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers

German Spelling Bee

Glockenspiel

River City Blaskepelle

Sauerkraut Eating Contest       

Tuba Dan

Alte Kameraden Band

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What to Expect at Oktoberfest?

You will find German foods and beers, wines and German desserts. Festivals of Cedarburg will dish up authentic German classics like a brat dinner (Hungarian and Oktoberfest brats with "knodel," a bread dumpling with gravy, red cabbage and rye) , Schnitzel dinner, Schnitzel sandwich, brat sandwiches and Knodel with gravy.  Cedarburg Lion’s will serve Currywurst, Bratwurst, burgers, hotdogs and turkey legs.  Guests will also find specialty beers including seasonal beers from The Fermentorium and 3 Sheeps Brewing, as well as award winning wines from Cedar Creek Winery.

 

Silly contests with prize awards include Saturday’s Best Lederhosen/Dirndl Judging Contest, the Sauerkraut Eating Contest, the German Spelling Bee from Ault to Zither (A-Z) and Masskrugstemnen (Beer Steinholding Contest).

 

There will be a merchant’s marketplace on the grounds. While in Cedarburg, be sure to tour the Cedarburg History Museum and Visitor Center, Cedar Creek Winery in the Wittenberg Woolen Mill or better known as the Cedar Creek Settlement (1864), the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts and the Cedarburg Art Museum.  Most are within walking distance from the Festival.

Stroll along Washington Avenue absorbing the charm and historic ambiance of thriving downtown Cedarburg, chock-full of unique retail shops and restaurants. Founded in the 1840’s, Cedarburg was declared a National Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The city is home to more than 100 restored and intact buildings of historic significance.

 

***Please note, pets are not allowed on the festival grounds and festival attendees are asked to support our Oktoberfest by not bringing carry-ins.  Alcoholic beverages must be consumed on the festival site.  Rain or shine.  Shelter is provided. 

German Spelling Bee Contest

Saturday, October 1 at 11:45 a.m.

Under the Large Tent - Community Center Parking Lot

 

If you're the speller in the family, show your real skill in the German Spelling Bee from Ault to Zither (A-Z).  All ages are welcome.  Free. No sign-up, just show up on stage when announced.  Prizes awarded to the last standing.

Masskrugstemnen (Beer Steinholding Contest)

Saturday, October 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Under the Large Tent - Community Center Parking Lot

 

Stein holding is a traditional Bavarian strength contest in which competitors hold a full one-liter beer stein (or Masskrug/Mass in German) out in front of their bodies with a straight arm, parallel to the ground. You go as long as you can and the last man or woman holding with good form is the winner.  No sign-up, just show up on stage when announced.  Limit to 6 contestants -- first come.  Prizes awarded to the last holding in good form. 

Oktoberfest Festival Contests

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Saturday, Oct 1

11:00 am - 11:45 am:  Cedarburg Civic Band 11:00 am - 7:00 pm:     Marketplace

11:45 am - 12:00 pm:  German Spelling Bee 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:    Pommersche Tanzdeel                                                 Dancers

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm:      Glockenspiel

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm:      Pommersche  Tanzdeel                                             Dancers

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm:      Masskrugstemmen

                                      (Beer Steinholding Contest)

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm:      Glockenspiel

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm:      Milwaukee Liederkranz                                               Chorus

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm:     Best Lederhosen/Dirndl                                              Contest

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm:     Glockenspiel

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm:     River City Blaskapelle

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm:     Glockenspiel

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm:     River City Blaskapelle

7:00 pm - 7:15 pm:     Sauerkraut Eating Contest  7:15 pm - 8:00 pm:    River City Blaskapelle

*Schedule subject to change

Sunday, Oct 2

 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm:    Marketplace

10:30 am - 12:00 pm:    Tuba Dan                 

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm:  Glockenspiel

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm:  D'Lustign  Wendlstoana

                                         Dancers

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm:      Glockenspiel

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm:      D' Lustign Wendlstoana

                                         Dancers      

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm:      Schnapps und Tanz Band

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm:      D' Lustign Wendlstoana

                                         Dancers

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm:      Schnapps und Tanz Band

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm:      Glockenspiel

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm:      Schnapps und Tanz Band

4:00 pm – 4 :15 pm:     Glockenspiel

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm:      Schnapps und Tanz Band

*Schedule subject to change

Best Lederhosen/Dirndl Contest

Saturday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m.

Under the Large Tent - Community Center Parking Lot

 

Join in on one of our silly contests.  Come to Oktoberfest dressed in your best Lederhosen or Dirndl and enter our best-dressed contest.  No sign-up, just show up on stage when announced. Prizes are awarded for the winning entry.  

Sauerkraut Eating Contest

Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Under the Large Tent - Community Center Parking Lot

 

If you're truly German, then Sauerkraut must be one of your five food groups and this is the contest for you.  Free to enter.  No sign-up, just show up on stage when announced.  Prize awarded to the winner.

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