There’s actually more to our 5-day celebration than beer, dirndls and pretzels. The extension of the world-renowned Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will be an unforgettable blend of tradition and good-natured revelry—washed down with a hearty chug.
1. KITCHENER-WATERLOO OKTOBERFEST IN THE FOREST CITY
In the spirit of Gemuetlichkeit Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest expands for the first time ever into to the Western Fair District! The London Festahlle, Das Bierhaus can’t wait to celebrate this expansion with much-loved traditions of Bavarian music, beer and authentic German cuisine.
In 1969, the founding fathers of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest saw this Bavarian tradition celebrated at the famous Concordia Club in Kitchener as an excellent opportunity to benefit the entire community by becoming a civic festival that celebrated our local German Canadian heritage. Since then, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has developed its own traditions, becoming the largest Bavarian festival in North America. Thousands of visitors celebrate annually in their Festhallen, and by attending one or more of our 40 family and cultural events.
2. GET READY TO SING YOUR HEART OUT
Expect to hear plenty of familiar tunes inside the Das Bierhaus. The Blue Waves will provide entertainment throughout the day and into the night, the playlist? A surprising mix of classic German Oompah band songs and American hits. “Ein Prosit,” meaning “A Toast,” is the number one Oktoberfest standard that encourages interactive drinking and toasts, but your ears will perk right up when you hear the melodies of “Sweet Home Alabama,” “YMCA,” “Sweet Caroline” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
If Oompah music and the Chicken Dance don’t do it for you, Colin James + Kim Mitchell might! On October 15, they will be rocking the festhalle - presented by Free 98.1! Limited tickets available.
3. THERE’S MORE TO OKTOBERFEST THAN BEER. BELLY UP FOR SOME SERIOUSLY HEARTY EATS
The best way to buck up your stomach after so much beer? Tuck into weiner schnitzel, schnitzel on a bun, bratwurst, brat on a bun and pretzels! You’ll also be tempted by massive piles of sauerkraut, potato salad and apple strudel.
4. RACING BACK TO OUR ROOTS
Once upon a time, long long ago in a far away land known as Bavaria, a Crown Prince, who later became King Ludgwig I, married the beautiful princess Therese Von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince’s National Guard thought that the horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate the happy event. King Max, proud father of the Prince, gave his consent to the races and so they became the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the likely beginning of Oktoberfest.
The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. It wasn’t until 1818 that booths, serving food and drink, were set up at the event. In the late 1800’s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese named in honour of Ludwig’s bride.
On October 9th, we will be returning to these roots with the Oktoberfest Classic, a harness race featuring Ontario’s best aged-pacing horses + a Dachshunds Dash!
5. LIQUID GOLD
It’s all about the beer at Oktoberfest, hence our name Das Bierhas; meaning The Beer House! We’ve picked a handful of wunderbar brews just for you: Rickard’s Lederhosen, Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Heineken, Molson Cider, Rickard’s Radler, Creemore Lager and more! Did we mention there will also be a secret signature shot!