Addison Oktoberfest

Friends prost to Oktoberfest in Addison Circle Park in Addison.

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Nearly everyone likes at least one of these four things: polka dancing, beer drinking, accordion playing and German yodeling. I’ll let you guess which one of those I’ve mastered. And no, it isn’t the accordion. Consider Addison Oktoberfest your annual tutoring session if you, like me, need polka lessons. This family-friendly Addison Oktoberfest kicks off Sept. 14 with free admission all day, then ends with more freebies on Sept. 17. If you want to return after Day One — because, hey, maybe you need to enter the German Idol yodeling contest! — I’ll toast to you, stein in hand.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Addison’s Oktoberfest is the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich. This year, over 70,000 fans will come together Sept. 14-17, 2017 to share a love of polka, German food and, of course, the same Paulaner Bier that will be served at Bavaria’s favorite festival.

As a part of its award-winning tradition, Addison Oktoberfest will also feature much of the same music, polka dancing, and sing-a-longs one would find in Munich, plus great German food and activities.

Featured bands include the Munich Evergreens, who travel from Germany to perform, and Alex Meixner, Grammy-winning polka artist who gained international fame as the star of Hormel Pepperoni commercials.

Oktoberfest guests will enjoy fun contests such as dachshund races, bier barrel bowling, German Idol yodeling contest, German spelling bee and more.

Guests wanting a more intimate experience can register to dine at the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus, with full service Bavarian dining and an exclusive menu.

Make an Oktoberfest weekend of it: book an Addison Oktoberfest Hotel Package which includes lodging, event admission tickets, Tasty Bucks and a commemorative stein– but book early, packages are limited.

Parade: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 -- A horse-drawn beer wagon will lead a parade of German entertainers and city officials – just like the start of the Munich event.

General festival admission is $10 for ages 12+
Kids 11 and under FREE
FREE admission for all on Thursday and Sunday

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