Ales by the Rails Oktoberfest

Ales by the Rails Oktoberfest

A new festival is making its way to Traverse City this fall; a festival that includes local microbrews, seasonal activities, live music, and a family-friendly atmosphere. The inaugural Ales by the Rails Oktoberfest kicks off on October 17th at 5PM and concludes on October 18th, giving Traverse City a two day event to celebrate autumn’s best month.

This event takes place at the Filling Station Microbrewery, which previously hosted the Ales by the Rails Summer Music Festival. The summer festival was such a huge success that the Filling Station was eager to host another festival. The brewery will have 14 of their craft beers on tap. In addition to their regular wood-fired pizzas, the Filling Station will be serving up traditional brats and sauerkraut and other Oktoberfest themed food.

Beer is best on a train carrier - Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Hamilton
Beer is best on a train carrier – Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Hamilton

Entertainment at this festival is abundant. The music selection is top notch, featuring the Way Down Wanderers, Rootstand, Box On, and Mountain Standard Time. In addition to the live music, there will be a life-size human foosball field and a kid’s fun zone. The kid’s zone will include crazy bounce houses, old trains and relics, and pumpkin painting. This festival incorporates many of the wonderful fall activities that we look forward to each year, with just a touch of extra pizzazz.

Photo Courtesy of The Filling Station
Photo Courtesy of The Filling Station

Tickets for this event are $20 per night ($25 at the door) or $35 for the full weekend. A beverage token and pint glass are included with the purchase of admission. Children can get in for just $10. Proceeds will go to benefit the Grand Traverse Area Children’s Garden, the TART Trails, and Habitat for Humanity. For more information on this event, visit the Filling Station’s event website or their Facebook page. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com.