Leaves are turning, the air is crisper, and temperatures are slowly sinking: all signs indicate that it’s that time of the year, the time for Oktoberfest. Not everyone can make the pilgrimage to Munich but the Old Town Commercial Association will bring a bit of Germany to Old Town as we celebrate our 8th annual Festival.
German culture lovers, beer enthusiasts, and foodies alike are invited to enjoy a weekend full of German food, live music, dancing, and of course, beer, on Friday October 4th from 6 – 11 p.m. and Saturday October 5th from 2 – 11 p.m.
New to this year’s festival is a rotating handle serving some of Michigan’s finest German-style brews, including: Cheyboygan Oktoberfest, Latutiude 42 Fall Seasonal, North Peak Hoppy Pumpkin Ale and Griffin Claw Screamin’ Pumpkin Ale, among many more. For the non-beer enthusiasts, Uncle John’s Cider Mill will have their hard and regular apple cider, and Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern will provide Hard Hot Apple Cider.
If you’re going to be sipping on German-style beer, then you have to compliment it with German-style food, right? Restaurant Mediteran and Mark’s Gourmet Dogs will be cooking up German favorites on Friday, while Kola’s Food Factory and Grand Grillin will be there to help you get your fix on Saturday. Sweet treats will be provided by Aggie Mae’s Bakery both evenings.
The Hy-Notes, Happy Wanderers, and Polish Muslims, all German rock bands, will provide an authentic sound throughout the weekend, and The All American Funk Parade and Mike Mains & The Branches will bring lively performances with an alt-rock sound. Here’s the lineup:
The Hy-Notes: 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
The All American Funk Parade: 9 – 11 p.m.
Happy Wanderers: 2 – 5 p.m.
Polish Muslims: 6 – 9 p.m.
Mike Mains & The Branches: 9:30 – 11 p.m.
Tickets for Old Town’s Oktoberfest are $15 in advance at the Oktoberfest website or $20 at the gate. The purchase of your ticket includes 3 food/drink tickets accompanied with a beer stein. If you love Oktoberfest, come back on Saturday with your uncut wristband and stein to re-enter the festival for free.
Additionally, there will be a brewing demo from 3 – 8 p.m. Saturday provided by That’s How We Brew. And for the brave, psychic readings will be available on Friday and Saturday.
VIP tables are available for those looking to enhance their festival experience. Eight guests will receive a private table, 8 food /drink tickets each, a souvenir beer stein, swag bags, appetizers, table service, and access to their very own restrooms. Tables are $400 for the night and $700 for the weekend and can be purchased on the festival website.
For more information, follow Old Town Lansing on Facebook and Twitter, and look for festival updates on the Old Town Oktoberfest 2013 Facebook page. We look forward to a weekend of delicious food, tasty brews, and live jams. Hope we see you there.
– Andrew Rickerman, Old Town Commercial Association