Fun On Tap
at Waukesha Oktoberfest
Celebrate Waukesha Oktoberfest in beautiful Frame Park, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22.
Most activities take place in a large tent in this lovely wooded setting along the Fox River. Non-stop music, food and Sprecher products add up to a great time for everyone in the family.
Friday, Oktoberfest runs from 5-11pm and begins with a 5pm Opening Ceremony and Tapping of the Firkin (with free beer samples).
In addition to live music by Austrian Express and a performance by D’Oberlandler Dance Troupe, a family area is planned with crafts, games and more.
At 9pm, contestants compete in a Masskrugstemmen or stein-holding contest, a traditional Bavarian contest of strength, where drinkers hold out a full one-liter beer stein for as long as they can, or at least until the competition falters.
Saturday hours are 1-11pm. Activities begin at 1pm with Sheepshead open play, music and activities in the family area. Also at 1 pm, the Das Bags Tourney kicks off. At 1:15pm, the Oktoberfest Cake is unveiled, with free cake to the first 400 people.
A children’s parade at 4:30pm is followed by a performance by Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika. In this traditional dance, figures wear hand-carved wooden masks and each have their own style of costume featuring embroidered pants, lederhosen and colored burlap. Each figure also wears a different headdress.
Blaskapelle Milwaukee plays from 5-11pm. This 18-piece brass and wind ensemble defies ethnic stereotypes. The group is composed of 21 to 24-year-old musicians and in addition to traditional German standards, Blaskapelle Milwaukee performs a number of different styles from Europe and the U.S.
The Wurst Bier Biathlon at 6:30pm features a running or walking competition with an option to eat a brat at the midpoint. (Children of registered runners may also run at no charge).
Then, the stein-holding contest repeats at 8pm.
Don't miss the bronze beer garden statues, Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 3:30-7:30pm. Are they real, or aren't they?
This family friendly event is produced by the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.
Admission is free
$2 wristbands required for alcohol consumption. Event proceeds benefit local nonprofit groups.
Frame Park, 1150 Frame Park Dr.