Who’s ready for beer! The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest is right on the corner! Thousands of visitors come to Frankenmuth every year to enjoy this annual celebration. The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest 2012 will kick off on September 20 and promises you to bring one of the most authentic German celebrations in the U.S. over the weekend. Let’s prost (cheers in German) in Frankenmuth!
You probably have been to Oktoberfest many times and know it very well, but you might not know the first Oktoberfest was held to celebrate royal marriage. Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 in Munich, Germany to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sax-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities at the city’s gate. The Oktoberfest has been held since then, and now it has become not only one of the most iconic German festivities but an international festival that has been held around the world!
We are proud that Frankenmuth is the only city sanctioned by the Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest outside of Germany. The 4-day-festival featuring great beers, German bands and dance performances, and other events such as wiener dog races is perfect for all ages to spend their weekend having fun with family and friends in Michigan’s Little Bavaria.
While enjoying your beer, you can also enjoy line-up entertainment, including German and Polka bands and folk dancers, at the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion. The music and entertainment begins around noon and ends as late as midnight. Feel free to dance with music on the 68’ x 60’ wooden dance floor at the pavilion!
If you are planning to bring your kids to Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, we are sure they will love the wiener dog races! Come and cheer for these cute little dachshunds at the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion at 12 p.m. this Saturday (September 22). There are usually 50 to 100 dachshunds joining the races. Even if sometimes they might “lose control”…but it is definitely fun to watch and is one of the cutest sights at the Oktoberfest.
For more information about Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, please visit its website. You can also download this year’s brochure here. Don't forget to like the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest on Facebook to follow the latest updates!
In addition to the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, don’t miss the Zehnder Park Art & Craft Show, which will be held at the Zehnder Park on September 21 and 22. Over 125 crafters from throughout Michigan to showcase their variety of art, photography, iron garden art, pet accessories, goat soap & lotion, jewelry, purses, quilts, painted clothing, and more!
For more information about Zehnder Park Art & Craft Show, please visit its website, or call 989-781-916.
The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
Date: September, 20, 3:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.
September, 21/22, noon – midnight
September, 23, noon – 6 p.m.
Location: Harvey Kern Community Pavilion in Heritage Park (601, Weiss St.,
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734)
Admission: $8/per person (September 20 – 22);
free admission on September 23
Zehnder Park Art & Craft Show
Date: September, 21, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
September, 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Zehnder Park (730, S. Main St, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734)
Have you attended the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest in the past, or plan to attend this year's Oktoberfest? Comment on our blog, tweet us, or tell us about it on Facebook! We'd love to hear what you think!
Have fun and enjoy your beer! Go Great Lakes Bay!