Across from the Palatine Metra Station, 150 W. Slade St., Palatine, IL.
Friday September 15 5PM - Midnight
Saturday September 16 12 Noon - Midnight
Sunday September 17 12 Noon - 6PM
5:00 Opening Ceremonies
3:30 Die Musikmeisters
Noon Die Musikmeisters
3:30 Johnny Wagner
Phenix German Band with a modern flair. Website.Die Musikmeisters German Band plays a rousing blend of traditional German music for Oktoberfest or German themed events. Their extensive musical repertoire includes a variety of traditional German vocal and instrumental favorites, as well as Polish and American favorites. The band dresses in authentic German lederhosen. Website.
The Johnny Wagner Band is a household name in many German speaking communities in the country, specializing in traditional Bavarian, Austrian, and Slovenian styles of Polka Music, and equally versatile to play Rock & Roll, Country, Jazz, and Swing authentically. Website.
Opening Ceremonies: At 5:00 on Friday evening, Oktoberfest begins with a short parade and the tapping of a ceremonial keg on the main stage, performed by local dignitaries, and the blessings of a priest. The King and Queen of Oktoberfest 2016 will be crowned!
Saturday is Family Day! The Rotary Club Of Palatine Oktoberfest features a time set aside for families to enjoy the festive spirit of this classic German cultural fest. Family Day is always held on Oktoberfest Saturdays beginning at 12:00 noon and lasting until about 3:30 p.m. In addition to all the enjoyable food and beverage tents open to families, special programming and activities for children will be provided.
Musical performances featuring students from local school groups and Palatine-based youth organizations highlight afternoon's events on the main stage.
Family Day will kick off with an Oktoberfest Family Bike Ride sponsored by the Bike Palatine Club on Saturday morning at the corner of Smith & Slade Streets. Registration is free for this casual ride. That will depart at 11:30 a.m. Riders are expected to return around 12:30 p.m. Bike racks will be provided. Visit www.bikepalatine.com for more information about the Family Bike Ride.
In addition to great Oktoberfest food and beverages, families and children can enjoy a number of childrens activities and interests at the Palatine Towne Square park, including face painting, balloon-art, a variety of children's games.
Radeberger: A German Pilsner, light and crisp lager that is probably the lightest tasting beer we serve (4.8% ABV).
Dab: A German Dortmunder (5% ABV), full bodied, smooth tasting.
Schofferhofer Grapefruit: This beer is 50% unfiltered wheat beer & 50% grapefruit. Very refreshing and low alcohol content (3.1% ABV).
Wild Onion Brewing Co. Oktoberfest: Slightly darker (6.5 % ABV), smooth taste.
Wild Onion Brewing Co. Hefty Weiss: Hefe Weizen style (5.3% ABV); unfiltered wheat beer. Lots of flavors!
Wild Onion Brewing Co. Kolsch: Crisp clean german ale, (4.5 ABV)a bit more complex than a lager due to ale yeast in fermination.
Estrella Daura: Marzen Style Gluten Free Beer. Comes in a 11.16 ounce bottle (so it won't fill the 16 oz glass).
Beer is available in 16 oz glasses for 5 tickets, or in a collectible 34 oz mug for 12 tickets, with 10 ticket refills. Bring your mug next year to start with refills!
White Bratwurst ~ German Plate ~ Leberkase Sandwich ~ Full Pig Platter ~ Pig Taster Platter ~ BBQ Beef or Pork sandwich ~ Hamburger/Cheeseburger ~ BBQ Half Slab Ribs ~ Italian or New Mexico Sausage ~ Blue Cheese/ Bacon Burgers ~ Cheddar and Onion Burgers ~ Smoked Cheddarwurst
Cheese Pizza Slice ~ Sausage Pizza Slice ~ Specialty Pizza Slice
Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Spicy Mustard ~ Seasoned Chips smothered with Beer Cheese ~ Deep fried schnitzel "pork bites" with a spicy mustard dipping sauce ~ Sauerbraten Pot Roast sliders, with a side of sour kraut & pickles
Spiced donuts ~ Carmel Apples ~ Chocolate Bars
Pop ~ Water ~ Popcorn
Turkey Leg ~ Pork chop ~ 1/4 chicken ~ Pig Candy