Palatine Oktoberfest     September 16-18, 2016

Hope you were able to join us for Oktoberfest 2015! The fun starts again next year! Mark your calendar for September 16-18!



Attendance is free! Live entertainment includes four bands doing five sets plus Family Day entertainment Saturday noon till 3:30. We have great German food, beer, and German and domestic wine. It's right across from the Palatine Metra train station, so it's easily accessible by public transportation with lots of free municipal parking nearby!

Oktoberfest is an event where neighbors, families, communitiy leaders, visitors, sponsors and donors get together to enjoy fellowship, good food, good beer, good music, and other entertainment. It is a family-friendly event, with Family Day children's activities on Saturday. We raffle baskets of goods worth at least $500 each, with many worth much more. Even if you can't visit Oktoberfest, you can still be a winner!

Oktoberfest is the principal fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Palatine. Over the last 5 years we raised funds that allowed us to support local charities and nonprofits with more than $120,000 ! To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, or to make an online donation using a credit card, bank account, or Paypal account, please click here.

Bands & Entertainment

Band Schedule


Phenix German Band with a modern flair.

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.


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%

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!



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.

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 noon and lasting until about 3:30 p.m. In addition to all the food and beverage tents open to all families, special children´┐Żs programming is offered. A highlight each year are musical and/or dance performances featuring local school groups or Palatine-based youth art organizations. This year, 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 $15 per rider, and is at 10:30 – 10:45am the day of the event, with the ride starting at 11:30am.  Bike racks will be provided.  Visit for more information.

For Family Day the Rotary Club presents Boaw! Fremd High School Rockband on the stage at 12pm, with the award-winning Quest Academy Choir following at 1pm.  Noch Einmal Tanzgruppe will be taking the stage to perform their authentic German dancing at 2pm, and the entertaining Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance will follow at 3pm.  Activities for the day also includes face painting, balloon-art, a variety of children’s games, and a soccer station, just to name a few.  At 3:30pm the Village of Palatine’s Beautification Committee will feature the results of the Scarecrow Contest, along with a kid’s raffle basket drawing sponsored by the Rotary Club of Palatine.

  1.    10:30 - 10:45AM Free Registration for the Oktoberfest Family Bike Ride hosted by the Bike Palatine Club
  2.    11:00 - 12:00PM Oktoberfest Family Bike Ride starts at the corner of Smith & Slade Streets
  3.    Noon - 3:30PM Infants through 5-year-old Music-Making Station. Metropolis Performing Arts Center teachers with handheld instruments will                         facilitate singing with instruments for the youngest children
  4.    Noon - 3:30 Positive Strokes offers face painting/arts&crafts
  5.    Noon - 3:30 Birdhouse Construction with Birdhouses and Supplies by the Home Depot in Palatine
  6.    Noon - 12:30 Scarecrows On Parade
  7.    Noon - 1:00 Boaw! Fremd High School Rockband
  8.    1:00 - 2:00 Quest Academy's award-winning Choir
  9.    2:00 - 3:00 Noch Einmal Tanzgruppe German Dancing
  10.    3:00 - 4:00 Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance
  11.    Around 2:00 - Palatine Police Department Introduction to K-9 dog and K-9 program
  12.    3:30PM Children's Raffle Basket Drawing (all children will receive a free ticket)
  13.    Around 3:30PM Village of Palatine's Beautification Committee Scarecrows On Parade Contest Winners
  14.    And the Great Sobotka Magic Show

Scarecrows On Parade: Sponsored by the Village of Palatine, scarecrows will be delivered at the Fireman's Memorial between 12:00 and 12:30 Saturday. Judging will start at noon, with an awards ceremony at 12:30 PM. Full details and photos at the village website.

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Heybeck's Meat Market - Expanded German Menu!

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

Tre Amici Pizza

Cheese Pizza Slice ~ Sausage Pizza Slice ~ Specialty Pizza Slice

Morkes Chocolates

Sprinkle Caramel Apple ~ Granny Smith Caramel Apple ~ Red Delicious Caramel Apple ~ Bags of Pretzel Twists ~ GLOP  (Peanuts & Caramel)

Rotary Club of Palatine

Pretzels ~ Landjaegers


Location and Directions

We're just across the tracks from the Palatine Train Station, Northwest Line
150 W. Slade St, Palatine, IL

View the Palatine Oktoberfest map or get directions in a larger map

View the Metra train schedule



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Thanks to the Village of Palatine, Groot Industries, Mobile Print, Inc, Cardinal Warehouse Wine & Liquors, and Des Plaines Office Equipment


2014 Sponsors

Kings and Queens of Oktoberfest

2015 8th Oktoberfest: Matt Bickel and Kathleen Meitzer McLin
2014 7th Oktoberfest: Chuck Young and Jackie Knight
2013 6th Oktoberfest: Oliver Girke and Susan Strunk
2012 5th Oktoberfest: Jeff Johnson and Cindy Stoeckel
2011 4th Oktoberfest: Ken Chalmers and Bridget Witt
2010 3rd Oktoberfest: Greg Bruning and Kathy Millen
2009 2nd Oktoberfest: Al Stoeckel and Sandy Soria
2008 1st Oktoberfest: Jim McLin and Liz Noe