Bavarian tradition in Kitchener
2018 marks fifty years of the second largest bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest. The one in Munich is pretty much done when this one starts. This Oktoberfest marks the long weekend of Thanksgiving at least in this area. And those coming outside of Canada, remember Thanksgiving is in October and the Monday a lot of places will be closed. For Oktoberfest, the German clubs and other locations are filled with food, drink and good times. But you do have to remember to be responsible while you are having a good time. There is a barrel tapping to mark the official start to the fest and many things to do during the week. Many places that you go to are a place where you do have to buy tickets to get in. In downtown Kitchener, close to the Delta hotel and Market Square is the Oktoberfest Store. So you purchase items and tickets there, as well other places offer tickets too – most likely to their venue. So get ready for a really good Bavarian time.
Website and Socials:
Official Retail Store
Thursday & Friday
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Office Administration Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
By Phone, Fax & Mail:
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is available to help you with any questions you may have about the festival.
Phone: (519) 570-HANS (4267)
Toll Free : (888) 294-HANS (4267)
Fax: (519) 742-3072
By Mail or In Person: 17 Benton Street, Kitchener, ON, N2G 3G9
A Little Bit About Oktoberfest
Friends, family, and having a GREAT time! That’s what the Ultimate Oktoberfest Experience is all about. Around Oktoberfest it’s called “Gemuetlichkeit” and it has no direct English translation, but essentially means “coziness”.
There are many ways to take in the Oktoberfest Experience during the festival! With 12 Festhallen and over 40 Family and Cultural Events, there is something for everyone!
Walk through the doors of a festhalle and be transported to a world of good times, and good cheer. Where there are no strangers and the food and beverages are served up by friendly staff wearing traditional German tracht. Link arms and join your newly found festhalle friends in the singing of Ein Prosit, or hit the dance floor and polka the night away!
Gather the family and head down to Weber Street. on Thanksgiving Day to continue the tradition of taking in the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade! Watch as over 120 floats, bands, costumed characters make their way down the Parade route entertaining the crowd. Even Miss Oktoberfest and Onkel Hans join the fun!
It is a nine-day festival, “Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival” is the second-largest in the world. The German Clubs are: Alpine Club, Concordia Club, German-Canada Hunting & Fishing Club operates Hubertushaus, Schwaben Club, Transylvania Club. The Oktoberfest Timeteller, as you enter UpTown Waterloo is based in traditional Pennsylvania Dutch and local Mennonite Hex designs, the 24 Hex symbols under the eaves were designed and painted by Otto Werner, a Kitchener artist.