Attendance was abundant at Cleveland’s Oktoberfest held over Labor Day weekend at the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio. For those Clevelanders who didn’t get their fill of German food, music, dance and beer or who are looking for a good excuse for a weekend jaunt, check out one of Michigan’s oldest cultural events — the 22nd annual Oktoberfest being held in Frankenmuth from Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 18. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland.
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest The only Oktoberfest outside of Germany that has been sanctioned by the city of Munich, the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest will be held at the city’s Heritage Park. Historical Note: Frankenmuth, nicknamed “Little Bavaria” was founded in 1845 as a mission colony by German Lutherans. The first Oktoberfest took place in 1990 in honor of the Berlin Wall coming down.
Most activities at the Oktoberfest will take place at the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion, a scaled-down version of an authentic German beer hall with 5000 seats. German bands will be playing all throughout the 4 day event and the beer will be flowing. Official sponsor of the Fest is Munich, Germany-based brewer Hofbrauhaus. There will also be plenty of dancing on the 68 foot by 60 foot wooden dance floor.
A showcase event at the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest will be the Wiener Dog Races being held on Saturday at 1 p.m. Between 50 and 100 dachshunds are expected to be competing in various races.
Authentic German food will be abundant. A German dinner buffet being offered for $11 includes carved Black Forest ham, bratwurst with sauerkraut, Jaeger meatballs, German potato salad, buttered spaetzle, green bean casserole, sweet & sour cabbage, cole slaw, apple & raisin salad, marinated beet salad, pineapple upside down cake and German chocolate cake.
Other food items available include frankfurters, pizza, French fries, a BBQ pork sandwich, homemade potato chips and Bavarian Inn pretzels.
Hours for the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest are 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Thursday, noon – midnight on Friday and Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (Thursday – Saturday). Children 12 and under are free. Admission for everyone on Sunday is free. Parking is free.
The Oktoberfest will be held at Heritage Park located at 601 Weiss St. in Frankenmuth, Michigan. 800-FUN FEST. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Frankenmuth (one hour north of Detroit).