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Local Oktoberfest Celebrations: A Roundup of Nearby Events

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As the autumn breeze carries a hint of excitement, the surrounding community is eagerly anticipating the arrival of Oktoberfest, a celebration that brings together friends, family, and neighbors. This year several nearby burbs are hosting a series of festivities that showcase the rich cultural heritage and vibrant spirit of Bavaria.

With a delightful mix of traditional German music, mouthwatering food, to spirited beer tastings, locals and visitors alike are invited to immerse themselves in the lively festivities. The various venues across the area promise unforgettable experiences that capture the essence of this beloved German tradition. So grab your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready to raise a stein, as the West Chicago Voice prepares to toast to a memorable Oktoberfest season. Mark your calendars and prepare to indulge in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Oktoberfest right here in our own backyard.

Riverlands Oktoberfest Kickoff  Running from Saturday, September 16, 2023, 12:00pm-10:00pm
The event will take place at: Riverlands Brewing Company 1860 Dean Street Unit A, St. Charles, IL
Oktoberfest is a celebration running from September 16 through October 3, and while we’ll be celebrating all month long we plan to kick it off on 9/16 with live music all day, fantastic German-style food, special seasonal beers, and more. No tickets or cover charge, there will be food including Strawberries BBQ with beer brats, sauerkraut, and more from 12 pm until sellout. Live Music Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 16 1-4 pm: Fritz and the Pretzel Twists Oopma band 6-9 pm: Ben & Jake Acoustic. Throughout the night event, they’ll be holding Masskrugstemmen (beer stein holding) competitions to test your strength and endurance. Several types of beers brewed special just for this event. For more information click this link.

Elk Grove Village Oktoberfest: Friday-Saturday,  September 15-16 The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday until 11:00 p.m., and continues Saturday from 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. The location for this year’s event is the Rotary Green-164 Lions Drive Elk Grove Village, IL. Enjoy traditional German food, games and activities, and live music at the 6th Annual Elk Grove Village Oktoberfest! There will be live entertainment, music, food, Children’s Games, and Activities: Inflatables, Balloon Artists, Glitter-tattoo artists, Face painting, and the Glowby’s Bubbler. Book of 10 Tickets = $10;  For more info on this event or to buy tickets in advance, visit their website by clicking here.  Tickets are good for both days of the event. The event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be issued.

Penrose Brewing Oktoberfest: Break out your lederhosen, great ready for some stein drinking, live music, and a day full of fun. Cost is $10 @ the door= General Entry, Date: Saturday – September 16, 2-10 PM  located at 509 Stevens Street, Geneva. Go to their website, or call 630-232-2115 for more information.

Streamwood Oktoberfest: -Hoosier Grove Barn & Brew: Oktoberfest 2023. Enjoy outstanding biers/ciders/meads from over 30 brewers plus live music, food, and much more on the campus of historic Hoosier Grove Barn. Sunday, September 24 · 1 – 5 pm, The event features more than 30 brewers who will have an assortment of beers, ciders, and meads. Enjoy great food plus live music from Die Kellerknaben. Tickets are $45 each through Sept. 23, 2023 ($50 at the gate) and grant each ticket holder 15 three-ounce samples of the various biers available as well as a souvenir glass or mug. There are also Designated Driver tickets for $10 each offering those ticket holders unlimited pop and water. Raffle tickets will be available for $5 each from volunteers at the event from the Kiwanis Club of Streamwood. There will be various prize packages up for grabs including beer, wine, and bourbon. Thanks to our raffle sponsors Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. and DLA Architects, Ltd. A portion of all proceeds from the event goes to the Streamwood Park District Scholarship Program to provide recreational and educational opportunities to families in need. The event is for ages 21+. No children are allowed.  To purchase tickets, or for more information click here.

Prairie Landing Golf Club: The public is invited to partake in Prairie Landing Golf Club’s Oktoberfest. They’re located at 2325 Longest Drive, West Chicago. The Oktoberfest-themed celebration will take place, Friday, September 29th between 6:00-8:00 pm. The cost of tickets is $42 per adult. There will be live German music, a buffet-style dinner, and beer samplings from local vendors. Call 630-208-7641 to reserve your spot.

Oktoberfest in Bartlett
Friday, Sept. 29th, 4:30-10:00pm – Saturday, Sept. 30, 12:00pm-10-:30pm
Location: Leiseberg Park,  325 E. Devon Bartlett, IL
Price: Free—Free admission with the option to purchase beer and food.Experience Oktoberfest in Bartlett. Join the fun on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1 for Bartlett’s Oktoberfest celebration in Leiseberg Park; Hosted by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bartlett Rotary Club, and the Bartlett Lions Club, Oktoberfest kicks off with the tapping of the Golden Keg on Friday at 5 pm and continues until 10:30 pm. The fest runs from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday with live music, kids’ activities, food, exhibitor booths, fun, and of course, an excellent selection of beer. Visit this link for more info for details, event updates, and the entertainment schedule. Leiseberg Park is located at 325 E. Devon Ave. in Bartlett, and the event will run rain or shine!  Sponsor Opportunities are available, Call the Chamber office at 630-830-0324 for information.
October Fest is sponsored by Wheaton Park District. Saturday, Sept. 30 3-9P  at the Central Athletic ComplexThis event is held in conjunction with the Light the Torch 5K Night Run. Event features pumpkin painting, food and beer garden, small rides, and live performances by Vest Dance Troupe, The Wayouts and Wurst Kase Scenario. For more information go to this link here.

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