Oktoberfest, presented by Planet Fitness of Owosso, is returning for two days on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14. Oktoberfest is organized by the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC) and will take place in the Biergarten in the parking lot of Exchange and Water streets in downtown Owosso. Family events will continue on both Ball and Exchange Streets.
New this year will be authentic German food served in the Biergarten. From a butchery near Munich, Oktoberfest has received permission to use a 200-year-old family recipe for traditional German bratwurst to be served during the event.
Friday evening’s music line-up will be Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push Band alternating with the DynaBrass of Toledo, OH. New on Saturday afternoon, Oktoberfest welcomes the 35-piece German band, Ein Prosit. The band will be playing from 1 to 4 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Biergarten will feature “Happy Hour” from 2 to 4 p.m., with buy one, get one free admission. At 5 p.m., polka music will begin with the international touring and 12-time Grammy nominee Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push Band from Massachusetts.
The Chicago Push Band will alternate with Gerry Kaminski’s Polka Network, hailing from the Grand Rapids area. Both six-piece bands will play until 11:30 p.m. There will be polka lessons, a beer stein endurance contest, and live music, all in the main event tent.
Admission to the Biergarten is $10 per day or $15 for a weekend armband. Designated drivers will be provided free admission and a special armband for complimentary nonalcoholic beverages. For a detailed schedule, visit www.oktoberfestinowosso.org.