September 29-October 2, 2016

MKE OKTOBERFEST 

​Downtown Milwaukee's Authentic Oktoberfest 

MKE OKTOBERFEST MARKET
Saturday, October 1 from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year the MKE Oktoberfest Market will return for its second year! Come and visit all local vendors with beautiful items to compliment your Oktoberfest experience. From hand made items and imported treasures to unique wearable’s the MKE Oktoberfest Market has something unique for you. The market runs on October 1 from noon to 8pm along the river on the Marcus Center grounds. 
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HARVEST POLKA MASS with FATHER MIKE HAMMER
Sunday, October 2 at 11:00 am

The Marcus Center will host a full polka mass in celebration of the Fall harvest in Peck Pavilion on Sunday morning at 11:00 am. Music for the service will be provided by The Mike Schneider Band and the services will be led by Father Mike Hammer. 


THE GLOCKENSPIEL

Friday through Sunday, Every 2 Hours
A replica cuckoo clock! The Glockenspiel will run every two hours on Marcus Center grounds starting at 4:00 pm Friday, 2:00 pm Saturday, and noon on Sunday.

HOFBRÄU FESTZELT at PERE MARQUETTE PARK

2016 OPENING CEREMONY

Thursday, September 29

4:30 pm - In keeping with the Traditions of the Original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany no beer is served until the first official keg has been tapped. Free samples from the keg will be handed out while they last. 


MASSKRUGSTEMMEN 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm
Registration opens at 6:30pm – Limited to the first 20 paid entries each day
Do you think you can hold your beer stein longer than anyone else? This is your chance to prove it once and for all. Move over beer pong, and make way for Masskrugstemmen — which literally means “beer-stein holding.” It’s possibly the hottest import from Bavaria to hit the U.S. since the BMW.

The rules are simple:
Contestants 21 and older must hold a traditional glass Isar mug filled with 1 Liter of beer at arm’s length for as long as possible. The arm cannot be bent and must remain parallel to the floor. Any spillage spells disqualification. The winner is the last man, or woman, standing, arm outstretched and unbent, with full mug proudly aloft.

GERMAN CULTURAL CLUB PERFORMANCES
Friday, September 30 - 5:30 pm
Saturday, October 1 – 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Sunday, October 2 – 1:30 pm

We are pleased to showcase Milwaukee’s German Heritage with performances by a variety of our cities best German Cultural Clubs.

MARCUS CENTER GROUNDS

BREW CITY MKE

Craft, Culture, Community
The Milwaukee County Historical Society's major 2016 exhibition, explores Milwaukee's culture of beer and brewing. Brew City MKE is the first exhibition of its kind, and features rarely-seen artifacts and images that tell the story of how Milwaukee became the beer capital of the United States.

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