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HONORING BRUCE LARSON - THE KAISER
The Kaiser has left Rice Street.

Opening Ceremony Saturday at 12 honoring Bruce Larson including a talk by Amy Brendmoen, shot of liquor, singing of Ein Prosit and the blasting of the cannon!   Full Story




Get your limited edition Oktoberfest 1 L Tankard Glass Beer Mug for ONLY $15 from either the wristband stations or the Information booth at the festival! Prosit!
SUMMIT BREWING CO. BEER PARTNER OF OKTOBERFEST
   
Beer Wagon Parade from Summit Brewing to Schmidt Brewery - Friday September 15th at 5:00 pm down West 7th St. Grab your friends, family and a lawn chair and come and watch the fun.

Official keg tapping by Mayor Coleman at 6:00 pm at the Cultural Stage. Bring your limited edition 2017 Oktoberfest Glass Beer Mug with you!
LOCATION - SCHMIDT BREWERY
Friday, September 15th - 4-10

Saturday, September 16th - 10-10.


FREE Festival for everyone and ADA accessible

St. Paul Oktoberfest is proud to be partnering with Lyft!

There will be a designated pick-up and drop off lane created on Webster St. right next to the event.


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18th Annual Saint Paul Oktoberfest

MUNICH-STYLE ST PAUL OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATES 18th ANNUAL EVENT AT HISTORIC SCHMIDT BREWERY

JOHN KOMAREK, ST PAUL — From Rice Street to Rice Park and now the Historic Schmidt Brewery, the demand for more authentic German culture in Minnesota has continued to push the Munich-style St. Paul Oktoberfest to grow even bigger.

“Unlike the host of places where you can experience an Americanized Oktoberfest, St. Paul Oktoberfest provides Minnesotans a place to truly experience German culture – and people are taking notice.” Jeana Anderson Executive Director of the Germanic American Institute (GAI) said. “Through our Munich-style celebration, we invite patrons to experience German culture not only through fun for the whole family, but also authentic history and heritage.”

What makes an Oktoberfest more authentic than others? For starters, the event opens the very same days as Munich in September. The event features a horse-drawn parade, a hammer and spigot keg tapping by public official, competitive races, a wedding ceremony, and a carnival-like atmosphere that’s fun for all ages.

“Our Oktoberfest is true to the history and heritage of Munich’s celebration, but with a St. Paul twist.” Linda DeRoode, Event Director said. “Just like Munich, we serve the host city’s local beer, Summit, we host a St. Paul couple getting married naming them king and queen, and instead of horse races, we race a St. Paul-made cast-iron bed down the street.”

The 18th Annual St. Paul Oktoberfest returns to the Historic Schmidt Brewery on Friday, September 15 from 4-10pm and Saturday, September 16 from 10am-10pm. Free to attend. To enjoy alcoholic beverages, wristbands are $5 with valid 21+ID.

For a full Press Kit, contact John Komarek at john@curlycreative.us or by calling 651-260-2330.