St. Paul Oktoberfest begins with a horse-drawn beer wagon parade (der Festzug) to the festival grounds followed by a keg tapping ceremony (der Anstich) to officially kick off Oktoberfest. Saint Paul’s Deputy Mayor Jamie Tincher and Paulaner’s Joe Goodin will do the honors.
Parade staging begins at 3 p.m. at Mancini’s Char House parking lot. The parade will leave Mancini’s at 5 p.m. and travel 1.3 k (.7 miles) along West 7th Street to Schmidt Brewery. Meet and pet the horses after the parade and for the rest of the evening.
NEW Steinheben competition (Saturday)
Strongmen and women compete to see how high they can lift 508 pound concrete “stone”. The first competition of its kind in the U.S.! Qualifying rounds, competition, and awards ceremony all on the Main Stage.
Qualifying rounds are:
• 12:30 p.m.
• 1:45 p.m.
• 2:45 p.m.
Competition: 5 p.m.
Award ceremony 7 p.m.
Dachshund Races (Saturday)
Watch dachshunds and dachshund mixed-breeds compete in hurdles and dashes. Adorable to look at, this surprisingly bold and tenacious breed was developed to flush badgers out of their burrows.
• 1 p.m. – Purebred Dachshund Race – HURDLES
• 2 p.m.- Purebred Dachshund Race – DASHES
• 3 p.m.- Mixed Dachshund Race – HURDLES and DASHES
Pre-register through September 7, 2018. Registration form
Bed Races (Saturday)
Assemble a team of at least four people (one per bed post) and race our official bed at the 18th Annual Bed Races. The races will take place between 1:30-3:30 p.m. with multiple heats so everyone can participate and race for fun prizes.
• 1:30 p.m.
• 2:30 p.m.
• 3:30 p.m.
Pre-register through September 7, 2018. Please complete one registration form per participating team.
You are invited to celebrate the Oktoberfest wedding of Georgia Schneider and Connor Mundt. Trachten (Dirndl and Lederhosen) are appropriate attire. The original Oktoberfest in Munich celebrated a historic royal wedding, which inspired us to wed and crown our own king and queen.
Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (Cultural Stage)
Kinderland Kids’ Carnival (Saturday)
A kid-friendly carnival, complete with classic games and attractions. Provided by All Around Fun. Bring the whole family! Admission: $12
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Beer hall contests (Friday and Saturday)
Held on our main stage.
• Beer mug holding contest
• Beer chug
• Yodeling contest
• “Wiener dog” limbo
Walking tour of the German Schmidt Brewery neighborhood (Saturday)
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the historic Schmidt Brewery neighborhood and learn about early German residents and breweries. Hear Danielle Dart’s (Minnesota Historical Society) colorful stories about the neighborhood and how it has evolved over the years to become a model of urban renaissance. Free.
Saturday at 11:20 a.m. (meet at the Cultural Stage)
Nails and Ales benefit (Friday and Saturday)
Saint Paul Fire Local 21 will host a game of Nails and Ales – a game of hitting a nail on a stump. Who can hammer the nail in one strike? A friendly competition for a good cause — $2 per nail goes to Operation Warm, a charity that buys new coats for St. Paul and Minneapolis students.