Pull on your Lederhosen and polka on down to Oktoberfest Chicago next weekend, Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26, at St. Alphonsus church in West Lakeview. One of Chicago’s most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian, Oktoberfest Chicago returns for its 19th year of seasonal revelry. Due to the ongoing pandemic, all festival events will be held outdoors both on church grounds and on Southport between Wellington and Oakdale.
The star of the fest is Bavarian cuisine. Enjoy homemade bratwurst and pretzels made by the members of St. Alphonsus church, then wash it down with a stein-full of Sam Adams beer. A variety of Sam Adams beers will be on tap including fall favorites like Oktoberfest.
Entertainment includes two stages of live music, featuring some of Chicago’s best headliner bands including The Breakfast Club, Trippin Billies, Hello Weekend, Sushi Roll, The Hat Guys, Run Forrest Run, Sixteen Candles, and Rosie & the Rivets. What would Oktoberfest be without Polka? Sgt. Saukraut’s Polka Band and the Polkaholics close out Friday and Saturday night with the “oom-pah” of traditional German bands. A full entertainment schedule is listed below.
Keep the party going on Sunday by watching your favorite team while enjoying the last day of the festival. The big game will be aired in the church parking lot at noon on Sunday Sept. 26. Cheer on your team with a Sam Adams beer in one hand, and a homemade bratwurst in the other.
Oktoberfest Chicago is Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26. Hours are Friday from 5–10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. St. Alphonsus Catholic Church is located at 1429 W. Wellington Ave in Chicago. For more information visit https://chicagoevents.com/events/oktoberfest-chicago/
- Friday: $10
- Saturday: $10
- Sunday: $5
Free admission to those with a U.S. military ID + 1 guest all weekend.
6:00pm - The Breakfast Club
8:00pm - Trippin Billies
Parking Lot Stage
5:30pm - Hello Weekend (2 sets!)
8:30pm – Polkaholics
2:00pm - Sushi Roll
3:45pm - The Hat Guys
6:00pm - Run Forrest Run
8:15pm - Sixteen Candles
Parking Lot Stage
2:30pm - School of Rock
4:00pm - Rosie & The Rivets
6:00pm - Sgt. Sauerkraut’s Polka Band (2 sets!)
8:30pm - Polkaholics
12:00pm – Watch the big game with us
Located in the South Lakeview neighborhood, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church was founded by German immigrants in 1882 and continues to recognize its German roots by celebrating an authentic Oktoberfest every September. Visitors are encouraged to join us for Mass on Sunday at 9:00 a.m (between October through Corpus Christi) to experience the incredible music of the St. Alphonsus Choir. For more information visit https://www.stalphonsuschicago.org/.