Historic Cedarburg’s Oktoberfest
October 12 & 13, 2013
A perfect weekend in October now includes Cedarburg’s Oktoberfest in Cedar Creek Park bursting with gemuetlichkeit, Saturday, October 12, 11 am–8 pm & Sunday, October 13, 11 am-5 pm. Free admission and parking.
A huge tent will be erected to cover the bands, the dance floor and tables, lending a true Oktoberfest feel. Oktoberfest means authentic German music and this year’s entertainment features Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt, Tuba Dan, the Alte Kameraden Band, and the Cedarburg Civic Band plus a wooden dance floor for Polka fans and D'Lustig'n Wendlstoana Dancers. And, if you’ve never seen a live Glockenspiel Show (Cuckoo Clock), this delightful, goofy event with jolly woodcutters will make you laugh as it reappears almost every hour.
You will find German foods and beers and German desserts. Some classic German dishes will be served up. Olsen's Piggly Wiggly in partnership with Festivals will serve up authentic dinners. Cedarburg Lion’s will serve Bratwurst and Hotdogs. Downtown Dough’s desserts will be included. Guests will also find specialty beers such as Hofbrau, Hacker Pschor, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest and Bluemoon Pumpkin, plus a variety of Cedar Creek Winery wines, including their Gold Medal Water Fall Riesling.
Silly contests with prize awards include Saturday’s Frau Tragen-Lauf (Wife Carrying), Bier Eimer-Lauf (Beer Bucket Races) and Best Lederhosen & Tracht attire (male & female) competition. Sunday’s contests include Sauerkraut Eating and a German Spelling Bee from Ault to Zither (A-Z). There will be an Ecumenical Church Service at 11 am followed by Oktoberfest activities from 12-5 pm in beautiful Cedar Creek Park, N52 W5882 Portland Road
Sunday, 1-4 pm there will be a Sheepshead (Schafskopf) Tournament. There will also be a merchant’s marketplace on the grounds. Arts will be highlighted all weekend long with the Cedarburg Artists Guild Covered Bridge Studio Tour (www.cedarburgartistsguild.com). While in Cedarburg, tour the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s art exhibits, Cedarburg Visitor Center’s General Store exhibit, the historic Kuhefuss House (1849), Paul J. Yank, Cedarburg Brewery (1843), Cedar Creek Winery in the Wittenberg Woolen Mill (1864) and the year-old Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.
Oktoberfest attendees will enjoy strolling along Washington Avenue, absorbing the charm and historic ambiance of thriving downtown Cedarburg, chock-full of unique retail shops and restaurants. Founded in the 1840’s, Cedarburg was declared a National Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city is home to more than 100 restored and intact buildings of historic significance.
***Please note, pets are not allowed in Cedar Creek Park and festival attendees are asked to support our Oktoberfest by not bringing carry-ins. Rain or shine. Shelter is provided.
Sponsored by Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.
Take I-43 North of Milwaukee
20 minutes away