Galena Oktoberfest is modeled after the the world’s largest beer festival and fair in Munich: a 16-day folk festival held since 1810 that attracts more than 6 million people each year. Bavaria’s Oktoberfest is so popular that the celebration has spread around the globe to become one of the most widely celebrated, secular, annual events.
While only one day, in comparison with Germany’s 16, the Galena Oktoberfest celebration is still jam-packed with fun things to do, see, eat, and drink! Each year Galena Oktoberfest grows in scope and attendance, with last year’s festival drawing over 4,000 attendees!
From the Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg to close of the festival at 10pm, Galena’s Oktoberfest includes live music, polka lessons, polka dancing, delicious food and drink, a beer stein endurance contest, a bean bag tournament, wiener dog races, and much more. So grab your Tyrolean cap, beer stein, and lederhosen and make your way to Galena Oktoberfest 2015!
Galena Oktoberfest Music Lineup:
The Jim Busta Band
Czech-German, five-piece polka band.
The Goodtime Dutchmen
Dutchmen-style band that plays German, Bohemian and Polish styles.
Ten Gallon Hat
Popular, local, country rock band
George & Heinz
Galena Oktoberfest Schedule of Events
9am – 11am: Midwest Health & Fitness Center 5K Walk/Run – starts & ends at Galena River Trail/Depot Park
11am: Live music begins with the Jim Busta Band
Noon: Cannon start and Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg
Noon – 1pm: Wiener Dog Registration
Noon – 3pm: Alpenhorn Players
Noon – 4pm: Registration for Beer Stein Endurance Contest and Bean Bag Tournament
Noon: Polka Dancing begins on the dance floor
Noon – 6pm: Bounce House/Art Station for the kids
Noon – 6pm: Food Service by Galena Elks Club
Noon – 8pm: Food Service by Benjamin’s Restaurant
Noon – 10pm: Food Service by Extra Batch Bakery
12:30pm: Polka Dance Lessons with Ballroom by Jennifer
1:10pm: Wiener Dog Parade & Call to the Post
1:30pm: Wiener Dog Races begin
3pm: Polka Dance Lessons with Ballroom by Jennifer
3:15pm: – 7pm: Live music with The Goodtime Dutchmen band
4pm: Wiener Dog Championship Races
4:25pm: Galena Oktoberfest Poster Art Auction
4:30pm: Beer Stein Endurance Contest
5pm: Bean Bag Tournament
7pm: – 10pm: Live music with Ten Gallon Hat
Galena Oktoberfest 2015
Saturday, October 3th – Noon to 10pm
Depot Park (Highway 20 and Park Avenue), Galena, Il
For more information, be sure to visit: galenalions.org
Galena Oktoberfest Lodging
Whenever you’re in the Galena area, be sure to treat yourself with a stay at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Our luxury, Galena bed and breakfast inn offers uncommonly lush amenities and personal service, along with luxurious guest rooms, and outdoor gardens for you to enjoy. We have a room ready for you!