2018 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest FestGuide

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Greetings from

Greetings from

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is turning 50. It is hard to believe that it has been such an integral part of the community for half a century. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest provides a wonderful opportunity to partake in the finest events, traditional dining experiences and entertainment; it’s about friends, family and tradition. While in the region, we hope you will take an opportunity to explore Cambridge and join me and members of Cambridge City Council for our Community Oktoberfest Luncheon on Wednesday, October 3rd, 11:30am in Civic Square, 50 Dickson St. for a free event including Oktoberfest barbeque and tapping of the keg. We would like to thank the dedicated staff, volunteers and generous sponsors who make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest so successful each and every year. The Festival would not be possible without the dedication of more than 500 year-round volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival — KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable 2018 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Prost!


THE CITY OF KITCHENER On behalf of my council colleagues and the citizens of the City of Kitchener, I would like to extend a warm “Willkommen” to everyone attending the 50th annual KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy the many attractions and outstanding hospitality for which Kitchener, and our region, is known. During this 9-day celebration, you will experience the rich German heritage of our founders, in our vibrant, energetic city. The festival includes many amazing cultural and family experiences. Whether you have attended Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in the past, or are a newcomer, you are in for a memorable experience. I hope to see you and your family at the Opening Ceremonies on October 5, the Thanksgiving Day Parade on October 8, at one of our many Festhallen or at one of the countless family friendly events located throughout the region. We are thrilled to welcome Rogers Hometown Hockey back to Downtown Kitchener, as part of the opening weekend, October 5-7. There will be many activities for all ages. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our festival, I would take a moment to thank all of the dedicated staff and volunteers, generous sponsors and enthusiastic supporters, both past and present, who have made KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest so successful each year. Organizing a festival as large as KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest, the second largest Bavarian festival in the world, requires more than 500 volunteers, as well as numerous community and service club members to ensure the festival runs smoothly. To everyone who helps make the festival a world-renowned success – thank you for your hard work and dedication. It has not gone unnoticed! Enjoy the festival and remember KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest ist wunderbar!

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Greetings from

Greetings from

THE CITY OF WATERLOO On behalf of Council and the citizens of the City of Waterloo, it is truly a pleasure to extend a warm “Wilkommen” to everyone attending Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, October 5-13, 2018. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a celebration of German food, music and festivities that is truly Wunderbar. Waterloo is steeped in tradition, and no other festival brings out our heritage roots like Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. This year happens to be the festivals 50th anniversary, so be sure to keep an eye out for some special events happening in celebration of that. Another thing to be aware of is the new event happening in Waterloo, which is called the Ride, Dine ‘N’ Stein. This will be a motorcycle event with an Oktoberfest twist! I would like to take the time to point out that the over 40 family and cultural events would not be possible without the efforts of our many volunteers. Efforts like yours make our community a truly wonderful place in which to live, work and play, and for that we thank you! If time allows it, take some time during this nine-day festival to explore all that Waterloo has to offer. From world-class recreation facilities and inviting parks and trails, to excellent library services, wonderful galleries and museums – Waterloo boast a vibrant culture lifestyle our residents and visitors have grown to love.

THE REGION OF WATERLOO Dear Friends, This year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest in Waterloo Region. This is a time of Festhallen, cultural and sporting events, parades, good food, and fun times. It is also a venue for community fundraising and it showcases our community. We have become a very cosmopolitan community but German migration here since the 1800’s has left its mark and we celebrate it together. If you are a visitor or a local, there is something for everyone. Please be part of the fun as we mark Thanksgiving, celebrate a special anniversary, and enjoy all that KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest has to offer in 2018. Ein Prost fűr fűnfzig Jahren. A toast for 50 years!!


Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I wish each of you a wonderful time in Waterloo and I hope that you get to experience the spirit of Gemütlichkeit and have a safe Oktoberfest. Prost! Sincerely,


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Concordia Club

429 Ottawa Street S., Kitchener • 519-745-5617 www.concordiaclub.ca

Join us for the best Oktoberfest experience! Three Festhallen under one roof & the best Schnitzel in town! Our large tent featuring the Black Forest Band, the Main Hall with Edelweiss Trio and the Schenke Restaurant with Twin City Alpine Echo.

Tickets are only available through the Club.

HUBERTUSHAUS 1605 Bleams Road, Mannheim • 519-634-8491 or get tickets at www.oktoberfest.ca



at OKTOBERFESTHAUS LOT 42, 41 Ardelt Pl., Kitchener • 519-744-1191 get tickets at www.oktoberfest.ca

Traditional Food • Great Music Award Winning Entertainment 6 Time Fester’s Choice Award Winners for Best Halle as well as BEST Schnitzel, Sauerkraut and Service!


The Businesses of Downtown Kitchener • Friday, Oct. 5 - 11am - 5pm • Saturday, Oct. 6 - 12pm -6pm • Sunday, Oct. 7 - 12pm - 6pm Great Food Live Entertainment Fun for the Kids



Greetings from Margo Jones

PRESIDENT OF K-W OKTOBERFEST INC. Glückliches 50. Oktoberfest – Happy 50th Anniversary, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! On behalf of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Board of Directors and our 500 volunteers, it is my honour to welcome everyone, young and young at heart, to Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival. For the past two years volunteers have been planning for this very special occasion. Additional activities have been added to the 40 Family and Cultural events, new floats for the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, a commemorative stamp, a new German beer available at the Festhallen, Rogers Hometown Hockey in Downtown Kitchener and so much more will be packed into the ninedays of celebrations. We look forward to welcoming over 700,000 of our closest friends to join us for the 50th Anniversary. As well, international entertainment including a dance group which will be touring the Festhallen and bands both locally and internationally will make the celebrations even more memorable. Come and celebrate at one or all of the accredited Festhallen. Experience the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit and the traditional German treats like the ones I enjoyed in my Grandmother’s kitchen. It’s going to be a very busy Festival you won’t want to miss. Thanks to everyone who over the past 50 years has contributed to the Festival ensuring the social, economic and cultural vitality of our Region. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ist..............WUNDERBAR! Prost!

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Friday & Saturday 11:30pm - approx 2:30am Check bus timetables posted in participating festhallen


Online Trip Planner: www.grt.ca Next Bus Information Text: 5755 & Key in Stop Number Customer Service/Next Bus Call: 519-585-7555 TTTY: 519-575-4608


What to see and do All About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Festhallen/Accredited Community Partners

n History........................................................................14

n Festhallen Calendar................................................. 36

n K- W Oktoberfest Inc. Board of Directors................ 48

n Map of Accredited Festhallen................................. 34

n KWO Experience....................................................... 58

n Festhallen Descriptions........................................... 30

n A Community Partnership....................................... 64

n Accredited Accommodations ................................. 38

n KWO All Year Round................................................. 66

n Accredited Dining, Attractions ................................ 39 n Accredited Retail, Community Partners................. 40

Events n Thanksgiving Weekend ............................................16

In The Community

n Event Calendar......................................................... 18

n Greetings from Dignitaries....................................... 4

n Event Descriptions................................................... 20

n Willkommen from the President.............................. 8

n A Blooming Affair Fashion Show............................. 50

n Oktoberfest Ambassadors....................................... 54

n K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year ........ 50

n Volunteers of the Year ............................................ 60

n Thanksgiving Day Parade........................................ 52

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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Souvenir Button

The essential keepsakes, for all visitors to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, are the official souvenir buttons and pins. Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has created an annual souvenir button and pin featuring Oktoberfest scenes, musicians, dancers and, in more recent years, the lovable Onkel Hans character. This year, the official souvenir buttons and pins commemorate the 50th year of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! The official souvenir button sells for $1.99 and the official souvenir pin sells for $3.99. These are available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store and at all Festhallen. Start your collection today!


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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Getting better with age The origins of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest began with the festivities of a wedding in Bavaria, now celebrating its 208th anniversary! In a far away land known as Bavaria, King Ludwig I married the beautiful princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince’s National Guard thought horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate this joyous occasion. These races were the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the beginning of Oktoberfest. The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. A few years later, booths would be set up for patrons to enjoy food and drink at the festival. In the late 1800s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese (Therese’s Fields) in honour of Ludwig’s bride. Today, a large midway and fair accompany Oktoberfest in Munich, the largest celebration of its kind in the world. The festival extends over two weeks and ends on the first Sunday of October. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest was not established by royal decree, but with a noble motive just the same. In 1969, the founding fathers of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest saw this Bavarian tradition, celebrated in Bingeman Park in Kitchener, as an excellent opportunity to benefit the entire community. Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has developed its own traditions, becoming the largest Bavarian festival in North America, with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in 14 www.oktoberfest.ca

Canada. The civic festival, which celebrates our local German Canadian heritage, has grown from a weekend event in one Festhalle into a nine-day event attracting over 700,000 people. In the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit, on Friday, October 5th at 11:15 am, Carl Zehr Square in Kitchener will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revellers eager to kick-off the 50th Anniversary of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Honoured guests and dignitaries at the official Opening Ceremony will accompany our President, Margo Jones, the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest and our favourite ambassador, Onkel Hans. This year, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is bigger and better than ever with over 40 Family and Cultural Events and many Festhallen. There is something for everyone at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Willkommen to you, your family and friends. Experience a nine-day celebration of heritage, and if someone asks why you are here … tell them Ludwig sent you.

Thanksgiving Weekend


Oktoberfest Style Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas to help plan your weekend!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: Start the Thanksgiving weekend and the 50th Anniversary of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest by attending the official Opening Ceremonies & Keg Tapping at Kitchener City Hall at 11:15am followed by the Mayor’s Lunch sponsored by Pillers. Then spend the day in downtown Kitchener at the Willkommen Platz and Rogers Hometown Hockey in Carl Zehr Square. Lots of incredible food vendors, activities and live music fill the square. If you need Oktoberfest tracht, souvenirs or Festhalle tickets, head over to the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store at the corner of Benton and Charles. You’ll find everything you need to commemorate your visit to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Finish the evening at the Kitchener Rangers Oktoberfest Game where you can bid on a commemorative Rangers Jersey.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6: There are many activities that you and your family can check out on Saturday. The Bogenschuetzenfest Archery competition at Hubertushaus, Erntefest - Harvest Festival, or the free Oktoberfest Family Breakfast are great ways to start your day. Have a delicious Bavarian lunch at Willkommen Platz, or check out the motorcycles in UpTown Waterloo at Ride, Dine ‘N’ Stein. Share a fantastic dinner at one of our participating OktoberLICIOUS Restaurants

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featuring a German inspired menu and end the night at one of eleven fantastic festhallen.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7: It’s the final day of Bogenschuetzenfest at Hubertushaus, where the target is a replica of a wild boar. Head to Downtown Kitchener for lunch at Willkommen Platz, to enjoy more Rogers Hometown Hockey activities and to do some shopping in the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store for cute souvenirs, tracht and Festhallen tickets or to buy a bleacher seat for the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade happening Monday.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8: Rise and Shine! It’s time to secure your spot on the parade route! The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 8:30 am, at Weber and Frederick Streets in Kitchener, and makes its way along Weber to Bridgeport Street in Waterloo. Just before the parade starts, make sure you cheer on the runners from the K-W Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run coming down the route at 8am. They could use your support to achieve their best time. After the parade, plan on taking your family to one of the many Family Day events in our Festhallen. It’s an opportunity for children to get inside and do the chicken dance. Family Day events are planned at the Alpine Club, Altes Muenchen Haus, Concordia Club, Hubertushaus and Schwaben Club. For more information on these events, see the Calendar of Events on page 18 of this FestGuide, visit www.oktoberfest.ca, or call 519-570-4267. www.oktoberfest.ca 16

ANNIVERSARY LOTTERY A Portion of the Proceeds Support The German-Canadian Rememberance Society Community Projects & The Shriners Hospital for Children


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Saturday, October 13, 2018; 2pm At Oktoberfesthaus, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener

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Family & Cultural Events



Date and time

50th Anniversary Concert Celebration


Saturday, September 22, 6pm

Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball


Friday, September 28, 6 pm

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show


Sunday, September 30, Noon Boulevard, 2 pm Fashion Show

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year


Monday, October 1, 7 pm

Cambridge Community Oktoberfest Luncheon


Wednesday, October 3, 11:30 am

Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon


Thursday, October 4, 11:30 am



2018 Porsche Boxster Dream Car Lottery Draw


35th Annual Victoria Place Oktoberfest Celebration


Apollo Drunken Cinema

Fri. Oct 5

Sun. Oct 7

Mon. Oct 8

Tues. Oct 9

Wed. Oct 10

Thurs. Oct 11


Bogenschuetzenfest & Running Boar Tournament


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Kitchener Rangers Oktoberfest Game & Commemorative Jersey Auction

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade



Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

Sun. Oct 14



Erntefest - Harvest Festival

Sat. Oct 13



Kitchener Willkommen Platz

Fri. Oct 12



German Pioneers’ Day

Sat. Oct 6


Sat. Oct 6

Sun. Oct 7

K-W Oktoberfest Bavarian Slo- Spectators Free Pitch Classic



K-W Oktoberfest Natural Classic


9am & 1pm

Oktoberfest Closing Ceremonies


Oktoberfest Opening Ceremonies



Oktoberfest Car Show


Oktoberfest Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration


Oktoberfest Family Breakfast




Oktoberfest Hockey Tournament

Fri. Oct 5


Ride, Dine ‘N’ Stein


So You Think You Can Tanz


Taste of Oktoberfest


Thanksgiving Day Fall Harvest - Waterloo Region Museum


UpTown Waterloo Great Oktoberfest Barrel race


Victorian Thanksgiving at Woodside


Thurs. Oct 11

Fri. Sat. Sun. CATEGORY NAME Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14

9am 3pm

7:30am11am October 19 - 21, 2018 variety of local rinks and times September 24 - October 14, 2018 (see list of restaurants at www.oktoberfest.ca)




Rogers Hometown Hockey

Wed. Oct 10



Onkel Hans Food Drive

Tues. Oct 9


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EVENT DESCRIPTIONS 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration Saturday, September 22; 6pm Concordia Club 429 Ottawa Street S., Kitchener (L/E;C/M/D; F/LH)

Join Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest as we celebrate 50 years of Gemütlichkeit at our Anniversary Concert Celebration! Experience an authentic festhalle atmosphere and amazing live entertainment! Thanks to the generous support of the Celebrate Ontario Fund, we are excited to welcome headliners Dallas Smith and Cold Creek County! The event will be an Oktoberfest Celebration held in the historic Concordia Club Tent on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The evening will start with traditional German culture, exciting Dance Groups in full costume, cultural entertainers, the tasting of fine German foods and beverages and caps off with Canada’s top country artists! A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Onkel Hans Food Drive, in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Get your tickets now! GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: Before September 14 $55+HST, After September 15 $65+HST To order call 519-570-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show presented by Heffner Lexus

Sunday, September 30; Noon: Grand Magazine’s Boulevard of Boutiques, 2 pm: Show Oktoberfesthaus @ LOT 42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener (L/E)

Join us for an afternoon of local fashion, entertainment and a chance for a cocktail brunch with the girls! The 45th annual show will highlight fall fashion from the Region’s leading independent retailers. With doors opening at Noon, guests can browse and

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shop at the popular “Boulevard of Boutiques”, presented by Grand Magazine. Advance tickets are recommended. General Admission Tickets: $40 pp; VIP Admission Tickets: $50 pp To order call 519-570-4267 ext. 221or www.oktoberfest.ca

Walk-ins: $19.91 plus tax/pp INFO: Contact 226-646-1196 or mail kitchener@batlgrounds.com

Apollo Drunken Cinema: Big Trouble in Little China Saturday, October 13; 9pm

Apollo Cinema 141 Ontario Street N.; Kitchener (L/E)

We’re bringing you an interactive drinking game for one of the most beloved 80’s cult classics, Big Trouble in Little China! We welcome you all aboard the Pork Chop Express to re-visit John Carpenter’s “action adventure comedy kung fu ghost story monster movie” at the Apollo Cinema this Oktober(fest). Experience the special effects, action and memorable Jack Burton moments on the big screen with a great crowd! There will be popcorn, wine & beer, trailers, pretzels and prizes to be given away! ADMISSION: Members - $11; Non-Members $14 Price includes customized drinking game card and prop. INFO: www.apollocinema.ca


Friday, October 5 to Saturday, October 13 12pm - 12am daily BATL/Backyard Axe Throwing League 69 Agnes Street; Kitchener (S/T)

The Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) has pioneered the sport of axe throwing since 2006. BATL’s expert coaches have been teaching residents of Waterloo Region how to throw an axe in a fun and relaxed setting in leagues, or for private events such as parties and team building. Booking times vary and can be made through our website: www.batlgrounds.com. ADMISSION: Events: $35.49 to $40.82 plus tax/pp;

Bogenschuetzenfest & The Running Boar Tournament Saturday, October 6; 9:30am Sunday, October 7; 11am

Hubertushaus (German-Canadian Hunting & Fishing Club), 1605 Bleams Road; Mannheim (located between Mannheim & Regional Road 12) (C/H; FF; S/T)

Bogenschuetzenfest takes place on Saturday, October 6th. The aim is to knock off parts of a styrofoam eagle mounted on top of a 35’ pole. Archers need their own equipment and should have 2 FluFlu arrows.On Sunday, October 7th, participants can compete in the Running Boar Tournament, which is a casual event, where archers shoot at a 3D boar that is pulled across the shooting line. Archers are required to have their own equipment (field point) arrows. TICKETS: Spectators - FREE; Participant Entry Fee: $15.00 (13 & over); $10.00 (under 12); INFO: Contact Andrew McKay at mr.Andrew.j.mckay@gmail.com or 519-578-6197

Cambridge Community Oktoberfest Luncheon

Wednesday, October 3; 11:30am City of Cambridge (Civic Square) 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge (L/E)

The local celebrations will kick-off with an opening ceremony attended by the Cambridge Mayor and City Council, with a free Oktoberfest lunch courtesy of M&M Food Market, on Wednesday, October 3rd at Cambridge Civic Square.

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS There will be a keg tapping ceremony and Maypole Raising, with Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest officials; including, Miss Oktoberfest, Onkel Hans, and live entertainment. FREE EVENT

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Cook Like Oma

Saturday, October 13; 10am - 12pm Kitchener Market - Marketplace 300 King Street E., Kitchener (M/C/S; F/C; F/F)

Bring your family to learn how to make pretzels and other traditional food like Oma makes. Afterwards, enjoy traditional Oktoberfest dancing and music, along with appearances from some of your favorite Oktoberfest mascots! FREE EVENT, with a donation to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. INFO: Contact 519-741-2287 or visit www.kitchenermarket.ca; info@kitchenermarket.ca

Entrepreneur Jr. - Building an Online Store with Shopify Wednesday, October 10; 5pm -7:30pm Shopify 57 Erb Street W., Waterloo (F/F)

Parents and kids are invited to learn how setup their very own online store! You’ll be taken step-by-step through setting up a Shopify store and even teach you a few tips and tricks about how to take the best photographs of your product. This is a great way for your junior entrepreneur to get their business started! This event is recommended for kids 8+ although everyone is welcome to attend. FREE EVENT, Pizza will be provided and a laptop or tablet is required. Parents must stay at the event.

Erntefest – Harvest Festival October 5 - 8 & 10 - 14 Wed. - Sat.: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 1pm - 5pm; Thanksgiving Monday: 10am - 5pm

Schneider Haus National Historic Site 466 Queen Street S., Kitchener (C/H; FF)

Schneider Haus National Historic Site invites you to celebrate Erntefest (Harvest Festival) at Kitchener’s oldest standing dwelling! Come and experience our living history site, with our costumed staff serving traditional German foods like Zwiebelkuchen (onion cake) and Pflaumenkuchen (plum cake), freshly baked in our historic oven. Schneider Haus interprets what life was like in the year 1856, when the second generation of Schneiders resided in the homestead. The site also has exhibit galleries, where we are currently featuring Canada at Play: 100 years of Games, Toys and Sports, a travelling exhibit produced by the Royal Ontario Museum and supplemented with select artifacts from the Schneider Haus collection. ADMISSION: Adults $6.00, Seniors/Students $5.00, Children (ages 5 - 12) $4.00 plus, Children (4 & under) Free, Family (2 adults & dependent children) $15.00 (plus HST on all) INFO: www.schneiderhaus.ca or 519-742-7752

Nineteen years ago, the Ontario Government instituted German Pioneers Day to recognize the achievements of German pioneers in shaping Ontario’s development. Every year, the committee attempts to honour individuals, families or institutions that have made significant contributions to the development of Kitchener, Waterloo County, Ontario, and beyond. The Rotunda will be filled with cultural and historical displays and a Brass Concert is scheduled for 4 pm. The Awards Ceremony begins at 5 pm. ADMISSION: FREE INFO: Contact the German-Canadian Remembrance Society at info@ germanrembrancesociety.com or 519-579-6185


Saturday, October 6; 10am - 3pm KW Gymnastics Club 805 Victoria Street S., Kitchener (FF)

KWGC Gymtoberfest is a family friendly outdoor event serving the community of Victoria Hills. Attendees will enjoy games, BBQ, raffles, childrens entertainment, face painting dunk tank and gymnastics demonstrations. With activities for the whole family Gymtoberfest is a great way for members of the community and beyond to meet new friends & neighbours, win great prizes and a whole lot more. ADMISSION: $10 per family which includes all games. Tickets will be available at the door. Food available at an additional charge. All proceeds to Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics Club INFO: For additional information contact KW Gymnastics at 519-7434970 or visit www.kwgymnastics.ca

German Pioneers’ Day

Tuesday, October 9; 3pm Exhibits, 4pm Brass Band, 5pm Official Program Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda 200 King Street W., Kitchener (C/H)

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EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Kitchener Rangers Oktoberfest Game & Commemorative Jersey Auction

Friday, October 5; Door Open 6pm Puck Drops 7:30pm

sounds of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at Willkommen Platz! FREE EVENT, unless otherwise specified. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Kitchener Memorial Auditorum Complex 400 East Ave, Kitchener (C/H;L/E;FF;S/T)

The Kitchener Rangers are celebrating Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s 50th anniversary with a commemorative Rangers jersey! Join us for exciting in-game events, prizes and of course great hometown hockey as the Kitchener Rangers take on the Saginaw Spirit! The in-game jersey auction opens at 6pm in the Wright Auto Sales Lounge. More details to follow on an online auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. For Tickets: www.kitchenerrangers.com/ individual-tickets

Kitchener Willkommen Platz Presented by Downtown Kitchener BIA October 5; 11am-5pm October 6-7; Noon-6pm

King Street (between Young & Queen St., Kitchener City Hall) (FF; L/E; F)

The hub of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is located at the Willkommen Platz in Downtown Kitchener on King St. near Kitchener City Hall. The “Bavarian Village” features daily entertainment, displays and activities, food and beverages as well as official souvenirs and visitor information. Fun for the whole family. Enjoy the sights and

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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run presented by The Record Monday, October 8; 8am

Start: East Avenue, St. Anne’s School, Kitchener Finish: Moses Springer Arena, 150 Lincoln Rd., Waterloo (S/T)

Kick-off the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade by participating in a 5 KM run down the parade route, with thousands of spectators cheering you on! The run is in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region. Winners of the Kitchener– Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run are whisked away to ride in the Parade! Prizes for Individual, Team & Youth Registrations available. REGISTRATION FEE: Individual Adult Runner: $40 pp; Individual Youth Runner (18 & Under): $25.00; Group/Team Registration (4 people): $160 INFO: Register online at www.5K.oktoberfest.ca or www.runningroom.com, or call 519-570-4267 ext. 237

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store

17 Benton Street (at Charles), Kitchener 519-570-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Come visit the official headquarters of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – where you can purchase tickets to the various events, obtain information or browse

through the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store. The store offers a great collection of Oktoberfest souvenir items; pins & buttons, hats & feathers, t-shirts, glassware, shot glasses and lots more! You’ll find unique collectibles such as the imported German/Bavarian Steins and authentic trachten such as dirndls and lederhosen. This year don’t just join the party….be the party! Festival Hours: Fri. Oct. 5 to Sun. Oct.7 Mon.Oct. 8 (Thanksgiving) Tues. Oct.9 - Thur. Oct.11 Fri. Oct 12 & Sat.Oct. 13

10am - 8pm 10am - 6pm 12pm - 6pm 10am - 8pm

519-570-4267 or 1-888-294-4267; officialstore@oktoberfest.ca

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Monday, October 8; 8:30am

Kitchener to Waterloo along Weber St. Start: Weber St & Frederick St, Kitchener Finish: Weber & Bridgeport Rd, Waterloo (L/E)

Bands from across North America, spectacular floats and more are featured in Canada’s largest Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Parade travels almost 5 km, entertaining a crowd of over 150,000 cheering spectators and is enjoyed nationally on the CTV Network by over 1.8 million viewers. A highlight is the Parade’s Grand Marshall whose identity remains top secret until just prior to the start of the Festival. FREE EVENT; $8 bleacher seat tickets call 519-570-4267 x 233 or www.oktoberfest.ca

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS K-W Oktoberfest Bavarian Slo-Pitch Classic

Tickets are $160+HST per person and are available by request at annettew@oktoberfest.ca or 519-570-4267 x227

Saturday, October 6; 10am - 6pm Sunday, October 7; 10am - 6pm

Tournament Headquarters Bingemans Boston Pizza Sports Bar 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener (S/T)

Teams from across Ontario, in all divisions (Mens, Ladies, and Co-ed) to compete in qualifying for the 2019 Provincial Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Games will be played on ball diamonds in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge area. INFO: www.scsp.ca to register your team or contact Mike Condie (519-895-9077 or m-condie@rogers.com)

K-W Oktoberfest Natural Classic Saturday, October 6; Pre-Judging: 9am Awards Show: 1pm

Maxwells Concert Hall 35 University Avenue E., Waterloo (C/A; FF; S/T)

For 8 years some of the fittest athletes have stepped on the stage at the #KWOSHOW! Celebrating fitness, hard work and a passion for life. These athletes go through 16-20 weeks of dieting and intense training to come to KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest in hopes of achieving the overall title! ADMISSION: : Pre-Judging: $25.00; Awards: $40.00. Tickets can be purchased, with cash, at the door. INFO: Visit www.kwoshow.com or contact Melissa Melynchuk at melis.melynchuk@gmail.com.

Official Closing Ceremonies Saturday, October 13; 12:30am

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Monday, October 1; 7pm

Oktoberfesthaus @ LOT 42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener (L/E)

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognizes outstanding women in the community in 10 categories – Arts & Culture; Community Service; Entrepreneur; Group Achievement; Health & Wellness; Lifetime Achievement; Professional; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM), Sports & Recreation and Young Adult. An award recipient is chosen from each category. In celebration of our 50th Anniversary 50 past recipients are invited to attend this year’s event courtesy of Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability Law. TICKETS: $40 pp+HST; to order call 519-570-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Chicopee Haus 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener (L/E; F/LH)

2018 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest closes with a bang at the Official Closing Ceremonies. Say good bye to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for another year! The evening includes visits from Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and many more! Tickets available at KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball presented by Pfaff/Porsche of London

Official Opening Ceremonies

Oktoberfesthaus @ LOT 42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener (L/E)

The fanfare of trumpeters will be sounding from the rooftops on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 11:15 am, announcing the Official Opening of the 50th annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, North America’s largest Bavarian festival! Carl Zehr Square will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revelers eager to begin the Festival. Honoured guests and dignitaries will accompany our President, Margo Jones, the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest and our favourite ambassador Onkel Hans in kicking

Friday, September 28; 6pm-1am

The Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball, presented by Pfaff / Porsche of London, is the premier black tie event of the Festival. This elegant evening begins with a cocktail party and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing to a live band. The crowning of Miss Oktoberfest 2018 promises to be the highlight of the evening. A special champagne toast provided by Relax Bubbles will help us celebrate 50 years in style. Join us for the “Waterloo Region Social Event of the Year!”

Friday, October 5; 11:15am

Kitchener City Hall - Carl Zehr Square 200 King Street W., Kitchener (L/E)

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EVENT DESCRIPTIONS off the nine days of celebration and the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit. A special performance of 50 accordionists led by the king of polka, Walter Ostanek will kick off our 50th Anniversary Celebrations. FREE EVENT The ceremony is televised by CTV at 12:15 pm. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Oktoberfest Car Show

Saturday, October 13; 9am – 3pm The Inn of Waterloo Parking Lot 475 King Street N., Waterloo (L/E)

Bring your vehicle to The Inn of Waterloo Parking Lot on Saturday, October 13th and display it for all to see! Vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages line King Street during this annual event. No cost to enter a vehicle! Call the KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest office to register. FREE EVENT INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Oktoberfest Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration Tuesday, October 9; 9:45am

A.R Kaufman Public School 11 Chopin Drive, Kitchener (C/H; FF)

Join the Kiwanis Club of Elmira Waterloo North Satellite in saying ‘Willkommen’ to new Canadian citizens, as they take the citizenship ceremony which is a formalized rite of passage that pin points the entry into the Canadian family. Stay and join us for refreshments to celebrate our new Canadians. FREE EVENT

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Oktoberfest Family Breakfast


Bingemans 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener (C/H; F; FF)

This unique culinary celebration is the perfect opportunity to explore the variety and talent of our local restaurants with a prix-fixe program that gives exceptional value with a Bavarian Twist for a limited time! Visit one of the many participating Oktoberlicious partners for truly authentic Bavarian cuisine at a great price! Prices vary by venue. INFO: 519-5704267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Saturday, October 6; 7:30am – 11am*

*While Supplies Last

Join us for the FREE Oktoberfest Family Breakfast hosted by CHYM 96.7, Country 106.7 and 570News! Enjoy FREE Aunt Jemima pancakes and Pillers sausages, Wellesley Apple Cider and Tim Hortons coffee! Pancakes and sausages prepared by the students of the Conestoga College Culinary Arts students. FFREE EVENT, Donations to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region encouraged and greatly appreciated. INFO: www.chymfm.com; www. Country1067.com; www.570news.com or call 519-743-2611

Oktoberfest Hockey Tournament

October 19 – 21; Various times Starting at 7am until 10pm daily Various Kitchener Rinks (Activa Sportsplex, AUD Complex, Grand River, Don McLaren, Lions & Sportsworld) (L/E; FF; S/T)

Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (KMHA) welcomes all the Hockey Players, Parents, Team Officials and fans to the 45th Annual Oktoberfest Hockey Tournament. The competitive tournament attracts the best Boys Atom teams (ages 9 - 10) in North America and will provide the highest level of competition. Proceeds from this event will go to Kitchener Minor Hockey. FREE for Spectators; INFO: www.kitchenerminorhockey.com

September 24 - October 14 Waterloo Region Restaurants (C/H; F)

Onkel Hans Food Drive Monday, October 8; 8:30am

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade (Weber Street, from Frederick St. & Bridgeport Rd.) (L/E)

Share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by helping the community with the Onkel Hans Food Drive, supported by Sobeys, Piller’s, Waterloo Nissan, Kitchener Nissan and Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability Law taking place during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. Please bring your non-perishable food items to the Parade and volunteers will gladly pick them up along the parade route. Thank you for lending a helping hand! FREE EVENT; Donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region on the parade route and online at www.oktoberfest.ca

2018 Porsche Boxster Dream Car Lottery Draw Saturday, October 13; 2pm Oktoberfesthaus @ LOT 42 41 Ardelt Pl, Kitchener (C/A)

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kitchener-Waterloo

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Oktoberfest, we have teamed up with Pfaff and Porsche of London to present the 2018 Porsche Boxster “Dream Car” Lottery. Tickets for the lottery are on sale for $100 ea. or 3 for $250. The winning ticket will be drawn at a free event at Oktoberfesthaus @ LOT 42 on the final afternoon of the festival. FREE EVENT

your family out for a free hockey celebration featuring NHL alumni, local celebrities, live entertainment and engaging activities for the whole family. On Sunday, enjoy an outdoor viewing party of a national NHL game broadcast hosted live by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sportsnet. FREE EVENT

Ride Dine ‘N’ Stein

Saturday, October 6; 10am Waterloo City Hall 100 Regina Street S., Waterloo (L/E)

Motorcyclists from across Ontario are invited to the Waterloo Region for an afternoon of entertainment, good food and cheer. Bikes will fill the parking lot of Waterloo City Hall and there will be a variety of vendors and people watching. There are many activities tailored to the motorcycle community, families and rider and non-rider alike. Into the evening, motorcyclists can enjoy a VIP experience at Oktoberfesthaus with the FULL THROTTLE package! Whether you are riding solo or with a group of friends, there is something for everyone! INFO: 519-570-4267 x233, 1-888294-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Rogers Hometown Hockey

Friday October 5 - Sunday October 7 Kitchener City Hall - Carl Zehr Square 200 King Street W., Kitchener (L/E; FF; S/T)

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, Canada’s ultimate touring hockey festival, is coming to Kitchener on October 5, 6 and 7. Bring

So You Think You Can Tanz Tuesday, October 9; 6pm

Alpine Club 464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener (C/H; C/M/D; C/A)

Celebrating 11 years - So You Think You Can Tanz was created in 2008 to showcase the local German dance groups in a friendly competition. This annual event at the Alpine Club is the HOTTEST ticket in town! Come out to see who will be crowned winner for this year! Along with this action packed event, dance your shoes off to the music of Wildbahn and show your support of the local German dance groups! ADMISSION: $15.00 per person. Seating on first come first served basis, reserved seating available for groups of 10+. Tickets available through Alpine Club, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s Official Retail Store, or contact the participating groups. Be sure to Like Us on Facebook (Alpine ClubKW) and Follow Us on Twitter (@ AlpineClubKW) for regular updates on the event! INFO: Visit www.alpineclub.ca, call (519)570-4267 x233.

Taste of Oktoberfest hosted by Taste of the Region Saturday, October 6 & Saturday, October 13 Various restaurants & festhallen (C/M/D; L/E)

On October 6th and 13th Tour some of the region’s most popular restaurants and enjoy Bavarian style cuisine and beverages. Two (2) stops per tour, VIP at the festhallen, chances to win great prizes, an online silent auction and super-fun hosts. A portion of the proceeds from this event will directly support the Onkel Hans Food Drive. TICKETS: $135 +HST for more information contact karimak@ oktoberfest.ca or info@tasteoftheregion.net

Thanksgiving Day Fall Harvest – Waterloo Region Museum Monday, October 8; 9:30am - 4pm

Waterloo Region Museum / Doon Heritage Village, 10 Huron Road, Kitchener (C/H; FF; L/E)

After the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, visit our Thanksgiving Day Fall Harvest event, that celebrates autumn in the picturesque 60 acre Doon Heritage Village. Bring your family for an afternoon of fun activities and enjoy the magnificent colours of fall at one of the prettiest places in Waterloo Region. This event features horse-drawn wagon rides, live music and seasonal family fun activities! During your visit, experience the Waterloo Region Museum indoor galleries and explore 12,000 years of Waterloo Region’s past, present and future from the ice age to the Blackberry. Admission includes museum & village. ADMISSION: Adults - $11, Students / Seniors - $8, Children (5-12) - $5, Children under 5 are free INFO: call 519-748-1914 or www.waterlooregionmuseum.com

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EVENT DESCRIPTIONS 35th Annual Victoria Place Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 10; 11:30am-2pm Victoria Place 290 Queen Street S., Kitchener (C/M/D; L/E)

UpTown Waterloo Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race

Saturday, October 13; 11am-1pm Waterloo Public Square 75 King Street S., Waterloo (S/T)

Roll out the Barrel! Participate in our annual relay-style keg race! Register your team of four for a chance to win prize bags full of sponsored goodies. Children can participate, too, with wheel barrow races! Proceeds go to supporting Habitat for Humanity KW. FREE EVENT for spectators; Registration: $35.00, Same-Day Registration: $40 (4 members per team) INFO: Contact UpTown Waterloo BIA at www.uptownwaterloobia.com; uptownwaterloobia@waterloo.ca or 519-885-1921.

Event Categories C/H= Cultural / Heritage; F= Food; L/E= Leisure / Entertainment (Parades); M/C/S=Markets, Crafts & Shopping; C/M/D=Concert / Music / Dance; F/LH=Festhallen / Licensed Hall; C/A= Contest / Awards; FF= Family Friendly; S/T= Sports & Tournaments;

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Join us at Victoria Place to celebrate our 35th Annual Oktoberfest! This event will be great for seniors in KitchenerWaterloo! Enjoy a menu of Oktoberfest cuisine. Seating is limited, call ahead. FREE Admission, RSVP; Tickets for food and beverages will be sold at Victoria Place, 290 Queen Street S., Kitchener INFO: visit www.reveraliving.com or call 519-576-1300.

Victorian Thanksgiving at Woodside

October 5 - 8, 12 - 15; 10am - 4 pm Woodside National Historic Site 528 Wellington Street N. (off Spring Valley Road), Kitchener (C/H; FF)

Tour Woodside National Historic Site, the boyhood home of Canada’s tenth Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King! This season marks the 40 year anniversary of King’s career (19081948). Decorated for the harvest season, assorted autumn fruits, berries and grains are tastefully arranged to make colourful centerpieces! What better place to prepare you and your family for your Thanksgiving meal than

stepping back into 1891. Explore the site at your leisure, enjoy crafts & special activities. ADMISSION: Adult: $3.90; Senior: $3.40; Youth 16 & under are free! INFO: Visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ woodside or call 519-571-5684

Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon

Thursday, October 4; 11:30 am – 1 pm Waterloo Public Square 75 King Street South (King & Willis Way) Uptown Waterloo (L/E)

Join our hosts, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky and the City of Waterloo Council as they kick-off the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrations with a mouth-watering free lunch courtesy of Piller’s. Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and the Black Forest Band will be on-hand to entertain and greet you at this annual event. FREE EVENT INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or www.oktoberfest.ca


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Try one for FREE at: Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon October 4th @ 11:00 am OR with a donation at: Kitchener City Council Grillfest in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region October 5th @ 11:00 am During Kitchener-Waterloo Opening Ceremonies

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DECEMBER 6-9, 2018 at Kitchener City Hall christkindl.ca #christkindlCA

Free Admission

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s CATEGORY NAME Newest Festhalle!







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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Accredited Festhallen


Festhallen are where the core of activities and festivities can be found. These Bavarian decorated buildings, or tents, have a capacity from 250 to 4,500 people! The five German Clubs are very popular, but all Festhallen must meet certain criteria … offering award winning oompah bands, Bavarian dancers, and mouth watering cuisine. All accredited Festhallen are licensed by the AGCO, serve continuous snacks, dinners and beverages, and provide traditional entertainment. Festhallen are casual dress; unless specified, jeans are permitted. Be comfortable. Proper footwear is a must everywhere!


464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener 519-744-1521 www.alpineclub.ca

Famous for our Apple Strudel, the Alpine Club is one of the best-known GermanCanadian Clubs. Come out for a traditional home-cooked meal and stay for a night filled with music and dancing. The Alpine Club, founded in 1953 by members originating from Gottschee, Austria and Germany, is located where they settled in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The Alpine Club maintains and nurtures its traditions of speaking Gottscheerisch, German and English, not only during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, but throughout the year. As one of the best known German-Canadian Clubs, the cozy atmosphere, combined with delicious cooked meals, entertainment by ethnic German dance groups and great music, make the Alpine Club a popular choice on any of the eight days we are open during KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest! There is no typical crowd at the Alpine Club; you will find the patrons range from

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University students to senior citizens, and everything in between. There is something for everyone at the Alpine Club! Neat, casual dress, or Tracht.

Capacity: 400

ALTES MUENCHEN HAUS (Queensmount Arena Lions Club of Kitchener) 1260 Queen’s Boulevard, Kitchener 519-741-1541 www.lionsclubofkitchener.com

Visit Altes Muenchen Haus and support the Kitchener Lions Club! During the festival, Queensmount Arena, in Kitchener is transformed

into Altes Muenchen Haus - a hotspot of German hospitality! Canada’s Polka King, Walter Ostanek makes Altes Muenchen Haus his home during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, and he keeps the celebration lively! Thanksgiving Monday is Family Day where lots of activities make Altes Muenchen Haus a place for Family Fun for kids of all ages. Donations to the Food Bank are accepted in lieu of admission on Family Day! Altes Muenchen Haus, located in Queensmount Arena, is transformed into the home for all things Oktoberfest; lively entertainment, bright Bavarian decor and special events offer something for everyone at this festhalle, whether reuniting with old friends or meeting for the first time!

Capacity: 2,050


Tickets are only available through the Club. Call 519-745-5617 or visit www.concordiaclub.ca

Capacity: 3,950


(Chicopee) 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener 519-894-5610



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Chicopee Haus offers a unique fun-filled Oktoberfest experience! Chicopee has been a not-for-profit pillar in this region since 1934. During Oktoberfest, our rustic chalet is transformed into a festhalle that defines Gemütlichkeit! Enjoy the evening relaxing outdoors on one of our Muskoka chairs by the fire pit, or try your luck in the shooting range; fire a pumpkin from our trebuchet, shoot the potato guns, blast a pumpkin from the canon, or throw an axe in the range. Be entertained indoors by our award winning haus band, Fred Hale & Kenny Munshaw, or enjoy our two and four person shot ski experience. Indulge in our famous late night menu; featuring our famous Sauerkraut Fritters and other amazing Bavarian treats! We have ample free parking.

Capacity: 450

429 Ottawa Street S., Kitchener 519-745-5617 The Concordia Club is the largest ethnic German Club in Canada. The entertainment and food during the festival, as well as the rest of the year, is as unique and diverse as is the heritage of the Concordia Club. The Concordia Club is a non-profit organization. There are 18 social activity groups who call the club “their home,” such as a Choir, Ballroom Dancing, Skat, Soccer, Ice Curling, Beach Volleyball, Mardi Gras and so on. Hospitality plays a major role in the clubs’ activities throughout the year with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest being the absolute highlight of all cultural events. With the addition of a large tent, the club can accommodate almost 4,000 guests joining the best party in town. The Schenke (Tavern) offers up great German fare six days a week, all year round! Dress: clean & casual and Bavarian Tracht, of course.


Western Fair District Carousel Room 900 King Street, London 1-800-619-4629 www.westernfairdistrict.com

Das Bierhaus will be in full swing as part of 2018 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, as the fun continues down the 401 in London. Operating in a more intimate setting to ensure we get the party rocking, Das Bierhaus will be presenting the sights, sounds and flavours of Bavaria in the Carousel Room at the Western Fair District. Come dance, cheer and indulge in the live music, entertainment, food and beverage that you can only find during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in London. Ticket’s sold directly through the Western Fair District. We look forward to seeing everyone at Das Bierhaus!

Capacity: 600

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ACCREDITED FESTHALLEN during the week, and a great place to party on the weekends, it is definitely a hot spot to be, with casual dining and so much more. Provides the best in local favourites and classic Irish dishes and drinks. Featuring the largest patio in the tri-city areas. Special Oktoberfest menu, festivities, and giveaways. With Gemütlichkeit and more, it’s THE place to be!

Capacity: 275 inside Capacity: 230 outdoor patio


(German-Canadian Hunting & Fishing Club) 1605 Bleams Road, Mannheim 519-634-8491 www.hubertushaus.ca

Hubertushaus, an award winning festhalle, offers all ages the very best of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Friendly staff welcomes you to our unique festhalle decorated in traditional Oktoberfest theme. Enjoy the true meaning of Gemütlichkeit! Enjoy our specialties; Rollbratten (pork tenderloin roasted on a spit) served with Spaetzle Noodles & Coleslaw or Breaded Pork Schnitzel served with Potato Salad & Coleslaw as well as a selection of scrumptious cakes and tortes. Also available, Schnitzel or Sausage on a bun with Sauerkraut. Choose from the many activities including: Bogenschuetzenfest, Family Day and enjoyable evenings with authentic Oktoberfest music by “Seven Castles”, food & dance groups. Let Hubertushaus make your KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest visit a truly memorable experience!

Capacity: 450

KOENIGSTRASSE GARTEN (Bobby O’Brien’s) 125 King Street W., Kitchener 519-743-5657 www.bobbyobriens.com

Offering a relaxed environment

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(Slovenian Association) 50 Scheifele Place, Breslau 519-648-2773 www.sava.ca

Willkommen! Voted repeatedly as the festhalle with the “Best Food,” you won’t want to miss the very best mouth-watering home-cooked German specialties. They offer an authentic Oktoberfest experience complete with original Oberkrainer music, entertainment provided by award-winning bands and traditional dance groups including, K-W’s beloved Schuhplattlers, Folk Dancers and Mladis Glas Planika from Toronto. Games, contests, prizes, lots of singing and dancing. Oberkrainer Haus has proudly participated in Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival for over 46 years and continues to offer festival-goers one of the liveliest Oktoberfest experiences! The modern and newly renovated multiaward winning Oberkrainer Haus welcomes you with open arms to enjoy their outdoor patio and picturesque gardens. Try your hand at the stein-holding competition or share a shotski with friends! You MUST visit Oberkrainer Haus! Having something for everyone, Oberkrainer Haus sells out very quickly. Auf wieder sehen!

Capacity: 200


LOT 42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener 519-570-4267 www.oktoberfesthaus.ca

Oktoberfesthaus is the closest experience you’re going to get without hopping on a plane to Munich! Join thousands in an enormous Bavarian-style Festhalle as we celebrate German Culture, food, beer, and Oom-pah-pah music. Dance the night away to the sounds of the Golden Keys – Das Uber Band and enjoy performances from local and international dance groups. Nightly keg-tappings will keep the spirit of Gemütlichkeit alive each night. Our food offerings are second to none. With specialty items prepared and served by the award winning Transylvania Club, you will get mouth-watering authentic German food such as Schnitzel, Pigtails and Cabbage Rolls, just to mention a few. Our “Presidents Loft” VIP Experience provides an outstanding view of the main hall, easy access to the dance floor and exclusive food and drink offerings. Expect a unique experience featuring a mix of authentic and modern music and an atmosphere applicable to young and experienced alike. For your enjoyment we have imported Bavarian communal tables and benches direct from Germany along with Erdinger Bier. Oktoberfesthaus ist Wunderbar!

Capacity: 4500



1668 King Street E., Kitchener (enter off Weber, Opposite Eastwood Collegiate) 519-742-7979

Club is famous for our delicious Oktoberfest menu, featuring a variety of traditional German favorites like schnitzel, cabbage rolls, strudel and other delicacies. See you at the Schwaben Club for GEMÜTLICHKEIT! Casual dress or Tracht!

Capacity: 640


To truly experience a traditional Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, everyone must visit the Schwaben Club. We offer two lively Festhallen, featuring live entertainment by the talented Weiss Blau Band and the always entertaining Steve Angel Band, plus performances by local dance groups, including our own Schwaben Dancers and Donau Dancers. The Schwaben


LOT 42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener 519-744-1191 www.transylvaniaclub.com

Fest with the best this year! Transylvania Haus will be partnering with Oktoberfesthaus for the 2018 festival. As the 2017 winners of the “Best Customer Service”

and “Most Authentic German Food” awards, Transylvania Haus will be bringing their renowned German hospitality to KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest’s newest festhalle! You’ll have access to Oktoberfesthaus, with incredible entertainment, authentic food, polka-worthy music, and the Transylvania Haus gemütlichkeit that you know and love! You won’t want to miss performances by the Transylvania Club Dance Group, who are multi-year winners of the “So You Think You Can Tanz” competition and have performed across Europe and North America. Tickets for Transylvania Haus at Oktoberfesthaus are available each night Oktoberfesthaus is open!

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Alpine Club

Altes Muenchen Haus (Queensmount Arena)

Chicopee Haus

Concordia Club

Das Bierhaus (Western Fair District London)

Hubertushaus (Petersburg)






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Schwaben Club

Transylvania Haus at Oktoberfesthaus


Oberkrainer Haus (Breslau)

Koenigstrasse Garten (Bobby O’Brien’s)

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German Club


Alpine Club (S)

Altes Muenchen Haus (Queensmount Arena) (L)

Chicopee Haus (S)

Concordia Club (L)

Das Bierhaus Western Fair District London (S)






6pm - 1am $29

7pm - 1am $19.50+HST

6pm - 1am $ 15

Fri. Oct .5

$12 6pm - 1am $26

matinee dance group showcase


8pm - 1am $20+HST (adv.) $25+HST (door)

7pm - 1am $25+HST Ft Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk

5pm - 1am $ 17

Sat. Oct. 6

12pm - 6pm $12 Family Day

1pm - 6pm $ 10 Family Day

Sun. Oct. 7

11am - 6pm $12 Family Day

11am - 6pm $5+HSTor Donation to Food Bank Family Day

1pm - 6pm $ 10 Family Day

Mon. Oct. 8

6pm - 11pm (Schenke Only) Free with Food Bank Donation

6pm - 11pm $15 So You Think You Can Tanz

Tues. Oct. 9

7pm - 1am $16 Student/ Industry Night

Wed. Oct. 10

6pm - 12am $22 Corporate Night

6pm - 11pm $ 10

Thurs. Oct. 11

6pm - 12am $10

6pm - 1am $26

8pm - 1am $20+HST (adv.) $25+HST (door)

7pm - 1am $25+HST Ft Lulu’s Roadhouse Band & Too Mutch Clutch

6pm - 1am $ 17

Fri. Oct. 12

6pm - 12am $10

6pm - 1am $29

8pm - 1am $20+HST (adv.) $25+HST (door)

7pm - 1am $19.50+HST

5pm - 1am $ 20

Sat. Oct. 13

All accredited Festhallen are licensed by the AGCO; serve continuous snacks, dinners & beverages and provide traditional entertainment. Capacity Code: L (over 1200) M (600–1200) S (under 600)

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Oberkrainer Haus (Breslau) (S)

Oktoberfeshaus (LOT 42) (L)

Transylvania Club





Koenigstrasse Haus (Bobby O’Briens) (S)


Schwaben Hall

Schwaben Hall



Main Hall

5pm - 1am $22+HST

Main Hall

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

12pm - 2am FREE

10am -4am $22 Bogenschuetzenfest 6:30pm -1am $22

6pm - 1am $20+HST

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

12pm - 2am FREE

6:30pm -1am $19 Rock Around the Keg

11am - 4pm $10+HST adults Family Day 10 & under free

12pm - 2am FREE

Family Day

11:30 -4:30pm $15 Kids 14& Under FREE

11:30am - 2am FREE

11:30am - 2am FREE

11:30am - 2am FREE

5pm - 11pm $13+HST

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

11:30am - 2am FREE

Main Hall Schwaben Hall

Schwaben Hall


Main Hall


5pm - 1am $28+HST

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

5pm - 1am $21 +HST

12pm - 2am FREE

6:30pm 1am $26

6pm - 1am $20+HST

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

5pm - 1am $21 +HST

12pm- 2am FREE

6:30pm - 1am $22

Information and Prices Are Subject to Change. A nominal service charge of $4.00+HST applies to each ticket purchased. If applicable, a $3.25+HST print at home service fee will apply. All Sales Final – No Refund – No Exchange – No minors permitted in halls except on Family Days. For tickets & information: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store 519-570-4267 x233 or visit us online at www.oktoberfest.ca.

Schwaben Club (M)

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ACCOMMODATIONS Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel

730 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 519-623-4600 sales@bwcambridge.com www.bwcambridge.com Welcome to the Best Western Plus Cambridge Hotel, where you will find our friendly staff, exceptional customer service & many other comforts for a welcoming place to stay. We are located at Hwy. 401, minutes away from the heart of Oktoberfest activities held in Kitchener & Cambridge. Our spacious guest rooms & suites are fully equipped with a refrigerator, complimentary wireless high-speed internet & a 37” flat screen TV. Other amenities included in your rate are a hot buffet breakfast served in our tastefully designed lobby. Our indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub area has been recently renovated for your relaxation and enjoyment. We also offer an on-site fitness facility. Please contact us directly and take advantage of our special Oktoberfest rate starting at $125.00 plus taxes.

Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre

700 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 1-866-622-1505 info@cambridgehotel.ca www.cambridgehotel.ca The Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre is an independently owned full service hotel with 137 guest rooms. The hotel features the newly renovated Bruce Graft House with a stone fire pizza oven and 10, 000 square feet of conference space. Unrestricted by familiar franchise policies, our independence encourages our team to take every opportunity to go above and beyond your expectations.

Courtyard by Marriott WaterlooSt. Jacobs 50 Benjamin Road W., Waterloo 519-884-9295

www.courtyardwaterloo.com The Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs is within walking distance to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market,

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Outlet Mall, Waterloo Central Railway, next door to the St. Jacobs Playhouse Theatre and just a short distance to the Village of St. Jacobs. Whether attending Oktoberfest events or festhallen, the Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs is the place for you! Ask us about our Theatre or Mennonite packages.

Crowne Plaza KitchenerWaterloo 105 King Street E., Kitchener 519-744-4141

www.crowneplaza.com Located in the Market District, near Victoria Park of downtown Kitchener and within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions, The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo was designed with modern style and amenities to help our guests relax, rest and connect so you may continue on your journey to success. As Kitchener’s premier full service hotel and conference centre, we offer 201 modern guestrooms, 15,000 square feet of meeting/event space, onsite restaurant and lounge, indoor swimming pool, extensive fitness and recreation centre with two bowling lanes, mini putt and more.

Delta Waterloo

110 Erb Street W., Waterloo 519-514-0404 wat.reservations.sm@deltahotels.com www.marriott.com/ykfdw Allow the Delta Hotel Waterloo to set a new standard for style and sophistication. Out hotel features an incomparable location Uptown Waterloo, allowing for convenient travel to a wealth of exciting attractions in Vibrant Kitchener-Waterloo. Overflowing with boutique amenities, our hotel rooms offer sleek modern design and plenty of space to unwind after a long day. Whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, you can make use of our wide assortment of helpful amenities. Work out on your own schedule at our 24-hour fitness centre, take a refreshing dip in our indoor pool or savor a handcrafted meal at our signature Proof Kitchen & Lounge. In addition, our central location places you near the University of Waterloo,

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and much more. Savvy travelers choose the Delta Hotel Waterloo.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo-St. Jacobs 14 Benjamin Road, Waterloo 519-772-9800

hiexwaterloosj@hotmail.com www.hiexpress.com/waterloosj Our Award Winning hotel is only steps away from the St. Jacobs Farmers Market and Outlet Mall. Every room in our IHG Brand Hotel comes with a mini fridge, microwave, Keurig tea and coffee maker as well as a built in safe. Enjoy our complimentary hot buffet breakfast served daily from 6am-10am with eggs, bacon, makeyour-own-pancakes, hot & cold cereals, cinnamon buns and much more. We have an indoor heated pool and a high tech fitness facility. Our hotel has complimentary WIFI and parking. We look forward to having you stay with us at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Waterloo – St. Jacobs. Ein Prosit!

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Waterloo/St. Jacobs 45 Benjamin Road, St. Jacobs 519-514-0088

yhmsj_ds@hilton.com www.homewoodsuites.com A modern, extended-stay hotel set in the Waterloo Region of Southern Ontario. Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs boasts a fantastic location within walking distance of St. Jacobs Outlet Mall, the Farmers Market and the charming village of St. Jacobs. Each of our comfortable one –and twobedroom suites features a separate living area, complementary internet access, a spacious desk and an LCD TV. Prepare meals in the kitchen that has a cooktop, microwave, dishwasher and full-size refrigerator. Savor a complementary hot full breakfast each morning of your stay, and after a busy day, relax with our complimentary evening social (Monday through Thursday). Buy snacks, gifts and sundries in our on-site shop. Exercise in the fitness centre, improve your golf skills on the putting green or refresh in the indoor swimming pool.

ACCREDITED PARTNERS Olde Heidelberg Restaurant, Tavern & Motel

3006 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg 519-699-4413 heidelbergrestaurantandtavern@gmail.com www.oldhh.com Join us for a family meal in the restaurant, bring your friends in for a pint or two in the tavern, or spend the night in one of our comfortably furnished, reasonably priced motel rooms. Established in 1860 as a stage coach shop, the Heidelberg Restaurant and Tavern is renowned for its generous servings of ribs, pigtails, smoked pork hocks, sausages, schnitzel, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Specializing in German and Canadian style dishes. Located just 5 minutes north of Waterloo, we serve up Oktoberfest all year long.

Radisson Hotel Kitchener- Waterloo

2960 King Street E., Kitchener 519-894-9500 or 800-967-9033 whg7107res@whg.com www.radisson.com/kitchenerca Willkommen! A warm welcome to Oktoberfest guests to the Radisson Hotel K-W, where we take pride in personal and friendly service! Well-appointed guestrooms and one bedroom suites, each with a fridge, microwave, free internet, flat screen TV and in room movies. Enjoy our heated indoor pool or workout in our fitness centre. Free parking and 4 amazing onsite restaurants. We are 100% non-smoking and pet friendly! Centrally located with easy access to major highways and within 10 minutes to many Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Festhallen and events!

The Walper Hotel

20 Queen Street S., Kitchener 519-745-4321 x112 www.walper.com Immerse yourself in the historic charm of The Walper Hotel, Kitchener-Waterloo’s Boutique Hotel. This iconic 1893 landmark building is in the epicentre of Kitchener’s oldest neighbourhoods, now a hub of vibrant growth partly due to the

buzzing tech scene of the WaterlooToronto Tech Corridor. You’ll be captivated by this hotel’s amazing past and charmed by its contemporary flare. Whether you are looking to tie the knot, host a corporate event or have a drink at our 2nd floor cocktail lounge, The Walper Hotel has everything you need. Our Boutique hotel will make your stay a unique experience and we will cater to your wants and whims. We are truly unlike other Kitchener-Waterloo Hotels.

The Inn of Waterloo & Conference Centre *Official Hotel of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest* 475 King Street N., Waterloo 519-804-1130 or 1-866-875-6410

info@theinnofwaterloo.com www.theinnofwaterloo.com While it might come as a surprise that one of the largest convention hotels in Waterloo, Ontario is also its warmest and most personable, the newly redesigned Inn of Waterloo takes great pride in surprising our guests every day – with an award winning lobby design, contemporary accommodations, a heated saltwater pool and impressive meeting rooms for weddings, conferences and gatherings of any size. Even our setting – overlooking 19 leafy acres next to a conservation creek comes as an unexpected delight. Stay at our independently owned destination and you’ll enjoy the very best service from a management and staff that take pride in customer care. We are here to exceed all guest expectations, even the ones you didn’t know you had.

DINING ABE & ERB BREW CO. 15 King Street S., Waterloo 519-886-4518

info@abeerb.com www.abeerb.com Our team is here to ensure you have the best experience possible. Whether you are looking to book a special event, get bellied up to the bar or are looking to enjoy a bite to eat, our team

is here to make you feel comfortable. With over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry we take your patronage as seriously as we take our beards and moustaches. Beer tastes a little better when the ambiance is just right. Our trifecta is the combination of beer, food and live entertainment, something completely unique to us.

BeerTown Public House 75 King Street S., Waterloo 519-885-5151

www.beertown.ca Modern beer bar & chef-driven kitchen that quenches your thirst for the unconventional. An endless stream of well-crafted beer and food. Social, playfully rebellious, infectiously enthusiastic and fiercely passionate about what we do. Right in the heart of Uptown Waterloo, the all-season Beergarden is perfect for your events overlooking the action in Town Square. One of Waterloo’s top restaurants and the birthplace of the Paddletron 3000

Blackshop Restaurant

595 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 519-621-4180 info@blackshop.ca www.blackshop.ca Blackshop Restaurant is a Cambridge landmark. This lively restaurant offers both inventive and traditional cooking, delivered in a casual yet elegant atmosphere. The ambiance is comfortable and appealing, providing quality food, at the right price in an unpretentious way. The menu has items ranging from schnitzel, pastas, vegetarian entrees, steaks, to a rack of lamb and will satisfy any appetite. During Oktoberfest we feature authentic Oktoberfest fare as well as an Oktoberfest beer selection. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list, great selection of Scotch, local and imported beers on tap which complement the experience. Located at 595 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, just south of highway 401.

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ACCREDITED PARTNERS that celebrates the warmth of Southern Culture, COMMUNITY and the best in Live Blues, Funk, Soul, Jazz and Country music.

Metro Restaurant

164 Victoria Street N., Kitchener 247 King Street N., Waterloo 519-578-9189

Grainharvest Breadhouse 3-105 Lexington Road, Waterloo 519-725-1920

info@grainharvest.ca www.grainharvest.ca An Artisan bakery located in Waterloo, ON. The Bakery started in 1989 and has its roots in the European art of baking. We are focused on crafting good tasting breads without all the added junk you find unfortunately in a lot of commercial bread. Offering a variety of breads with alternative grains; there’s also a division called Circle of Life fully dedicated to wheat free and gluten free baking. Visit one of their stores in Waterloo, Kitchener and at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. Grainharvest Breadhouse has been the official Supplier of the Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest Pretzel for over 20 years!

Jack’s Family Restaurant 20 Benjamin Road, Waterloo 519-746-4800

jacksfamily@rogers.com www.jacksfamilyrestaurant.ca We are a family owned restaurant committed to serving you amazing food at great prices. We are located in the St Jacobs Farmers’ Market District, beside the farmers’ market and across from the outlet mall. Open 7 days a week. We hope you will visit us soon and find out why we are “The finest and freshest family restaurant in Waterloo Region.”

Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ 80 King Street South, Waterloo 519-208-3294

www.loudawgs.com Our vision is to provide high quality, fresh, delicious and affordable food, served by good, down to earth, friendly people, in a comfortable atmosphere

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www.kmetro.ca Metro Restaurant has been proudly serving customers since 1961. Specializing in preparing and serving authentic delicious tasty schnitzels. Metro restaurant is passionate about the fascinating history of this European delicacy. Fully Licensed L.L.B.O. We now have a new location called ‘Metro on King’ serving this fine European delicacy in Waterloo at 247 King Street North (in Starbucks Plaza at King & University).

Morty’s Pub

272 King Street N., Waterloo 519-886-0440 mortys@rogers.com www.mortys.com Morty’s Pub has been a community staple since 1981. We are proud of our home-made menu items like the daily soup, pizzas, panzerottis, huge 10oz burgers, various pub fare, different sandwiches and salads, and of course our famous chicken wings. Morty’s consistently strives to deliver a memorable and fun experience with great food and service. After three and a half decades, we are still an independent, Waterloo family-owned business. Morty’s is home to many, and we hope that you feel at home when you are in our home!

THE RICH UNCLE TAVERN 45 King Street W., Waterloo 519-208-8555

www.richuncletavern.ca Built on hearty live-fire fare and shareable snacks, The Rich Uncle Tavern offers a classic, yet inventive menu that pays homage to the brasseries and taverns of yesteryear. Whether you’ve reserved a table for brunch or dinner, or walking-in for a quick lunch or late night bite, you can enjoy an old favourite, or experience something new.

Solé Restaurant & Wine Bar 83 Erb Street W., Waterloo 519-747-5622

www.sole.ca Solé Restaurant and Wine Bar is situated in a 150 year old Seagram’s building, minutes west of the Waterloo Uptown core. The interior soars two stories high to a timber frame ceiling. Exposed brick and generous wood finishes, set the tone for an elegant yet casual experience. The menu will transport your palate to the Mediterranean. Items ranging from thin crust pizza, pastas, vegetarian entrees, steaks, to a lamb shank are bound to satisfy any appetite. During Oktoberfest the restaurant offers authentic Oktoberfest features as well as an Oktoberfest beer selection. An extensive wine list, great selection of Scotch, local and imported beers on tap complement the experience. Service is professional yet friendly. Solé is waiting to take you away and deliver a complete dining experience. Located at 83 Erb Street West facing Father David Bauer Drive.

TWH Social Bar & Bistro 1 King Street W., Kitchener 519-745-8478

www.twhsocial.com Welcome to Downtown Kitchener’s destination for community and conversation. Tucked beneath the iconic Walper Hotel, our attentive and neighbourly staff welcome you to enjoy seasonal ingredients done well, with a thoughtfully sourced menu focused on sustainability and diversity.

Two Goblets

22 Ontario Street N., Kitchener 519-749-1829 www.twogoblets.com As you walk through our doors, a sense of Old World hospitality is prevalent. In the tradition of Waterloo Region’s German heritage, nestled in the heart of Kitchener, Two Goblets aims to offer the best of Central European Cuisine, including what has been featured by CTV, ECHO Reader’s Choice Awards, and The Waterloo Chronicle as the best schnitzel in the Tri-cities.


LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Centre in the Square

101 Queen Street N., Kitchener 519-578-1570 www.centreinthesquare.com Centre in the Square is Waterloo Region’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. For more than 35 years they have played a leading role in showcasing the best local and international performing arts. Their venue boasts a main hall, which is acknowledged as a technically state-of-the-art theatre, making it acoustically superior and widely regarded as one of the finest performance spaces in North America.


396 Morrison Road, Kitchener 519-894-5610 guestservices@chicopee.ca www.chicopee.ca Chicopee has been a not-for-profit pillar in this region since 1934, and is proud to be a year round resort and an accredited festhalle. Founded as a Ski Club, Chicopee now serves the entire Waterloo Region as a year-round facility, offering unique fun-filled experiences. Our 165 acres offer skiing and snowboarding in the winter season, and in the green season we become home to our amazing summer camps and outdoor Adventure Climbing Centre complete with low ropes, vertical playground and rock climbing facility. Our 20,000 sq ft chalet houses our full service Food & Beverage and banquet areas. Chicopee offers unique event opportunities, an amazing place to host your wedding or life celebration,

or green space to bring your team, organization or office for an outdoor adventure. We invite you to come and create your own unique and memorable experiences with us, www.chicopee.ca

Christkindl Market

Kitchener City Hall 200 King Street W., Kitchener info@christkindl.ca www.christkindl.ca Experience Kitchener’s favourite holiday tradition since 1997 with your family and friends. A festival of German Christmas. Awarded “Top 100” festivals in Ontario. Experience the bands, choirs and dance groups onstage, puppet shows, indoor garden railway and outdoor kiddie trains, live nativity, blacksmiths, kid’s crafts, 100 vendors many in little outdoor huts, and skating. Taste all the sweet and savory seasonal specialties from hot apple fritters to schnitzel on a bun, with a mug of hot gluhwein. Relive centuries-old traditions while meeting our traditional folkloric characters including Hurdy-Gurdy Klaus the organ grinder, Knecht Ruprecht and our namesake Christkindl and her angels. Admission is always free. December 6-9, 2018.

Drayton Entertainment

Three Locations in Waterloo Region! 1-855-372-9866 boxoffice@draytonentertainment.com www.draytonentertainment.com From Broadway musicals to laugh-a-minute comedies, Drayton Entertainment presents the finest in live theatre for all ages at seven unique venues across Ontario. The three venues in Waterloo Region include the Hamilton Family Theatre

Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) in Cambridge and the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs. The 2018 fall season includes the murder mystery comedy Shear Madness, the epic Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, and the Canadian premieres of Ghost: The Musical and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn!

Snyders Family Farm & Fear Farm

15 Minutes from Kitchener-Waterloo 519-632-7356 www.snydersfarm.com www.fearfarm.ca Because it takes a farm to GROW this much fun. 16 fun attractions, 5 amazing food venues, including our Farm Bakery. We have something for everyone, heck we didn’t even mention over 100,000 pumpkins in the field. Brave enough, then visit Fear Farm at night. Brand New haunt this year, UNIT 51. Come see why Fear Farm is the biggest and best haunted farm in Ontario. Beer Garden, awesome eats, and live performers as well....perfect date night!

St. Jacobs Farmers Market 878 Weber Street N., Woolwich 519-747-1830

www.stjacobs.com Two minutes south of St. Jacobs, explore the abundance of meats, and cheese, arts and crafts, quilts, home furnishings and a spectacular flea market, plus buskers and pony rides at Canada’s Largest Farmers’ Market! Indoor and outdoor farmfresh fun for the whole family. Open Thursday and Saturday year round from 7am-3:30pm; and Tuesdays mid-June to Labour Day from 8am-3pm.


299 Bridge Street E., Kitchener 519-741-5700 www.brentwoodlivery.ca Brentwood Livery offers clients the highest quality in chauffeured limousine service, customized to meet

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and anticipate corporate or social travel needs. Serving the Waterloo Region and surrounding area, their ever-growing fleet contains some of the finest chauffeured vehicles on the road today. Trained on every etiquette and procedure for different events and clientele, the distinguished chauffeurs provide a concierge level of service that may surprise you! Make one call and then don’t lift a finger… unless it’s to lift a glass of champagne as you relax, or to leverage your travel time by maximizing your work in a private space. Complete peace- of-mind with courtesy, discretion, and quality.

Festhalle Night (8 PM to 1 AM) Saturday, October 6th Friday, October 12th Saturday, October 13th

The Stag Shop

5 Manitou Drive, Kitchener 1585 Victoria Street N., Kitchener 7 King Street N., Waterloo www.stagshop.com Stag Shop, Canada’s original adult fun store, enhancing the sexual well-being in fun loving adults since 1972. With over 40 years’ experience Stag Shop locations provide a comfortable, relaxed shopping atmosphere, and offer a wide range of high quality adult and novelty products. The knowledgeable sales-team ensures customers make informed healthy choices to embrace their sexuality and get the most enjoyment of their purchases. Visit us instore or online at StagShop.com



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Big Trouble in Little China Saturday, October 13, 2018 42 www.oktoberfest.ca apollocinema.ca ● 141 Ontario St. N. Kitchener


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Family dining in a historic 1860 stage coach stop. Traditional German Food

Comfortable Motel Rooms 3006 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg Only 5 minutes North of Waterloo



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Experience AUTHENTIC BAVARIAN FOODS at these participating restaurants! Visit tasteofoktoberfest.oktoberfest.ca for a complete list of restaurants, and detailed menu information Participating Restaurants Include:




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2018 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Inc.

Board of Directors President

1st Vice-President

2nd Vice-President

Past President



Director at Large

Director - Marketing

Director- Strategic Development

Margo Jones

Tim Beckett

Harry Vogt

Andrew Roth

Jack Bishop

Tony Papa

Allan Cayenne

Director German Heritage

Vic Degutis

Tim Hattle

Director - Festhallen Operations & Accreditation

Director at Large

Director Event Productions


Bob Foster

Director - Sport

Rob Orendi

Robert Hesch

Jean Weiler

Director Business Development

Kelly Wilker

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Scott Henderson

Kerry-Lynn Wilkie

Executive Director

Alfred Lowrick


2018 Volunteer Chairs COMMITTEE ........................................................... CHAIR

A Blooming Affair............................. Tara Hebblethwaite Archives.................................................Heidi Peller-Oliver Audit.................................................................Mark Eamer Ceremonies.......................................................Ellen Straus Corporate Sponsorship................................. Kelly Wilker Culinary..............Catheryne McCutcheon & David Wilk Downtown Production.....................................Tim Hattle FCE Community Partnerships.......Stephanie Grebinski Festival Entertainment....................................Rudi Senger Festival Promotions.......................................Scott Toman Festhallen Operations & Accreditation .......Rob Hesch Finance................................................................Tony Papa Gemuetlichkeit..........................................Kathy Schertzer German Heritage.............................................. Bob Foster Hospitality........................................................... Rick Prack KWO 5K Fun Run......................................Brian Whiffin KWO Experience.........................................Art Primosch

COMMITTEE ........................................................... CHAIR

Maypole ............................................................John Strong Miss Oktoberfest & Gala Ball ..... Susan Cook-Scheerer Oktoberfest Car Show.............................Rick McDonald Oktoberfest Cup............................................Erik Lowrick Oktoberfest Golf Experience......................Craig Moore Oktoberfest Mascots.......................................Mark Potter Onkel Hans Food Drive........................... Jackie Herrgott Parade.............................................................Eric Scheffler Presidents’ Invitational Luncheon.................Harry Vogt Public Relations ...........................................Nicole Stuber Ride Dine ‘N’ Stein..................................... Dawn Simons Schools...............................................................Lisa Fritsch Treasure Hunt................................................Mike Gentile VIP Tours......................................................Alli Bearinger Volunteers.........................................................Jillian Grant Women of the Year........................................Karina Graf

K-W OKTOBERFEST INC. would like to thank its 500 volunteers, who give so generously of their time and talent throughout the year to make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival.


FIND THE KEY TO $3,000! Here’s How:

• Beginning Monday, September 24 , one clue will be given daily, Monday through Friday, in the morning on Country 106.7 and will appear in that day’s Waterloo Region Record. • Previously released clues will be on display at all Sobeys locations in Kitchener-Waterloo. hth

Plus! Daily Draws for 100 Manulife Bank Bucks to spend at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store! • Complete contest details at participating sponsor locations and at www.oktoberfest.ca.



Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrates beauty, fashion and style at the annual A Blooming Affair Fashion Show presented by Heffner Lexus. For 45 years, A Blooming Affair has been the fall fashion event in Waterloo Region, featuring an amazing selection in women’s, men’s and children’s wear from many of the area’s leading independent retailers. A Blooming Affair consistently attracts over 800 attendees each year, offering an entertaining fashion show, the opportunity for guests to shop at the trendy Grand Magazine’s Boulevard of Boutiques, and a chance to win a great selection of prizes and gifts. The show also features an outstanding raffle with a portion of proceeds going to support the Child Witness Centre. Advance tickets are recommended for this popular event and are available through the Official Retail Store

(519-570-4267 x233) or online at www.oktoberfest.ca. General Admission Tickets are $40 each; VIP Admission Tickets are $50 each.

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show Sunday, September 30, 2018 12pm Grand Magazine’s Boulevard of Boutiques 2pm Fashion Show Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot 42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener

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Rogers Women of the Year The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year ceremony recognizes women from all walks of life, who have made a difference in the community and in the lives of others. The evening brings into the spotlight outstanding women from the Region of Waterloo, recognizing their talents, commitment and achievements by presenting awards in ten categories: - Arts & Culture - Community Service - Entrepreneur - Group Achievement - Health & Wellness - Lifetime Achievement - Professional - Sports & Recreation - STEAM - Young Adult

The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognizes and honours all nominees, not just the recipients. Each nominee, regardless of the category, reaches out and touches the lives of others in some way, every day. Women all over Waterloo Region are reminded just how much their community appreciates their contributions and commitments. Thanks to the generosity of our Alumni Host, Morell Kelly Accident, Injury and Disability Law past recipients will be among the audience at the 2018 event. Tickets are $40+HST and are available online at www.oktoberfest.ca.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Monday, October 1, 2018 7:00pm Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot 42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener

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In Studio Mondays at 1:00 p.m. Get into the spirit of Oktoberfest, and everything else going on in the region with In Studio on Rogers tv . TM

Join us weekdays as guests dish about all things local – from cuisine to healthy lifestyles, home improvements to local events. Stay connected to what’s happening in and around Waterloo Region with In Studio!




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Thanksgiving Day Parade


Join us for Canada’s Greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 8, 2018

It has often been said that everyone loves a parade, and the 150,000 people in attendance at our spectacular Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade are no exception. Our Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade route will commence at 8:45am from Weber and Frederick Street in downtown Kitchener. The parade will stay on Weber Street until it reaches Bridgeport Road in Waterloo. Dispersing in the Sobey’s Plaza at Bridgeport Road and Weber Street in Waterloo. The parade will be filled with many colourful floats, marching bands and special entries that are part of this annual event. Some of the featured bands include the Burlington Teen Tour Band, the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service and Top Hat Marching Orchestra. Bleacher seating is available for $8 a person and can be purchased 52 www.oktoberfest.ca

through the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store. We are thrilled to host Corning-Painted Post Hawks Marching Band and OktoberCorps to our parade in celebration of the 50th Anniversary. Share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by helping the community with the Onkel Hans Food Drive. Bring your non-perishable food items to the Parade and volunteers will gather them. If you can’t join us in person, the CTV network broadcasts the Parade nationwide to over a million viewers. Check your local TV listings for air times. Special thanks to Maple Leaf Foods, Region of Waterloo, The Record, Piller’s, CTV and Virgin 105.3 for their support.



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Most needed food items are: Peanut Butter Canned Fruit Rice Canned Meat & Fish Pasta Sauce Dry Beans Beans in Sauce Canned Stews & Chili Hot Cereals Canned Soup

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Onkel Hans

Who is that big, lovable orange guy you’ve seen around the Festival? Onkel Hans is the Official Mascot of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and our Goodwill Ambassador. As the mascot, you will see his smiling face on buttons, pins, t-shirts, brochures, steins and other souvenirs! Created in 1974, Onkel Hans has come to symbolize the spirit of the Festival, with his jolly disposition and a warm smile for everyone he meets. During Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Onkel Hans is sure to make an appearance at each of the Festhallen and the many Family & Cultural Events in the region. He even appears ‘larger than life’ in the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. He keeps busy throughout the remainder of the year, visiting special events to spread happiness and cheer. As a representative of the KitchenerWaterloo community, Onkel Hans has attended the Calgary Stampede, the Molson Indy, Quebec Winter Carnival and the Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Tante Frieda The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Family is back together! Tante Frieda will join Onkel Hans, and Ziggy unt Zaggy Steiner for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2018. Thirty years ago, Frieda left KitchenerWaterloo to spread the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit throughout the world. After a lengthy long distance relationship, Tante Frieda has returned to the loves of her life - Onkel Hans and Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Look for Tante Frieda at select KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest events. She would love to meet you! 54 www.oktoberfest.ca

Although he’s busy during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Onkel Hans always has time to stop for a smile, a handshake, or even a photo – he looks forward to welcoming you!

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Miss Oktoberfest Miss Oktoberfest is our second most requested VIP, surpassed only by Onkel Hans. She is a favourite among the thousands of school children she comes in contact with during the Festival, through the Schools Program and family events. Making over 200 appearances each year, including the Thanksgiving Day Parade, she is an ambassador promoting this area’s unique German heritage, while increasing national and international interest in our community. As in previous years, an inspiring young woman from the Kitchener-Waterloo area will be selected to be our community’s Ambassador during this year’s Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and throughout the coming year. Miss Oktoberfest 2018 will be crowned at the Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball held on Friday,

Mikaila Emrich, Miss Oktoberfest 2017

September 28 at Oktoberfesthaus @ LOT 42. Tickets are $160+HST per person and are available by request at annettew@oktoberfest.ca or 519-570-4267 x227.



Ziggy unt Zaggy Steiner, the long-lost nephews of our goodwill Ambassador Onkel Hans (from his wife Frieda’s side of the family), are visiting from the Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest Mountain Range). They have dedicated their lives to being ‘Masters of the Chicken Dance” and they love Molson beer! Look for Ziggy unt Zaggy at many Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest events in 2018!

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The Kitchener-Waterloo

Oktoberfest Experience! Few people would argue that KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest has made a tremendous impact on the community over the past 50 years! Whether it’s contributing to the community, celebrating our German-Canadian heritage, bringing together thousands of volunteers, or taking the celebrations across the province, the festival offers a truly unique experience!

Giving Back to the Community!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a community-based Bavarian Festival that is committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Waterloo Region. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a binding element in our community. It’s an opportunity to gather and celebrate with great enthusiasm and pride. On Thanksgiving morning, you will find over 150,000 people lining the parade route, where ecstatic children and neighbourly greetings are regular fixtures. Kick up your heels at a Festhalle and sample some schnitzel– you’ll do so among some of the 700,000 folks who take part in the festival each year. The positive vibes of the festival are undeniable. The positive effects are also relayed in terms of economics. A recent study found the festival has a $22.5 million economic benefit to the region. Over the last 50 years an average of $1.5 million has been generated annually for notfor-profit groups, equaling over $60 million in funding for ice arenas, swimming pools, social clubs, parks, and social welfare facilities. Over the last 20 years, more than 1.3 million pounds of food have been collected by the Onkel Hans Food Drive! Over the years tens of millions of visitors and locals have come to Waterloo Region to celebrate the spirit of Gemütlichkeit and explore our community!

Get Your Tracht On – What to wear at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

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The most commonly recognized attire includes the dirndl - a closefitting bodice combined with an apron - for women, and lederhosen - shorts made from leather and wool - for men. Although the traditional clothing is often costly, it is easy to ‘get your Tracht on’ for a smaller budget! Grab an Oktoberfest hat, adorned with colourful feather plumes, or an Oktoberfest t-shirt sporting phrases like “I fear no beer at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest”. Of course, no matter what style of outfit you choose, the final must-have is this year’s commemorative pin. These pins are just one of the many traditions of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

RIDE With Us! Here’s to Responsible Choices!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is proud to host the Free-Ride program. Molson, in conjunction with Grand River Transit, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, 105.3 Virgin Radio and our participating Festhallen, will provide free bus rides on both festival weekends in Kitchener-Waterloo. It’s a safe, convenient way for you to get home after a night of partying. If you plan to drive, take part in the Pepsi Designated Driver Program. Simply register when you arrive, then enjoy drinking free Pepsi product during your stay. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is also providing financial support to the Waterloo Regional Police for their RIDE program. It is part of our commitment to make sure all of our guests get home safely. An estimated 8,000 drivers, who successfully pass through a RIDE checkpoint during the Festival, will receive a booklet jam-packed with gift vouchers and discount coupons provided by our many sponsors. You will also be eligible to win valuable prizes in a draw held at the end of the Festival. We are proud to be paving the way for your safety. Please don’t drink and drive!






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2017 Volunteers of the Year

Sandra Hattle Sandra has been an active volunteer with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for the past 19 years. While the majority of her time has been spent with the Downtown Production Committee she also sits on the KWO Experience Committee along with a background that includes the former Oktoberfest Idol Committee and the International Talent Committee. Sandra has been a source of energy in all her endeavours as a volunteer. Nothing seems overwhelming to her and she takes on tasks with determination and enthusiasm. Her general overall Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest knowledge is a strong asset. She is readily seen not only during the festival but throughout the year. This is a testament to her commitment to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Jackie Herrgott Jackie is a 20 year volunteer with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. She has served many hours on a number of committees including the former Onkel Hans Committee and the Marketing & PR Committee. Most recently Jackie serves as Chair of the Onkel Hans Food Drive, and sits on both the Parade Executive and Hospitality Committee. Jackie takes a personal interest in challenging her committee every year to top last year’s Onkel Hans Food Drive’s numbers. Jackie is passionate and her outgoing personality is contagious which is evident in all the volunteers she is able to muster to help collect food, money and keep the food drive running smoothly. Her ability to work well with anyone and exceptional organizational skills mark Jackie as one of the shining stars among volunteers. The Spirit of Giving! Have you ever thought about the logistics of hosting over 700,000 participants during a nine-day international festival, promoting the spirit of Gemütlichkeit? The Festival would not be possible without the dedication of over 500 volunteers, who help to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Find out more! volunteers.oktoberfest.ca 60 www.oktoberfest.ca


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Our Time Teller

The Oktoberfest Heritage Timeteller is an enclosed animatronic device in a gazebo set in an urban corner park at the corner of King St and William St in Waterloo. As part of KWO’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, this UpTown Waterloo landmark will not only get a complete facelift, but an entire rework of its components. The newly renovated structure will feature an 18 Bell Chime Glockenspiel interior. With these upgrades, the Timeteller will once again bring music and cheer welcoming you through the gates of the City of Waterloo. Originally constructed and dedicated in 1984, the original piece featured a centerpiece consisting of various anthropomorphic instruments, a steam paddle wheel and beer steins that swayed and moved to traditional Polka Music. The Timeteller used to operate on the hour, however the piece has been silent for a number of years. Now, thanks to the efforts

of many partners including Melloul Blamey, who under Bernie Melloul’s leadership, was instrumental in the original piece, the Timeteller will be brought back to its former glory. A special thanks to the City of Waterloo, Pfaff Porsche, KWO and the German-Canadian Remembrance Society for their generosity and support of this project. Proceeds from the 2018 Porsche Boxster Dream Car Lottery will go towards paying for the renovation of the Timeteller.






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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

A community partnership A small celebration held at a Kitchener German club in 1967, has grown to become the nation’s largest community festival of its kind in North America, thanks to a 1969 initiative by the then Kitchener Chamber of Commerce. In the late 1960s, the Kitchener Chamber was responsible for promoting tourism in K-W through its Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB). VCB volunteers organized two events to do the job: a summer Heritage festival and a Winterfest. Both were abandoned after they failed to meet expectations. The idea that Oktoberfest could be the solution came to VCB organizers after witnessing an Oktoberfest staged in 1967 by Concordia Club to acknowledge Canada’s centennial and promote Canada’s multicultural character. Conceived by the club’s then manager, Julius Rauchfuss, the event ran four-days and attracted 2,500 revellers. The club decided to repeat the event in 1968. Attendance increased to 4,000. Chairman of the Chamber’s VCB at the time was Darwin Clay, President of Budd Automotive Canada. He enlisted two members recognized for their promotional talents to help organize a larger and broader based Oktoberfest: Richard (Dick) Hermansen, former Director of Public Affairs for Wilfrid Laurier University and Owen Lackenbauer, a Public Relations Manager with BF Goodrich Canada. In early 1969, the trio met with executives of the local GermanCanadian Clubs, service clubs and Bingemans to solicit their support and participation. Chamber directors greeted the initiative with a vote of confidence and $200 to help fund the event’s initial administrative needs. Volunteers were expected to do the rest. The 1969 K i t c h e n e r - Wa t e r l o o Oktoberfest ran five days, 64 www.oktoberfest.ca

starting with an inter-service club dinner at Bingemans on October 14th and ending Sunday, October 19th with an interdenominational church service organized by the K-W Council of Churches. When the last steins were emptied, the 1969 festival recorded attendance of almost 70,000. Purchases of souvenirs, advertising and entertainment (beyond the Chamber’s $200 grant) were payable net 30. Much to the organizing committee’s relief, revenue covered all debts - leaving a slight profit! The four local German-Canadian clubs at the time (Concordia, Transylvania, Schwaben and Alpine), Bingemans and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium became festhallen. Budd Canada, J.M. Schneider, BF Goodrich, Kaufmans, Dutch Boy Food Markets and area restaurants contributed staff and products. A Budd Canada engineer organized the first Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. A Miss Oktoberfest pageant was created. Visitors contributed thousands of dollars to the local economy and Kitchener-Waterloo achieved widespread publicity, setting the stage for the following year’s festival. Chamber president in 1969, Keith Staebler, realized the Chamber had an event which needed to be nurtured carefully if it were to realize its potential. If the festival was to be expanded to 10 days in 1970, as recommended by Clay and his organizing committee, year-round staff would be needed. The Chamber was also concerned with how it would safeguard the festival as a community owned event. The discussion led to the formation of K-W Oktoberfest Inc., a non-profit corporation separate from the Chamber and owned by all the citizens of Kitchener and Waterloo. Kitchener lawyer and committee member, Mike Walters, drew up its constitution and registered the festival’s name. All symbols and logos were copyrighted and Directors were elected. they included: Clay, Lackenbauer, Walters, Werner Metzger (Concordia Club), Michael Hoesch (Transylvania Club), Paul Weiner (Schwaben Club), Richard Mausser (Alpine Club), Lawrence Bingeman (Bingemans), Mayor Donovan

Meston (Waterloo), Alderman Bob Wagner (Kitchener), Norman Schneider (JM Schneider), Dr. Jack Bishop, Barry Bernstein (Kitchener Downtown Business Association), Archie Gilles (Kitchener Chamber manager), M.L. “Spec” Turner (Waterloo Chamber manager), Joe Zuber Jr. (Inn of the Black Walnut), Fred Ryan (Waterloo Square Shopping Centre) and Bryce Rhunke (Fairview Shopping Centre). Hermansen was hired to manage the new entity. 1970 was the watershed year that established what is today’s nine-day Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, with its nationally telecast Thanksgiving Day Parade, Miss Oktoberfest, festhallen, family and sports activities and the involvement of local charities, service clubs, businesses and industry. More than 500 volunteers work year-round to make it all happen. Over the years, the festival welcomed, among its many distinguished guests Pierre Trudeau, Raymond Burr, Arte Johnson, John Diefenbaker, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Bobby Gimby, Robert Stanfield and John Candy, plus numerous sports and media celebrities. K-W’s image was enhanced and the community is known across Canada and the U.S. largely because of Oktoberfest. Today Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s

direct economic benefit to the community is estimated to be at least $22.5 million annually. More than 700,000 people take part in the nine-day event. In recent years, several financial institutions, regional municipalities, and the Chamber sponsor an event called “Passport to Success” to attract new investment to the region. Outside business leaders are invited to experience KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest and become acquainted with our community, its leaders and opportunities. Unquestionably, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, now in its 50th year, is a boon to the entire region of Waterloo. It offers citizens a chance to unwind, celebrates the region’s heritage, attracts tourist revenue, creates jobs and generates international awareness and goodwill for our community. For more information on our history, check out our 50th Anniversary Souvenir Book available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store. About the Author: Owen Lackenbauer, a retired public relations and communications consultant, is a long standing community leader with an impressive volunteer record with many organizations, including the Chamber and Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest All Year Round!

We bring the party to you! Let the “Spirit of Gemütlichkeit” continue year round! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is taking the KWO Experience out into the world by bringing Oktoberfest to you! Why not launch your convention or function with some ‘oompah-pah’ or bid ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your guests with a KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest themed party?

Conventions & Bus Tours Whether it’s for a group of 30 or 3,000, we can customize an Oktoberfest themed event that promises fun, good times and above all, a successful and memorable event for you and your guests! Use an Oktoberfest theme for your next awards night, fundraiser, retirement party, client appreciation event or convention. We can give your bus tour something to cheer about with a stop at one of our GermanCanadian Clubs for a Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest experience any time of year!

Decorating & Entertainment Step into a genuine Bavarian Festhalle atmosphere! Our team can decorate your venue to give your guests the feeling of walking into an authentic Festhalle! We can also arrange award winning Bavarian Bands with a repertoire of polkas, waltzes and contemporary music to suit any audience. Add a Bavarian Folk Dance Group for some traditional flavour in your entertainment!

Greetings & Ceremonies Your guests will be welcomed in the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit by our volunteers dressed in traditional Bavarian ‘Tracht,’ and will receive a souvenir upon entering! Official Keg Tapping Ceremonies are the highlight of our annual Festival and our re-enactment will create a sensation at your event! Two of 66 www.oktoberfest.ca

your guests can even assist our ‘Keepers of the Keg’ in the tapping, then all guests can fill their steins with a sample and raise up a toast with a traditional cheer of “Ein Prosit!” Official greetings from our President, Miss Oktoberfest and our Ambassador Onkel Hans add to the festivities, all under the guidance of our master of ceremonies! Contact us for more information about details and pricing!

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Happy 50th Anniversary Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest!



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