2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest FestGuide

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Greetings from

Greetings from


Waterloo Oktoberfest.

On behalf of the City of Cambridge and our Council I want to wish a big “Willkommen” to all attendees of this year’s Kitchener-

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has been such an important part of Waterloo Region for over 50 years, providing a truly unique opportunity for people from our region, and across Canada, to partake in the best entertainment, finest food and drink, and some of the most memorable events you will find outside of Germany. At the end of the day, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a celebration of our community – and coming together to celebrate traditions as friends, family, and neighbours. While enjoying Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, 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 9th, at 11:30am in Civic Square, 50 Dickson St. for a free event including Oktoberfest barbeque and tapping of the keg. Finally, I 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 400 year-round volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers who stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival — KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. Best wishes for a fun and safe 2019 KitchenerWaterloo 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 51st 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 nine day celebration, you will have a chance to experience the rich German Heritage of our founders in our increasingly vibrant, energetic city. The result is an amazing cultural experience with opportunities for fun and celebration of the harvest in abundance. Whether you have attended Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in the past, or are a newcomer to this event, you are in for a memorable experience. I would like to take a moment to thank all of the dedicated staff and volunteers, generous sponsors and enthusiastic supporters who make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest so successful each year. Organizing a festival as large as Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the second largest Bavarian Festival in the world, with more than 700,000 ‘festers’, requires more than 400 volunteers, as well as numerous community and service club members to ensure the Festival runs smoothly. To everyone who helps make Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest a world renowned success – your hard work and dedication is appreciated and has not gone unnoticed! Many outstanding events will be taking place throughout our region during the Festival, including more than 40 Family and Cultural events. I hope to see you and your family at the Opening Ceremonies on October 11th, the Thanksgiving Day Parade on October 14th, or at one of the Festhallen located throughout the region. Enjoy the Festival and remember KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest ist Wunderbar! BERRY VRBANOVIC, MAYOR OF KITCHENER


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 11-19, 2019. 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. 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. Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I hope that you get to experience the spirit of Gemütlichkeit and have a safe Oktoberfest.

THE REGION OF WATERLOO Since 1969, our local KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest celebrations have highlighted the culture, background and origin of the German people residing in Waterloo Region. As the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, our local parade and festivities promote tourism and preserve a significant part of our community’s history. Words like ‘Prosit’ and Gemütlichkeit are common-place during the celebrations, where everyone is welcome, old friendships are renewed and new friendships are made. As a family, we have always enjoyed attending the Family Day festivities. On behalf of Regional Council, I wish all Festival-goers and visitors a memorable Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest experience and I would like to especially thank the numerous volunteers who welcome them.


Prost! Sincerely,


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K I TC H E N E R GERMAN ALPINE CLUB 464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener • 519-744-1521 www.alpineclub.ca

Authentic German Music & Dancers Famous for our Alpine Club Apple Strudel! Home of “So You Think You Can Tanz”

‘Where people come for the food and stay for the friendship.’



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LOT 42, 41 Ardelt Pl., Kitchener • 519-744-1191

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


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.

Schwaben Club 1668 King Street E., Kitchener • 519-742-7979

Presenting Two Great Festhallen Featuring Award Winning Bands “Weiss Blau” and “The Steve Angel Band” Incredible Traditional Food and Atmosphere.

Join us for “Gemuetlichkeit”!

The German Clubs ARE Oktoberfest!

Now Serving German Beer! For Festhalle Tickets: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store 17 Benton Street, Kitchener • 519-570-4267 Buy Tickets Online at www.oktoberfest.ca


Greetings from Tim Beckett


Willkommen zum 51 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Welcome to the 51st Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! On behalf of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Board of Directors and our 400 volunteers, it is my honour to welcome everyone, from near and far, to Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival. We are excited to have you here and hope you participate in many of our events and venues. Join in on one of 40 Family and Cultural events including the 50th anniversary of the Bogenscheutzenfest archery event, see the nationally televised K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade live, try authentic Bavarian beers, sample delicious Germanic food or be the happy wanderer in the new Willkommen Platz in Downtown Kitchener. There is something for everyone packed into the ninedays of celebrations. We look forward to welcoming thousands of our closest friends to join us for the 51st annual Festival. Come and celebrate at one or all of the accredited Festhallen. Experience the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit and the traditional German treats and eats. It’s going to be a busy Festival you won’t want to miss. Thanks to everyone who 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 and train 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................................................. 34

n K- W Oktoberfest Inc. Board of Directors................ 46

n Map of Accredited Festhallen................................. 32

n KWO Experience....................................................... 54

n Festhallen Descriptions........................................... 28

n A Community Partnership....................................... 60

n Accredited Accommodations ................................. 36

n KWO All Year Round................................................. 62

n Accredited Dining .....................................................37


n Accredited Attractions, Community Partners......... 38

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............................. 48

n Oktoberfest Ambassadors....................................... 52

n K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year ........ 48

n Volunteers of the Year ............................................ 56

n Thanksgiving Day Parade........................................ 50

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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Souvenir Pin

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 newly refurbished K-W Oktoberfest Heritage Carillon. 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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St. Jacobs Market District

Market District Includes:

Build Your Annual Tradition. Thursdays and Saturdays 7:00 - 3:30pm

Open Daily: 10:00 - 6:00pm

Monday: 9:30 - 9:00pm Saturday: 8:30 - 6:00pm Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm

A taste of local life in the heart of Mennonite country. 878 Weber St. N, Waterloo, Ontario


Come celebrate Oktoberfest in our massive festhalle!

*Keg tapping every night *Music by the Golden Keys* *Larger than life games*Cashless payment technology* *Erdinger, Stiegl & Molson Beer* Open October 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th & 19th Lot42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener www.oktoberfesthaus.ca


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 209th anniversary! In a faraway 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 14 www.oktoberfest.ca

Festival in North America, with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada. The civic festival, which celebrates our local German Canadian heritage, has grown from a weekend event in one Festhalle into a nineday event attracting over 700,000 people. In the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit, on Friday, October 11th at 11:15 am, Downtown Kitchener will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revellers eager to kick-off the 51st annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Honoured guests and dignitaries at the official Opening Ceremony will accompany our President, Tim Beckett, 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 11: Start the Thanksgiving weekend by attending the official Opening Ceremonies & Keg Tapping on King Street at Frederick Street in Kitchener at 11:15am followed by the Mayor’s Lunch sponsored by Piller’s. Then, spend the day in downtown Kitchener exploring the Willkommen Platz along King Street filled with a licensed beer garden, lots of incredible food vendors, activities and live music. If you need Oktoberfest Tracht, souvenirs or Festhalle tickets for the weekend, 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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12: There are many activities that you and your family can check out on Saturday. The 50th Anniversary 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 visit the Cook Like Oma event at the Kitchener Market. By bringing a donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, you can learn how to make traditional food and pretzels just like Oma. End the night dancing to live music, cheering “Ein Prosit” and enjoying the Gemütlichkeit of one of nine fantastic Festhallen.

beautiful place to experience the vibrant colours of fall and today, you can take part in a traditional Victorian Era Thanksgiving! Now is also a great time to do some more shopping in the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store for souvenirs, Tracht, Festhallen tickets or buy a bleacher seat for the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade happening Monday.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14: 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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Alpine Club and Concordia Club (Hubertushaus & Schwaben Club offer family activities on Sunday). 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.

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Family & Cultural Events

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Oktoberfest Warm-Up Fundraiser for BIAWW


Thursday, October 3, 7-10pm

Miss Oktoberfest Gala


Friday, October 4, 6pm

Harvest Festival celebrates Kitchener Markets’ 150th


Saturday, October 5, 7am-7pm

KWO SHOW Natural Classic


Saturday, October 5, 9am Pre-Judging, 1pm Awards



Saturday, October 5, 7am to 6pm

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show


Sunday, October 6, Noon Boulevard, 2pm Fashion Show

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year


Monday, October 7, 7pm

Cambridge Community Oktoberfest Luncheon


Wednesday, October 9, 11:30am

Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon


Thursday, October 10, 11:30am


Fri. Oct 11

Sat. Oct 12

Sun. Oct 13






10am 5pm

Event 50th Anniversary Bogenschuetzenfest & Running Boar Tournament Cook Like Oma Das Oktoberfest Rundnetz

Free for Spectators

Erntefest (Harvest Festival)



10am 5pm

1pm 5pm

Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour





German Pioneers Day

Mon. Tues. Oct 14 Oct 15


Harvest Celebration


Kitchener Oktoberfest Atom Tournament

Free for Spectators

Kitchener Willkommen Platz


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Sun. Oct 20

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Wed. Oct 16

3pm 10am3pm 9:30am4pm October 25-27, 2019 10am7pm


Event Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run


Fri. Oct 11

Sat. Oct 12

Sun. Oct 13

Free for Spectators

Kitchener-Waterloo 10amFree Oktoberfest Official Retail 8pm Store Kitchener-Waterloo Free / $ Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Bleacher Parade K-W Oktoberfest Bavarian Slo- Free for Spectators Pitch Classic Official Closing Ceremonies


Official Opening Ceremonies



Oktoberfest Car Show


Oktoberfest Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration


Oktoberfest Family Breakfast Onkel Hans Food Drive


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So You Think You Can Tanz



Wilkommen! A German Celebration


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11:30am - 2pm


Waterloo County Quilters’ Guild 2019 Quilt Exhibit






Victorian Thanksgiving & Oktoberfest

Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. CATEGORY NAME Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20

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36th Annual Victoria Place Oktoberfest Celebration


Wed. Oct 16



UpTown Waterloo Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race


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EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Bogenschuetzenfest & The Running Boar Tournament Saturday, October 12; 10am Sunday, October 13; 11am

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show

Sunday, October 6; Noon: Grand Magazine’s Boulevard of Boutiques, 2pm: Show Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener (L/E)

Join us for an afternoon of local fashion, entertainment and a chance for a cocktail with the girls! The 46th annual show will highlight fall fashion from the Region’s leading independent retailers. With doors opening at Noon, guests can browse and shop at the popular “Boulevard of Boutiques”, presented by Grand Magazine. Advance tickets are recommended. General Admission Tickets: $40 pp; VIP Admission Tickets: $55 pp To order call 519-570-4267 ext. 221 or www.oktoberfest.ca


Saturday, October 5; 7am-6pm Valet Car Wash 1620 Victoria Street N.; Kitchener (FF)

Wash the summer dust off your vehicle at Valet Car Wash’s Autowaschfest on Saturday, October 5th! A complimentary wash pass will be offered to anyone who brings a non-perishable item or cash donation for the Onkel Hans Food Drive, in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Festival ambassadors will be visiting throughout the day! ADMISSION: A complimentary wash pass will be provided in exchange for a donation to the Onkel Hans Food Drive, in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

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Archery Range at Hubertushaus (GermanCanadian Hunting & Fishing Club), 1605 Bleams Road; Mannheim (located between Mannheim & Regional Road 12) (C/H; FF; S/T)

Bogenschuetzenfest takes place on Saturday, October 12th. The aim is to knock off parts of a styrofoam eagle mounted on top of a 35’ pole. Archers need their own equipment (bow and FluFlu arrows). The tournament is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. On Sunday, October 13th, 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 (bow & regular tip arrows). TICKETS: Spectators - FREE; Participant Entry Fee: $15.00 (13 & over); $10.00 (under 12); Registration opens half hour before start of event. INFO: Contact Andrew McKay at mr.Andrew.j.mckay@gmail.com or 519-578-6197

Cambridge Community Oktoberfest Luncheon

Wednesday, October 9; 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 Meat Shops, on Wednesday, October 9th at Cambridge Civic Square. There will be a keg tapping ceremony and Maypole Raising, with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest officials; including, Miss Oktoberfest and Onkel Hans, and live entertainment. FREE EVENT

Cook Like Oma

Saturday, October 12; 10am - 12pm Kitchener Market - Marketplace Room 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, see dancers along with appearances from some of your favorite Kitchener-Waterloo 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

Das Oktoberfest Rundnetz Tourney Saturday, October 12; 8am -6pm

RIM Park 2001 University Avenue E., Waterloo (F/F; S/T)

Roundnet (Using Spikeball Equipment) is an emerging “volleyball type” sport, requiring hand-eye coordination, athleticism and team strategy. In working with Waterloo Roundnet and Roundnet Ontario, we welcome players from across Ontario and America to experience sport and culture the K-W way! The 2019 Oktoberfest Rundnetz tournament is planned to operate outdoor with an indoor rain venue if required. ADMISSION: Spectators - FREE; Advanced Team Registration INFO: 519-884-5363 x17239 or visit www.waterloo.ca/CARL; carl@waterloo.ca

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Erntefest (Harvest Festival) October 11 - 14 & 16 - 20 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 is celebrating the harvest with a flurry of activity. Our costumed staff will be preparing and baking traditional German recipes. Traditional beverages will be brewed and produce from our gardens will be dried and preserved. Open on Thanksgiving Day! Drop by after the parade and try some Zwiebelkuchen (onion cake) and Pflaumenkuchen (Plum cake) right from our wood fired oven. 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

Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour

October 11-13 & 16-19; 11am Tour Starts at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store 17 Benton Street, Kitchener (C/H; FF)

Discover the food and drink of downtown Kitchener with celebrated food writer Andrew Coppolino. Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour will expose you to the restaurants in the Downtown area — but, perhaps more importantly, Andrew will also introduce you to the Cooks and Restaurateurs (let’s call them passionate culinary artisans!) who work wonders with the best of what our Region grows and makes and, in fact, some of the best from around the world. We’ll sample their creations often along with a beverage. The tour will run two to three-hours with only a few blocks of walking on level ground. The Chefs and Restaurateurs will introduce themselves and describe

the restaurant and their dish and how it was made. ADMISSION: $95 (includes food, drink, taxes and gratuities). Tickets available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store, call 519-570-4267 ext. 221or www. oktoberfest.ca INFO: call 519-500-8247

German Pioneers Day

Tuesday, October 15; 3pm Exhibits, 4pm Brass Band, 5pm Official Program Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda 200 King Street W., Kitchener (C/H)

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 and/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 4pm. The Awards Ceremony begins at 5pm. ADMISSION: FREE INFO: Contact the German-Canadian Remembrance Society at info@germanrembrancesociety.com or 519-579-6185


Saturday, October 12; 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, children’s entertainment, face painting 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 and a whole lot more. ADMISSION: $10 per family (which includes all games); Food available at

an additional charge. Tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds go to KW Gymnastics. INFO: For additional information contact KW Gymnastics at 519-7434970 or visit www.kwgymnastics.ca

Harvest Celebration

Monday, October 14; 9:30am - 4pm Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum 10 Huron Road, Kitchener (C/H; FF; L/E)

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. Festivities include horse-drawn wagon rides, musical entertainment, seasonal activities and samples of delicious heritage apples. Admission includes main gallery and feature exhibits, plus Doon Heritage Village (open seasonally) and the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. ADMISSION: Adults - $11; Student/Seniors - $8; Children (5-12) $5; Children (under 5) FREE INFO: www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca or call 519-748-1914

Harvest Festival celebrates Kitchener Market’s 150th Saturday, October 5; 7am - 7pm Kitchener Market 300 King Street E., Kitchener (M/C/S; F/C; F/F)

Join us today for a celebration of our vendors. There will be music, dancers, corn roast, licensed area and more! Please bring a nonperishable item for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. FREE EVENT INFO: Contact 519-741-2287 or info@kitchenermarket.ca or visit www.kitchenermarket.ca

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EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Kitchener Oktoberfest Atom Tournament October 25 – 27; Various times Starting at 7am until 10pm daily

Various Kitchener Arenas (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 Kitchener Oktoberfest Atom Hockey Tournament. The competitive tournament attracts Boys & Girls teams (ages 9 - 10) in North America and will provide the highest level of competition. Each player (from each division championship winning team) will receive a quality hockey stick and the Division MVP players will win a pair of skates! Proceeds from this event will go to Kitchener Minor Hockey. FREE for Spectators; INFO: www.kitchenerminorhockey.com

Kitchener Willkommen Platz Friday, October 11 & Saturday, October 12; 10am-7pm

King Street (between Frederick & College Street, Kitchener near Crabby Joes) (FF; L/E; F)

The hub of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is located at the Willkommen Platz on King Street in Downtown Kitchener. The “Bavarian Village” features a licensed beer garden, midway, daily entertainment, displays and activities, food and beverages as well as official souvenirs and visitor information. Fun for the

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whole family. Enjoy the sights and 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-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run presented by The Record

– 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. 11 to Sun. Oct.13 10am - 8pm Mon.Oct. 14 (Thanksgiving) 9am - 6pm Tues. Oct.15 - Thur. Oct.17 12pm - 6pm Fri. Oct 18 & Sat.Oct. 19 10am - 8pm

Monday, October 14; 8am

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

Start: Weber Street between Queen Street and Ontario Street, Kitchener Finish: Moses Springer Arena, 150 Lincoln Road, Waterloo (S/T)

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade

Kick-off the Kitchener-Waterloo 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. 238

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

Monday, October 14; 8:30am

Kitchener to Waterloo along Weber Street Start: Weber St. & Frederick St., Kitchener Finish: Weber St. & 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 before 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

Official Closing Ceremonies Saturday, October 19; 12:30am

Saturday, October 12; 10am - 6pm Sunday, October 13; 10am - 6pm

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

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

Teams from across Ontario, in Mens (D, E) & Co-ed (C, D, E, F)) divisions will be competing at this provincial qualifier. Top qualifying teams will be invited to the 2020 Provincial Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario The tournament is celebrating its 32nd anniversary in 2019. 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)

KWO Oktoberfest Natural Classic

Saturday, October 5; Pre-Judging: 9am & Awards Show: 1pm Maxwell’s Concert Hall 35 University Avenue E., Waterloo (C/A; FF; S/T)

The #KWOSHOW encompasses the hardwork & dedication of the bodybuilding sport and natural athletes from across Canada who come to compete and display their physiques and fitness levels. There are also fitness vendors, healthy food to taste and even at a fitness event you can find beer and the New Dundee Food Truck! 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 Melnychuk at melis.melnychuk@gmail.com.

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

Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot42 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. TICKETS: $40 pp+HST; to order call 519-570-4267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Miss Oktoberfest Gala presented by Mercedes-Benz Kitchener-Waterloo Friday, October 4; 6pm-1am

Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot42 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener (L/E)

The Miss Oktoberfest Gala, presented by Mercedes Benz KW, 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. The crowning of Miss Oktoberfest 2019 promises to be the highlight of the evening. Join us for the “Social Event of the Year in the Waterloo Region!” ADMISSION: tickets are $160+HST per person and are available by request at KatieO@oktoberfest.ca or 519-570-4267 x238

2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest closes with a bang at the Official Closing Ceremonies. Say goodbye to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for another year! The evening includes visits from Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and many more! Tickets available at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Official Opening Ceremonies Friday, October 11; 11:15am

King Street & Frederick Street 70 King Street E., Kitchener (L/E)

The fanfare of trumpeters will be sounding from the rooftops on Friday, October 11th at 11:15 am, announcing the Official Opening of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest, North America’s largest Bavarian Festival! Downtown Kitchener 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, Tim Beckett, the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest and our favourite ambassador Onkel Hans in kicking off the nine days of celebration and the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit. The ceremony is televised live by CTV. FREE EVENT INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

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Saturday, October 19; 9am – 3pm The Inn of Waterloo Parking Lot 475 King Street N., Waterloo (L/E)

Bring your ride to The Inn of Waterloo Parking Lot on Saturday, October 19th and display it for all to see! Vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages fill the parking lot at Inn of Waterloo during this annual event. No cost to enter a vehicle! Call the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest office to register. FREE EVENT INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or www.oktoberfest.ca

Oktoberfest Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration Tuesday, October 15; 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

Oktoberfest Family Breakfast

Saturday, October 12; 7:30am – 11am* Bingemans 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener (C/H; F; FF) *While Supplies Last

Join us for the FREE Oktoberfest Family Breakfast hosted by CHYM 96.7, Country 106.7 and 570 News! Enjoy FREE Aunt Jemima pancakes and Piller’s sausages, Wellesley Apple Cider and Tim Hortons coffee! Pancakes and

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sausages prepared by Conestoga College Culinary Arts Students. FREE 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 519-7432611

the parade route. Thank you for lending a helping hand! FREE EVENT; Donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region on the parade route.

Oktoberfest Warm-Up Fundraiser for BIAWW

Kick off Oktoberfest right! On October 11, tri-Pride will rock the region with PRIDETOBERFEST. Come out and dance the night away with the LGBTQ+ Community at THEMUSEUM in Downtown Kitchener. Featuring the amazing Drag Entertainers from Troy Boy Entertainment, the incredible DJ Jayson Spank, delicious food and drink, as well as access to the inspiring exhibits offered by THEMUSEUM. ADMISSION: $25 in advance or $30 at the door; Tickets are available through Eventbrite. INFO: www.tri-pride.ca or contact TriPride Community Association at info@tri-pride.ca

Thursday, October 3; 7pm - 10pm Victoria Pavillion 80 Schneider Avenue, Kitchener (C/M/D)

Can’t wait for the Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest to start! Join us for a night of fun and FUNdraising for the Brain Injury Association Waterloo-Wellington. This event will feature beer and food nibbles with an authentic Oktoberfest flavour. Games, Silent Auction & more! This is an adults only event; guests must be over 19 years of age to attend. ADMISSION: $50/each; Tickets are available through Eventbrite. INFO: visit www.biaww.org or email info@biaww.com


Friday, October 11; 8pm - 1am THEMUSEUM 10 King Street W., Kitchener (C/M/D)

So You Think You Can Tanz

Tuesday, October 15; Doors open at 6pm; Event starts at 7pm Alpine Club 464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener (C/H; C/M/D; C/A)

Onkel Hans Food Drive Monday, October 14; 8:30am

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade (Weber Street, from Frederick Street to Bridgeport Road) (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 and Kitchener Nissan 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

Celebrating 12 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 the winner for this year! Along with this action packed event, dance your shoes off to the music of Wildbahn and show your support for the local German dance groups! ADMISSION: $15.00 per person. Seating on first come first served basis, reserved seating available for groups of 12+. Tickets available through Alpine Club, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s Official Retail Store, or contact the participating groups. Be

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon

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.

UpTown Waterloo Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race

Saturday, October 12; 11am-1pm Waterloo Public Square 75 King Street S., Waterloo (S/T)

Roll out the Barrel! Participate in our annual relay-style keg race! Teams of 4 will be racing for the best time in order to win awesome prize packages from generous sponsors. Children can participate with wheel barrow races too! 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.

Thursday, October 10; 11:30 am – 1pm Waterloo Public Square 75 King Street S. (King & Willis Way) Uptown Waterloo (L/E)

Victorian Thanksgiving at Woodside October 11 - 13, 17 - 19; 9am - 4pm

Woodside National Historic Site 528 Wellington Street N. (off Spring Valley Road), Kitchener (C/H; FF)

Woodside National Historic Site presents a traditional Thanksgiving in the Victorian Era. The boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King is decorated for the harvest season. The estate will be ablaze with fall colours, perfect for a picnic, an afternoon stroll, or picture taking. 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 County Quilters’ Guild 2019 Quilt Exhibit 36th Annual Victoria Place Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 16; 11:30am-2pm Victoria Place 290 Queen Street S., Kitchener (C/M/D; L/E)

Join us at Victoria Place to celebrate the 36th Annual Victoria Place Oktoberfest! This event is great for seniors in KitchenerWaterloo! Enjoy live music and delicious 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/ retirement-living/locations/victoria-place or call 519-576-1300.

October 18 - 19; 10am - 5pm

Forbes Family Hall at RIM Park Manulife Financial Sportsplex 2001 University Avenue E., Waterloo (C/H; FF; M/C/S)

The 2019 Waterloo County Quilters’ Exhibit showcases over 200 quilts including bed & lap quilts, wall hangings, art quilts, quilted garments, miniature quilts and charity quilts. There will be door prizes, a “Small Quilt” draw, vendors and a Members’ Boutique of quilted items for sale. ADMISSION: $8 tickets are available at the door. INFO: visit www.wcquiltersguild.on.ca

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

Willkommen! A German Celebration

Sunday, October 20; Noon - 4pm Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum 10 Huron Road, Kitchener (C/H; FF; L/E)

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. Festivities include, horse-drawn wagon rides, musical entertainment, seasonal activities and samples of delicious heritage apples. Admission includes main gallery and feature exhibits, plus Doon Heritage Village (open seasonally) and the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. ADMISSION: Adults - $11; Students/Seniors - $8; Children (5-12) $5, Children (under 5) - FREE INFO: www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca or call 519-748-1914

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Try one for FREE at: Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon October 10th @ 11:00 am OR with a donation at: Kitchener City Council Grillfest in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region October 11th @ 11:00 am During Kitchener-Waterloo Opening Ceremonies

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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 German-Canadian 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

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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 provided by Wildbahn - make the Alpine Club a popular choice on any of the eight days they are open during KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest! There is no typical crowd at the Alpine Club; you will find the patrons range from 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

BAYERISCHES HAUS (Elements Night Club & Lions Club of Kitchener) 90 King St. W., Kitchener www.elementsnightclub.ca

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Kitchener, Elements Night Club will be transformed into Bayerisches Haus, the newest next generation Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Festhalle! Get your Tracht on and “kommen sie tanzen mit uns”, celebrate the Bavarian in you. Bayerisches Haus will be keeping their fest-goers entertained with a live DJ mixing popular hits with German Style for a one of a kind experience. The popular Rocktoberfest event

ACCREDITED FESTHALLEN will find its new home at Bayerisches Haus on Sunday, October 13th. The Trews will take the stage at Elements Night Club joined by special guest The Lazys. Show will be 19+ with doors opening at 7pm. This is a community partnership, combining a wealth of experience from CMG Entertainment and the Lions Club of Kitchener, who brought you Altes München Haus for over four decades. The CMG is in support of community involvement and Lions Club of Kitchener to raise funds in support of Dog Guides along with many more community projects.

Capacity: 1,000

winning haus band, featuring Fred Hale & Blackwater Draw, 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

Capacity: 3,950


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


(Chicopee) 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener 519-894-5610 www.chicopee.ca Chicopee Haus offers a unique fun-filled Oktoberfest experience! Chicopee has been a not-for-profit pillar in this Region since 1934 and is celebrating 85 fun-filled years in the community! During Oktoberfest our rustic chalet is transformed into a Festhalle that defines Gemütlichkeit! Enjoy the evening relaxing outdoors on one of the Muskoka chairs by the fire pit or try your luck in the shooting range; fire a pumpkin from the trebuchet, shoot the potato guns, blast a pumpkin from the canon, or throw an axe in the range. Be entertained indoors by our award

offers up great German fare six days a week, all year round! Concordia Club has three locations for a meal, The Schenke Restaurant, Main Hall & the Oktoberfest tent. Dress: clean & casual and Bavarian Tracht, of course. Tickets are only available through the Club. Call 519-745-5617 or visit www.concordiaclub.ca

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 KitchenerWaterloo 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)


(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: the 50th anniversary of Bogenschuetzenfest, Family Day and enjoyable evenings with authentic Oktoberfest music by “Seven Castles”, food & dance groups. Let Hubertushaus make your Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest visit a truly memorable experience! What is Bogenschuetzenfest? This family friendly event is the longest continuous running Family & Cultural Event and is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2019! Anyone with a barebow and 2 special blunttipped arrows may participate in Bogenschuetzenfest on Saturday,

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October 12th. The aim is to knock off parts of a Styrofoam eagle mounted on top of a 35’ pole. On Sunday, October 13, participants can compete in the Running Boar Tournament, where the target is a 3D replica of a wild boar travelling at approximately 20 km/h. Any bow is allowed and field tip arrows.

Capacity: 540

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

Conveniently located Downtown Kitchener Koenigstrasse Garten offers a relaxing environment 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. Koenigstrasse Garten provides the best in local favourites and classic Irish dishes and drinks. Featuring the largest patio in the tri-city area. Special Oktoberfest menu, festivities and giveaways. with Gemuetlichkeit and more, it’s THE place to be no ticket needed. Come and enjoy!!

Capacity: 275 inside Capacity: 230 outdoor patio

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night for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2019! Their high energy performance, blend of traditional and contemporary music and audience engagement will keep the party going at Oktoberfesthaus each night! This Festhalle is cashless. You’ll be able to buy anything you need with just your RFID wristband. In order to reap the full benefits of the cashless system, remember to register in advance! You’ll be able to set up your account, add money in advance and request a refund for any unused funds following the event!

Capacity: 4500


Lot42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener 519-570-4267 www.oktoberfesthaus.ca

Oktoberfesthaus is one of our newest Festhallen at KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. This SuperHall was launched in 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. This exciting Festhalle provides a new place to polka the night away and celebrate in a MASSIVE Hall experience. Oktoberfesthaus will be housed on the LOT42 Global Flex Campus and is one of the biggest Festhallen in the festival. Open five (5) evenings (Friday, Saturday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Authentic music, entertainment, food, games and much more! Check out Oktoberfesthauskw on facebook for last year’s photos and videos! The Golden Keys will be headlining the main stage every


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

Come on out to the Schwaben Club and be part of an Oktoberfest focused on comradery and tradition. With German beer on tap, award winning German food (schnitzel, cabbage rolls, pretzels, strudel just to name a few items), two separate Festhallen featuring talented live bands (Weiss Blau and the Steve Angel Band) and spacious dance floors, games booths, and authentic entertainment throughout the evening, you will experience what GEMÜTLICHKEIT truly means.

Capacity: 640



Lot42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener 519-744-1191 www.transylvaniaclub.com

Transylvania Club will once again be partnering with Oktoberfesthaus for the 2019 festival! As previous “Best in Festin” award winners and the 2017 winner of Best Customer Service and Most Authentic German Food, Transylvania Club will be bringing their renowned German hospitality to one of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s newest Festhalle! Get your

ticket to Transylvania Club at Oktoberfesthaus for a night to remember. You’ll have access to Oktoberfesthaus, with great authentic entertainment, food and music and the fantastic Transylvania Club kick! There is sure to be a visit from the outstanding Transylvania Club Dance Group. This group of talented dancers have not only travelled across North America and Europe, but are also a multi-year winner of the “So You Think You Can Tanz” competition! Tickets for Transylvania Club at Oktoberfesthaus will be available each night Oktoberfesthaus is open!

Capacity: 4500

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Bayerisches Haus (Elements Night Club) (M)

Chicopee Haus (S)

Concordia Club (L)

Hubertushaus (Mannheim) (S)






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

6pm - 1am $29

7pm - 1am $19.50+HST Student/ University Night

6pm - 1am $ 16

Fri. Oct . 11

10am -4pm 50th Annual Bogenschuetzenfest 6:30pm -1am $22

$12 6pm - 1am $26

matinee dance group showcase


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

7pm - 1am $19.50+HST Beatoberfest

5pm - 1am $ 18

Sat. Oct. 12

Family Day

11:30 -4:30pm $15.75 Kids 14& Under FREE

12pm - 6pm $12 Family Day

7pm - 1am $35+HST Rocktoberfest Ft The Trews

1pm - 6pm $ 10 Family Day

Sun. Oct. 13

11am - 6pm $12 Family Day

1pm - 6pm $ 10 Family Day

Mon. Oct. 14

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

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

Tues. Oct. 15

7pm - 1am $16 Student/ Industry Night

Wed. Oct. 16

6pm - 12am $22 Corporate Night

6pm - 11pm $ 10

Thurs. Oct. 17

6:30pm - 1am $22

6pm - 1am $26

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

7pm - 1am $19.50+HST Ft Lulu’s and TooMutchClutch

6pm - 1am $ 17

Fri. Oct. 18

6:30pm 1am $26

6pm - 1am $29

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

7pm - 1am $19.50+HST

5pm - 1am $ 21

Sat. Oct. 19

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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Schwaben Hall

Schwaben Hall



Main Hall

5pm - 1am $22+HST

Main Hall

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

12pm - 2am FREE

6pm - 1am $20+HST

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

12pm - 2am FREE

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

12pm - 2am 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


Check bus and train timetables posted in participating Festhallen.

Fridays & Saturdays during the Festival 11:30pm - approx. 2:30am


Schwaben Hall


Main Hall


5pm - 1am $28+HST

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

12pm - 2am FREE

6pm - 1am $20+HST

6pm - 1am $20

6pm - 1am $20

12pm- 2am FREE

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.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel

730 Old 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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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. Enjoy & relax in our indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. We also offer an on-site fitness facility. Please contact us directly and take advantage of our special Kitchener-Waterloo 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.

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

www.crowneplaza.com Located just minutes off of the 401 in the heart of downtown Kitchener. The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-

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Waterloo is within walking distance of major attractions, restaurants and entertainment. The hotel was designed with unique style and amenities to help you rest, relax and connect. The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo has many amenities to keep the whole family entertained! We boast a large heated indoor pool, oversized hot tub, sauna, the largest hotel fitness facility in the Waterloo Region, 5-pin bowling, indoor 9-hole mini-golf, coin operated arcade, and 15,000 square ft. of meeting and event space. The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo was designed with your comfort in mind. We have 201 recently renovated guest rooms that have amenities to make you feel at home! Each room is equipped with a mini-fridge, coffee maker, microwave, flat-screen television, easy-to-use wireless internet, and much more! The Aqua Lounge & Restaurant is conveniently located in the lobby of the hotel. A diverse menu is offered in a casual atmosphere for all to enjoy. Spoil yourself with delicious foods from both land and sea. An impressive selection of wine and beer is also offered.

handcrafted cocktails. At Delta Hotels Waterloo, delight in trendy comforts and memorable experiences.

Delta Waterloo

45 Benjamin Road, St. Jacobs 519-514-0088

110 Erb Street W., Waterloo 519-514-0404 dhr.ykfdw.reservations@deltahotels.com www.marriott.com/ykfdw Seek a blend of fashion and functionality at Delta Hotels Waterloo. Nestled in the heart of UpTown, our hotel gives prospective students, visiting families and professional educators premier access to both University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. You’ll enjoy our close proximity to Centre in the Square, the city of Kitchener, RIM Park and St. Jacob’s Market. After exploring the vibrant area, retire to relaxation in our stylish rooms and suites, boasting modern décor, free Wi-Fi, room service and Smart TVs with Netflix access to make the most of your getaway. Accentuate your Ontario, Canada dining experience at Proof Kitchen & Lounge, our contemporary restaurant serving locally inspired cuisine. You can end your evenings with our craft beers, premium wines and

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

hiexwaterloosj@wgroup.ca www.hiexpress.com/waterloosj Welcome to the award-winning Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo/St. Jacobs. We are located at the heart of Southern Ontario, just steps away from the St. Jacobs Market and a few minutes drive from Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Festallen! We offer complimentary breakfast and parking along with other amenities including a fitness center, an indoor heated pool and more! Our 100% smoke-free rooms feature a fridge, microwave, iron and board, 42” flat screen TV, speakerphone and free high-speed internet access. 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 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 complimentary 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 and 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 Ein Wiesn-Schmankerl – Hoch lebe die Weisswurst! A warm welcome to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Guests to the newly renovated Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo where we take pride in personal and friendly service! We feature well-appointed guestrooms and one bedroom suites. Each guestroom comes with a fridge, microwave, free internet, flat screen TV and in-room movies. Enjoy our indoor heated pool or workout in our fitness centre. Guests receive complimentary parking and have a choice of four amazing onsite restaurants – The Library Café, The Charcoal Steakhouse, del’s Enoteca Pizzeria and Martini’s! The Radisson Hotel is 100% non-smoking and pet friendly too! (small pet fee applies). Centrally located to Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Easy access to HWY# 401 and Hwy #8. Within ten minutes to Concordia Club, Schwaben Club, and various 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 acers 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 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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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.

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 KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest Pretzel for over 20 years!

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ACCREDITED PARTNERS 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.”

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 almost four 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!

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 KitchenerWaterloo 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

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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.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS BATL/Backyard Axe Throwing League 69 Agnes Street, Kitchener

www.batlgrounds.com 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.

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

Drayton Entertainment

Three Locations in Waterloo Region! 1-855-372-9866 boxoffice@draytonentertainment.com www.draytonentertainment.com Drayton Entertainment is a registered, not-for-profit charitable organization and one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies. From Broadway musicals, to laugh-a-minute comedies and riveting dramas, Drayton Entertainment presents the finest in live theatre for all ages at seven unique venues across Ontario: the Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton, the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge in Cambridge, Huron Country Playhouse and Playhouse II in Grand Bend, King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs.

Grand River Rocks

50 Borden Avenue S. Unit 1, Kitchener 519-742-1389 info@grandriverrocks.com www.grandriverrocks.com Grand River Rocks is KitchenerWaterloo’s only gym dedicated to indoor rock climbing. The 14,000 square foot facility offers bouldering and rope climbing of various difficulty for beginner and seasoned climbers alike. Offerings include yoga and fitness

ACCREDITED PARTNERS CATEGORY NAME classes, camps, youth programs, parties, guided climbs, and lessons. Grand River Rocks will also be opening a new location in Waterloo this winter!

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! With 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. If you’re brave enough, then visit Fear Farm at night and try this year’s brand new haunt, 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.


Downtown Kitchener, 10 King Street W., Kitchener 519-749-9387

thinking and inspired play for all stages of life. Featuring five floors and 55,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions, THEMUSEUM has a little bit of everything… and a whole lot of imagination, education, and good ol’ fashion fun.


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 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.

Over the Limit Designated Drivers

and Guelph, plus surrounding areas, and has over 20 local vehicles to serve your needs. They are not a taxi company; however, they are in the business of supplying you with a Designated Driver to get you and your car home from the event you have been to. Once you call them, they will dispatch one car with two drivers. One driver will drive you and your guests home in your own vehicle, while the other car follows behind to pick your driver up at the end of the ride. You do not need to be under the influence of alcohol to use our service – medical appointments with at least 24 hour notice can be arranged. If you wish, you may contact them to pre-book your ride.

The Floral Studio Co.

175 Borden Avenue S., Kitchener 519-743-3531 hello@thefloralstudioco.com www.thefloralstudioco.com Established in 2018, the Floral Studio Co. is your hub for all things beautiful, offering you a convenient and comfortable stop for your floral and gifting needs. With a retail store situated in the heart of Kitchener portraying a sense of charm and sophisticated simplicity, we are excited to build a community within the exposed brick walls and high ceilings that sparks creativity and provides a sense of home for our customers, while appealing to every budget.

Kitchener and Waterloo Area 888-594-9144

overthelimit@hotmail.com www.overthelimitdd.com Over The Limit Designated Drivers serves Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo

info@THEMUSEUM.ca www.THEMUSEUM.ca We are THEMUSEUM – one word, UPPERCASE. We are a new kind of museum – one of ideas and experiences. No dusty objects and no velvet ropes. We are dedicated to presenting fresh, relevant cultural content from around the globe in unique and interactive ways that intersect art, science & technology. We are a premier cultural destination and a hub for creative

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5 Manitou Drive, Kitchener 1585 Victoria Street N., Kitchener 7 King Street N., Waterloo www.stagshop.com Stag Shop, Canada’s number one Adult store is independently owned, locally operated and family run. Stag Shop has been enhancing sex-positive attitudes since 1972. Built on product knowledge and customer service, Stag Shop is committed to providing outstanding service in a relaxed shopping atmosphere. Offering something for almost every fantasy and taste. KW’s original adult fun store carries a wide variety of quality adult & novelty products at competitive prices. For over forty years, Stag Shop has enhanced the sexual well-being of local, Tri-City, fun loving adults and helped make sex fun! Visit us in-store or online at StagShop.com





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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



Proud Supporter of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest


Communities | Better Futures | North America


POWER Laborors’ international Union of North America


10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914 www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca

On exhibit to January 5, 2020


466 Queen Street South, Kitchener 519-742-7752 www.schneiderhaus.ca

89 Grand Avenue South, Cambridge 519-624-8250 www.mcdougallcottage.ca

On exhibit October 11, 2019 to April 26, 2020

Exhibit and Silent Auction

On exhibit to December 8, 2019

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2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Inc.

Board of Directors President

1st Vice-President

Past President



Director Marketing

Tim Beckett

Scott Henderson

Andrew Roth

Tony Papa

Director FCE & German Heritage

Allan Cayenne

Director - Festhallen Operations & Accreditation


Bob Foster

Tim Hattle

Director Community Engagement

Director - Sport

Robert Hesch

Director Business Development

Rob Orendi

Melissa Melnychuk

Director Event Productions

Kerry-Lynn Wilkie

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Margo Jones

Kelly Wilker

Executive Director

Alfred Lowrick


2019 Volunteer Chairs COMMITTEE ........................................................... CHAIR

A Blooming Affair............................. Tara Hebblethwaite Archives.................................................Heidi Peller-Oliver Ceremonies....................................................... Sarah Milne Corporate Sponsorship..............................Laura Pfanner Culinary........................................................Darryl Fletcher Downtown Production.....................................Tim Hattle FCE-Community Partnerships......Stephanie Grebinski Festival Entertainment....................................Rudi Senger Festival Promotions.......................................Corey Carter Festhallen Operations & Accreditation ....John McNeely Finance................................................................Tony Papa Gemuetlichkeit..........................................Kathy Schertzer German Heritage.............................................. Bob Foster Hospitality.......................................................Craig Feehan Keg Tapping Committee.............................Art Primosch

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

KWO 5K Fun Run......................................Brian Whiffin Maypole ............................................................John Strong Miss Oktoberfest & Gala ............. Susan Cook-Scheerer Oktoberfest Car Show.............................Rick McDonald Oktoberfest Golf Experience......................Craig Moore Oktoberfest Mascots.......................................Mark Potter Onkel Hans Food Drive........................... Jackie Herrgott Parade.............................................................Eric Scheffler President’s Invitational Luncheon...............Margo Jones Schools...................................................Frank Kecskemeti 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 400 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 30hth, one clue will be given daily, Monday through Friday, in the morning on 91.5 the Beat and will appear in that day’s Waterloo Region Record. • Previously released clues will be on display at all Sobeys locations in Kitchener-Waterloo. • 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. For 46 years, A Blooming Affair has been the fall fashion event in Waterloo Region, featuring an amazing selection in women’s and men’s wear from many of the area’s leading independent retailers. A Blooming Affair consistently attracts over 600 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 Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region. Advance tickets are recommended for this popular

event and are available through the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store (519-570-4267 x221) or online at www.oktoberfest.ca. General Admission Tickets are $40 each; VIP Admission Tickets are $55 each.

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show Sunday, October 6, 2019 12pm Grand Magazine’s Boulevard of Boutiques 2pm Fashion Show Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Rogers Women of the Year The Kitchener-Waterloo 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 48 www.oktoberfest.ca

The Kitchener-Waterloo 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. Tickets are $40+HST and are available online at www.oktoberfest.ca.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00pm - Awards Show Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot42, 41 Ardelt Place, Kitchener


In Studio Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. From dirndls to lederhosen, and sausages to schnitzels, let In Studio on Rogers tv . be your guide to this year’s Oktoberfest! TM

In Studio is your source for all things local, year-round. Join us weekly as guests dish about all sorts of topics, from cooking to fitness, and decor to community events. Stay connected to what’s happening 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 14, 2019

Join us for Canada’s Greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 14, 2019. 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 8:30am 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, Fergus Pipe Band, the Ceremonial 50 www.oktoberfest.ca

Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service and Top Hat Marching Orchestra. Bleacher seating is available for $8 a person and can be purchased through the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store. 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 Hot & Cold Cereal Stew, Chili & Soup Beans in Sauce Canned Vegetables

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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

Tante Frieda The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Family is back together! Tante Frieda will join Onkel Hans and Ziggy unt Zaggy Steiner again for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2019. Thirty years ago, Frieda left KitchenerWaterloo to spread the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit throughout the world. After a lengthy long distance relationship, Tante Frieda returned to the loves of her life, Onkel Hans and Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival – and now she is here to stay! Look for Tante Frieda at select KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest events. She would love to meet you! 52 www.oktoberfest.ca

Frankenmuth, Michigan. 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!


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 2019 will be crowned at the Miss Oktoberfest Gala held on Friday, October

Sandra Dynka, Miss Oktoberfest 2018

4th at Oktoberfesthaus @ Lot42. Tickets are $160+HST per person and are available by request at KatieO@oktoberfest.ca or 519-570-4267 x238.



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 2019!

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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 the thousands of 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 $21.8 million economic benefit to the region. Over the last 50 years an average of $1.5 million has been generated annually for not-for-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! As a result of the Festival, 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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costumes, has dozens of variations and styles. 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 and train 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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2018 Volunteers of the Year Maureen Phillips Maureen has been with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for 20 years. She has worked with the Women of the Year Committee and most recently, she serves on A Blooming Affair Committee. She is always pleasant, approachable, and is dedicated to A Blooming Affair and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. In her time on the committee, Moe has been to every meeting, every set-up day, and is always the first one there and the last to leave. She goes above and beyond the call of duty for A Blooming Affair. She is filled with the spirit of Gemütlichkeit, dedicated to the event year round, speaks volumes of the Festival to anyone she meets, is constantly bringing new volunteers out, and does it all with a smile. Moe connects everyone to A Blooming Affair and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest year-round and does it simply because she loves what she does. Marjorie Wood Marjorie has been with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for 33 years. She has worked with a number of committees including the Coin Committee, Public Relations, Toronto Conventions and Lottery Committee. Most recently, she serves on the Keg Tapping Team Committee and formerly on the Conventions Committee for 24 years. Her background in Tourism and Hospitality provides her with a wealth of knowledge and experience which she uses to promote the Festival. She is always helpful, courteous and an extremely hardworking volunteer who is not afraid to go out of her way to assist others. She is always willing to promote the Festival when an opportunity arises to whomever she meets. The Spirit of Giving! Have you ever thought about the logistics of hosting thousands of participants during a nine-day international Festival, promoting the spirit of Gemütlichkeit? The Festival would not be possible without the dedication of over 400 volunteers, who help to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Find out more! volunteers.oktoberfest.ca 56 www.oktoberfest.ca


Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

K-W Oktoberfest Heritage Carillon The K-W Oktoberfest Heritage Carillon (formerly the Oktoberfest Heritage Time Teller) 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 last year’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, this UpTown Waterloo landmark received not only a complete facelift, but an entire rework of its components. The newly renovated structure features an 18bell Carillon interior. With these upgrades, the Carillon 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 time teller featured a centerpiece consisting of various anthropomorphic instruments, a steam paddle wheel and beer steins that swayed and moved to traditional Polka

Music. The instruments 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 Construction, who under Bernie Melloul’s leadership, was instrumental in constructing the original time teller, it has been brought back to its former glory as our K-W Oktoberfest Heritage Carillon. A special thanks to the City of Waterloo, Pfaff Porsche, Porsche of London, K-W Oktoberfest Inc. Board of Directors, the German-Canadian Remembrance Society, Past Presidents – Harry Vogt and Vic Degutis as well as other private donators for their generosity and support of this project. Proceeds from the 2018 Porsche Boxster Dream Car Lottery were donated towards paying for the renovation.






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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. 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 German-Canadian Clubs, service clubs and Bingemans to solicit their support and 60 www.oktoberfest.ca

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 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ran five days, 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 51st 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. 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 62 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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