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Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival


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Greetings from

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Greetings from the City of Cambridge and ‘Willkommen’ to our community!

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 48th annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, October 7 through 15, 2016.


As we celebrate the 48th Annual KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest, it’s important to recognize the huge impact this festival has on our region. The volunteer support is a testament to our community spirit and family focus. Enjoy the wealth of activities as we share our cultural pride, rich heritage, and showcase our natural beauty to the thousands who join in on the festivities. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest provides a wonderful opportunity to partake in the finest events, traditional dining experiences and entertainment; it’s about friends, family and tradition. While in the region, take an opportunity to explore Cambridge, visit our Cambridge Bavaria Haus at the Newfoundland Club or join me and members of Cambridge City Council for our Community Oktoberfest Luncheon on Wednesday, October 5th . We extend our appreciation to the dedicated staff, volunteers and generous sponsors who make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest so successful each and every year. Oktoberfest is Wunderbar!


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. It’s an amazing cultural experience with opportunities for fun and celebration of the harvest in abundance. I want to thank all of the dedicated staff and volunteers, generous sponsors and enthusiastic supporters who make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest so successful. 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 500 volunteers, as well as community and service club members to ensure the festival runs smoothly. More than 40 Family and Cultural events will be taking place throughout our region during the festival. I hope to see you and your family at the Opening Ceremonies on October 7th, the Thanksgiving Day Parade on October 10, or at one of the Festhallen located throughout the region. Oktoberfest ist wunderbar! Sincerely,





Greetings from

Greetings from

On behalf of council and the citizens of the City of Waterloo, it is truly a pleasure to extend a warm “Willkommen” to everyone attending Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest, running October 7 – 15, 2016.

Dear Friends,


Culture is the heartbeat of our community. When people gather to enjoy the fun and excitement of a high caliber event our city is truly at its best. Waterloo is steeped in tradition, and no other festival brings out our heritage roots like Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. This celebration of German food, music and festivities is truly “Wunderbar”! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is the largest Bavarian festival in North America. We hope that you will take some time during this nine-day fête to explore all that Waterloo has to offer. From world-class recreational facilities and inviting parks and trails, to excellent library services, wonderful galleries and museums Waterloo boasts a vibrant cultural lifestyle our residents and visitors have grown to love.

THE REGION OF WATERLOO This Region celebrates the many cultures that have made it the cosmopolitan community it is today. October is our chance to relax and enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, a reminder that we have strong German roots in Waterloo Region. There are so many activities across the Region that there is something for everyone – whether you live in the Region or are a visitor. Relax, take part, and enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest as it unfolds in 2016. Have a great Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest!! Prost !!


So welcome to Waterloo and thank you for spending time with us. I know you’ll have an incredible time experiencing the spirit of “Gemuetlichkeit” and will leave the festival with many wonderful stories to share. Sincerely,


K I TC H E N E R WAT E R LO O ALPINE CLUB 464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener • 519-744-1521

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.’

HUBERTUSHAUS 1605 Bleams Road, Mannheim • 519-634-8491 or get tickets at


Transylvania Haus at the Stampede Corral

248 Stirling Avenue S., Kitchener • 519-744-1191

Traditional Food • Great Music Award Winning Entertainment Winner of the 2013, 2012 & 2011 Festers’ Choice Award for Best Large Oktoberfest Halle. 2013 Festers’ Choice Award for Best Sauerkraut! 2014 Festers’ Choice Award for Best Service!

GERMANCLUBS Concordia Club

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

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

Features two unique Fest Halls with Award Winning bands The Golden Keys and The Steve Angel Band Award Winning food and Entertaining Dance Groups Join Us for “GEMUETLICHKEIT”!

The German Clubs ARE Oktoberfest! For Festhalle Tickets: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store 17 Benton Street, Kitchener • 519-570-4267 Buy Tickets Online at


Greetings from Alfred Lowrick

PRESIDENT OF K-W OKTOBERFEST INC. Guten Tag und herzlich willkommen zum 48. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! On behalf of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Board of Directors and our 500 passionate volunteers, it is my distinct honour to officially welcome everyone to join us for nine outstanding days of celebration at our 48th Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Our community is proud to host and celebrate our unique Germanic heritage, culture and traditions. It is our hope that you will experience our genuine warmth and hospitality while you are enjoying Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival. Each year we welcome in excess of 700,000 revellers to our Region as well as the nearby City of London to have some unparallelled fun, taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest, and experience the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit. We pride ourselves on our volunteer based operation which, by keeping focus on our core business and attracting tourism, is a significant contributor to the social, economic and cultural vitality of our Region, thereby generating international interest in our community year after year. Our festival was recently named by National Geographic Magazine as the best Oktoberfest in the world, outside of Munich, Germany. Why not join us and check out some of the over 40 different Family & Cultural events, visit one of our Festhallen, or experience Canada’s Greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 10. Whatever activities you and your family choose, you will not be disappointed. We know that you will cherish the many new friendships that you will form and the lifetime of memories that will be created while you are celebrating with us. Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo ist..............WUNDERBAR! Prost!



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


Online Trip Planner: 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................ 48

n Map of Accredited Festhallen................................. 36

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

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

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

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

n KWO All Year Round................................................. 70

n Accredited Dining, Attractions ................................ 40 n Accredited Retail, Community Partners..................41

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

In The Community

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

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

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

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

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

n Get Snap’d................................................................ 19

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

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

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

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




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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Souvenir Button

The essential keepsake, for all visitors to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, is the official souvenir button. Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has created an annual souvenir button featuring Oktoberfest scenes, musicians, dancers and, in more recent years, the lovable Onkel Hans character. There are three types of buttons available through our souvenir button program. The round button sells for $1.99, the pin sells for $3.99 and the Blinkie Pin sells for $6.49. These are available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store and at all festhallen. Start your collection today!

Festhalle Nights

Saturday October 8 & Friday October 14 / Saturday October 15

Oktoberfest Dinner

Plated gourmet dinner 7:00pm

Alpine Chalet & Outdoor Deck • Live Band • Twist on Traditional German Food & Drink • Outdoor Gaming & Pumpkin Trebuchet • Souvenirs • Traditional Music • Keg Tapping 396 Morrison Road I Kitchener, ON I 519.894.5610 I I 12

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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Getting better with age The origins of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest began with the festivities of a wedding in Bavaria, now celebrating its 206th anniversary!

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

Canada. The civic festival, which celebrates our local German Canadian heritage, has grown from a weekend event in one Festhalle into a nine-day event attracting over 700,000 people. In the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit, on Friday, October 7th at 11:15 am, Kitchener Civic Square will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revellers eager to kick-off the 2016 KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest. Honoured guests and dignitaries at the official Opening Ceremony will accompany our President, Alfred Lowrick, 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 18 Festhallen. There is something for everyone at KitchenerWaterloo 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 your friends and family by taking part in the many Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest events happening around town. Don’t know where to start? This simple guide provides some suggestions to help plan your weekend!



Start the weekend early by attending the official Opening Ceremonies & Keg Tapping at Kitchener City Hall, 11:15 am. Then plan on spending the day in downtown Kitchener as the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz will be set up in Carl Zehr Square. Lots of incredible food vendors, crafts and live music fill the square. If you need Oktoberfest tracht, souvenirs or Festhalle tickets, make the short walk to the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store at the corner of Benton and Charles. You’ll find everything you need to look festive and commemorate your visit to KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest.

Early Saturday morning at 7:30am, enjoy a free breakfast at the 35th Annual Oktoberfest Family Breakfast at Bingemans. If getting up early is not in the plans, then have lunch in Waterloo Public Square at the OktoberFEAST Food Truck Fest. Live entertainment, Bier Garten and a huge variety of Food Truck vendors will be available starting at 11am Saturday. Carl Zehr Square in Downtown Kitchener hosts our Fusstoberfest Human Foosball Tournament starting at 10am. Come down and watch some games and dine on authentic bavarian food in Willkommen Platz. There are also close to a dozen Family & Cultural events happening on Thanksgiving Weekend,

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just look at the schedule on page 18 of this FestGuide and try to take part in some of them with your family.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: Compete in the Running Boar Archery Tournament on the final day of Bogenschuetzenfest at Hubertushaus, where the target is a replica of a wild boar travelling at approximately 20 km/h. Head to Uptown Waterloo for day 2 of the OktoberFEAST Food Truck Fest in Waterloo Public Square from 11am to 5pm. Do some more shopping in the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store to get the hat you want to wear out to the Festhalle, or some tracht, souvenirs or tickets. Buy a bleacher seat for the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade happening Monday. Bleacher Seat Tickets are $8 and available at the Kitchener–Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10: Rise and Shine! It’s time to secure your spot on the parade route! The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 8:45 am, at King and Cedar Streets in Kitchener, and makes its way to Weber and Bridgeport Streets in Waterloo. Just before the parade starts, make sure you cheer on the runners from the 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 the only opportunity children have to get inside and do the chicken dance. Family Day events are planned at the Alpine Club, Altes Muenchen Haus, Concordia Club, Bingemans Carnival and Oktoberfest Haus in the Kitchener Market. For more information on these events, see the Calendar of Events on page 18 of this FestGuide, visit, or call 519-570-HANS (4267). 17


Family & Cultural Events



Date and time

Stein & Dine – A Unique Oktoberfest Culinary Experience


Thursday, September 8, 6 pm

Tour de Hans 100km and 50km Cycle


Sunday, September 25, 8:30 am - 100km, 9 am - 50km

Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball


Friday, September 30, 6 pm

Cambridge Community Oktoberfest Luncheon


A Blooming Affair Fashion Show


K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year

35th Annual Oktoberfest Family Breakfast

Wednesday, October 5, 6 pm Boulevard, 7:30 pm Fashion Show


Waterloo Mayor's Oktoberfest Luncheon


Wednesday, October 5, 11:30 am

Thursday, October 6, 11:00 am



Fri. Oct 7

Sat. Oct 8

Sun. Oct 9

Free / Donation

7:30am 11am

11am, 2pm, 5pm & 8pm

11am, 2pm, 5pm & 8pm



Thursday, October 6, 7 pm

Mon. Tues. Oct 10 Oct 11

Wed. Oct 12

Thurs. Oct 13

Fri. Oct 14

Sat. Oct 15

11am, 2pm, 5pm & 8pm



Bogenschuetzenfest & Running Boar Tournament


Breakfast From The Farm


8am - 3pm



Breslau Craft Show


Erntefest - Harvest Festival


10am 5pm

Spectators Free

10am - 6pm

Füsstoberfest German Pioneers’ Day


Great Lakes Helicopter Rides


Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race




1pm 5pm

10am 5pm

10am 5pm

10am 5pm

10am 5pm

10am 5pm

1pm 5pm

10am 4pm

10am 4pm

11am 1pm

All Day

All Day

All Day

11am 4pm



12pm 7pm

Kitchener Oktoberfest Spectators Atom International Hockey Free Tournament Kitchener Willkommen Platz (Carl Zehr Square)


Cook Like Oma

Sun. Oct 16

October 21 - 23, 2016 All Day

All Day

All Day

All Day

All Day

All Day

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


Fri. Oct 7

Sat. Oct 8

Sun. Oct 9


8am - 8pm

8am - 8pm

8am - 6pm

Free / $ Bleacher

K-W Armtoberfest

Spectators Free

K-W Oktoberfest Molson Bavarian Slo-Pich Classic

Spectators Free

10am 6pm

10am 6pm

K-W Oktoberfest Natural Classic


9am 3pm

Oktoberfest Official Closing Ceremonies


Oktoberfest Official Opening Ceremonies


OktoberFEAST Food Truck Fest


Oktoberfest Car Show Oktoberfest Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration OktoberLICIOUS Onkel Hans Food Drive Rocktoberfest

Spectators Free

Mon. Tues. Oct 10 Oct 11 9am - 6pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 6pm


11am 6pm

11am 5pm

Oct 16

8am - 8pm

8am - 8pm

8am - 1pm

10am 4pm

9:45am September 24 - October 16, 2016 (see list of restaurants at



6pm close

Thanksgiving Day Fall Harvest - Waterloo Region Museum


9:30am 4pm

Spectators Free



Oct 15



Victoria Place Oktoberfest

Oct 14


So You Think You Can Tanz

The Official KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run


10am 8pm



Thurs. Oct 13

8am - 6pm



Wed. Oct 12

1pm 4pm

BE CHOSEN AS THE 2016 FACE OF CANADA’S GREATEST BAVARIAN FESTIVAL! Watch for official SNAP photographers at KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest events and Festhallen! Visit to find out where you can “GET SNAP’d” or to see if you won a prize! A new photo winner is selected everyday. Contest runs October 7 - 15, 2016. All winning photos are published in the November Issue of SNAP K-W, available in over 300 locations across K-W! 19

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS 35th Annual Oktoberfest Family Breakfast

Saturday, October 8; 7:30am - 11am* (* while supplies last)

Bingemans Kool Haus Tent 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener (C/H; F; FF)

Come join an Oktoberfest tradition with the 35th Annual Oktoberfest Family Breakfast! Tasty Aunt Jemima Pancakes and Pillers Sausages cooked up by the students of the Conestoga College Culinary Program. Great food, great entertainment and a chance to have breakfast served to you by personalities from CHYM 96.7, COUNTRY 106.7and 570 NEWS. FREE EVENT, non perishable food items for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region encouraged. INFO:;; or call 519-743-2611.

Magazine. Advance tickets are recommended. General Admission Tickets: $40 pp; VIP Admission Tickets: $50 pp To order call 519-570-4267 ext. 221or


Saturday, October 8 Sunday, October 9 Saturday, October 15 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm BATL Axe Throwing 69 Agnes Street; Kitchener (S/T)

BATL offers a uniquely casual urban venue to experience the thrill of axe throwing in leagues, or for private events such as parties and team building. Taking place October 8, 9, 15, times: 12 pm, 4 pm and 8 pm. Event duration is 2 - 2.5 hours. Bookings can be made through our website: ADMISSION: $39.82 per person plus tax. INFO: Contact 226-646-1196 or email

Bogenschuetzenfest & The Running Boar Tournament Saturday, October 8; 10am Sunday, October 9; 10am

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

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show presented by Heffner Lexus Wednesday, October 5; 6pm Boulevard, 7:30pm Show Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener (L/E)

Join us for an evening of local fashion, entertainment and a chance for night out with the girls! The 43rd annual show will highlight fall fashion from the Region’s leading independent retailers. With doors opening at 6:00pm, guests can browse and shop at the popular “Boulevard of Boutiques”, presented by MOST


TICKETS: Spectators - FREE; Entry Fee: $15.00 (13 & over); $10.00 (under 12); INFO: Contact Andrew McKay at or 519-578-6197

Bogenschuetzenfest, a family friendly event, is the longest continuous running Family & Cultural Event and usually has multiple generations of families taking part. Anyone with a barebow and special blunt-tipped arrow (flu flu) may participate in Bogenschuetzenfest on Saturday, October 8th. The aim is to knock off parts of a styrofoam eagle mounted on top a 35’ pole. On Sunday, October 10th, competitors can compete in the Running Boar Tournament, where the target is a 3D replica of a wild boar travelling at approximately 20 km/h. Archers must have their own equipment.

Breakfast From The Farm Saturday, October 15; 8am-3pm

The Inn of Waterloo 475 King Street North, Waterloo (F)

A century ago, over half of Canada’s population farmed. Today, less than two per cent of Canadians are farmers. As a result, most Canadians have lost touch with farming and often don’t understand how their food is grown! Farm & Food Care is pleased to partner with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest to present the inaugural Breakfast from the Farm event on Saturday, October 15, at the Inn of Waterloo. Come enjoy a free all-Ontario farm breakfast, meet farmers and members of the agri-food industry and have a conversation about food and farming. Enjoy live entertainment, great activities for the whole family and the annual Oktoberfest Car Show! Register online for your FREE ticket for the breakfast (limited quantities) and get a taste of what Ontario Farmers have to offer!

Breslau Craft Show

Saturday, October 15; 9am-3pm Breslau Public School 58 Joseph Street; Breslau (M/C/S)

The Breslau Craft Show is having its 27th Show this year. There will be over 100+ vendors, raffles, hot & cold food, baked goods and

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS most importantly shopping. This is where Christmas shopping begins! TICKETS: $2.00 per person, Students: Aged Grade 8 and under are free. Proceeds go to fundraising efforts of Parent Council at Breslau Public School for various school enhancements. INFO: Elizabeth Siddorn at 519-5919832 or

Cambridge Community Oktoberfest Luncheon

Wednesday, October 5; 11:30am City of Cambridge (Civic Square) 50 Dickson Street; Cambridge (L/E)

The local celebrations will kick-off with an opening ceremony with the Cambridge Mayor and City Council, and a free Oktoberfest lunch courtesy of M&M Meat Shops, on Wednesday, October 5th at Cambridge Civic Square. There will be a keg tapping ceremony and Maypole Raising, with KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest officials; including, Miss Oktoberfest and Onkel Hans, and live entertainment.

Cook Like Oma

Saturday, October 8; 10am - 12pm Kitchener Marketplace 300 King Street East; 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 traditional German dancers and music, along with special guest appearances from some of your favorite Oktoberfest mascots! FREE EVENT, however participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Waterloo Region Food Bank for Thanksgiving. INFO: Contact 519-741-2287 or visit; info@

Erntefest – Harvest Festival October 8, 9, 10, 12 - 16 Wed. - Sat.: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 1pm - 5pm Open on Thanksgiving Day (Monday, October 10): 10am – 5pm Joseph Schneider Haus Museum 466 Queen Street South; Kitchener (C/H; FF)

The Joseph Schneider Haus, Kitchener’s oldest Mennonite homestead, celebrates the harvest or “Ernte” with a flurry of activity. The seasonal tasks of a Mennonite farming family will be performed as they were in the 1850’s. Domestic duties such as schnitzing, preserving, pickling and flax processing will prepare the busy household for winter. The bakehouse will be fired up throughout the week. ADMISSION: Adults $6.00, Seniors/Students $5.00, Children (ages 5 - 12) $4.00, Children (4 & under) Free, Family (2 adults & dependent children) $15.00 INFO: or 519-742-7752

Füsstoberfest Human Foosball Tournament

Saturday, October 8; 10am - 6pm Downtown Kitchener near Carl Zehr Square (S/T)

Register your team or join a team of five people for this eliminationstyle tournament on two life-sized inflatable foosball fields and enjoy an entire day of Oktoberfest themed entertainment, great food and a sporting event that’s LARGER THAN LIFE! Füsstoberfest is proudly sponsored by Canadian Tire, Downtown Kitchener BIA, KIK and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. FREE EVENT for spectators; Registration Fee for participants INFO: or call 519-570-4267

German Pioneers’ Day

Tuesday, October 11; 12pm – 7pm Kitchener City Hall, Rotunda 200 King Street West; Kitchener (C/H)

German Pioneers’ Day is honouring individuals, institutions and organizations whose pioneering efforts have contributed to the development of our region and Ontario. The City Hall Rotunda will be filled with cultural and historical displays and a Brass Concert is scheduled at 3:30 pm. The Awards Ceremony begins at 5 pm. ADMISSION: FREE INFO: Contact the German-Canadian Remembrance Society at 519-579-6185 or

Great Lakes Helicopter Rides October 9 and 10; 10am - 4pm (weather permitting)

Bingemans 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener (FF; L/E)

Great Lakes Helicopter is taking Oktoberfest to new heights! Come join us on Sunday, October 9th or Monday, October 10th for a helicopter ride and see the spectacular Fall colours along the Grand River. Rides will last approximately 7 minutes. All rides are first come, first serve. $50.00/person or $120.00 for a group of 3; children under 12 permitted only with an adult; no children under 2. This event is weather permitting. There is a weight restriction of 260 lbs. per person. INFO: Call 519648-3732 or email or visit 21

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race

Saturday, October 15; 11am-1pm Uptown Waterloo (C/H; F/F)

Roll out the Barrel! Register to participate in our annual relay-style keg race! Adult mens, ladies’ and co-ed teams, of four, can register. Children can participate with wheel barrel races. Always great prizes for the whole family to win. This year, join us afterward for the 2nd Annual Sausagefest in UpTown Waterloo. Proceeds go to The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, supporting free jazz for our community. FREE EVENT for spectators; Early Bird Team Registration: $35.00 (4 members per team); Same Day Registration: $40.00 INFO: Contact UpTown Waterloo BIA at or or 519-885-1921.


Saturday, October 8; 11am-4pm KW Gymnastics Club 805 Victoria Street South., Kitchener (F/F)

Fall in love with gymnastics at GYMTOBERFEST - KW Gymnastics’ Annual Community Fun Fair. With activities for the whole family, come play in our Try-It Zone, bouncy castle and try your hand at the carnival games. There is face painting, lots of fun prizes to be won and a fundraiser BBQ and Cake Raffle. Opening ceremonies start at noon with guests from KW Oktoberfest, the tapping of the Candy Keg and a gymnastics demo and will be


followed by a free kids’ concert featuring The Scalywags. TICKETS: $2.00 per person. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds to KW Gymnastics. For additional information contact KW Gymnastics at 519-743-4970 or visit

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at Willkommen Platz! FREE EVENT, unless otherwise specified. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or

Kitchener Oktoberfest Atom International Hockey Tournament October 21 – 23; Various times starting at 7am Various Kitchener Rinks (L/E; FF; S/T)

Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (KMHA) welcomes all the Hockey Players, Parents, Team Officials and fans to the 43rd Annual Kitchener Oktoberfest Atom International Hockey Tournament. The tournament attracts the best Boys & Girls Rep teams (ages 9 - 10) in North America and will provide the highest level of competition. All teams are guaranteed 4 games and will compete in one of the following 8 divisions: AAA, AA, A, Minor Development / AE, AA-Girls, A-Girls; B/C-Girls and BB-Girls. Proceeds from this event will go to Kitchener Minor Hockey. FREE for Spectators; INFO:

Downtown Kitchener Willkommen Platz

Friday October 7 - Saturday October 15; Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall (FF; L/E; F)

The hub of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is located at the Willkommen Platz in Downtown Kitchener at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall. The “Bavarian Village” features daily entertainment, displays and activities, food and beverages as well as official souvenirs and visitor information. Fun for the whole family. The Platz is open daily through the festival. Enjoy the sights and sounds of

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run presented by The Record Monday ,October 10; 8am

Start: King & Eby in Kitchener Finish: Moses Springer Arena, 150 Lincoln Rd, Waterloo (S/T)

Kick-off the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade by participating in a 5 KM run down the parade route, with thousands of spectators cheering you on! The run is in support of 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: $40pp; Individual Youth Runner (18 & Under): $25.00; Group/Team Registration: $160 INFO: Register online at or call 519-570-4267 ext. 241

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store

17 Benton Street (at Charles) Kitchener., 519-570-HANS

Come visit the official headquarters of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – where you can purchase tickets to 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, sweatshirts, steins, mugs, shooters and lots more! You’ll find unique collectibles such as the imported German/Bavarian Steins. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store is open year round. This year don’t just join the party, be the party! Festival Hours: Fri. Oct. 7 & Sat. Oct.8 Sun.Oct. 9 & Mon.Oct. 10 Tues. Oct. 11 - Thurs. Oct. 13 Fri. Oct 14 & Sat.Oct. 15 Sun. Oct. 16

8am - 8pm 8am - 6pm 9am - 6pm 8am - 8pm 8am - 1pm

519-570-HANS or 1-888-294HANS;

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 a million viewers. A highlight is the Parade’s Grand Marshall whose identity remains top secret until just prior to the start of the Festival. FREE EVENT; $8 bleacher seat tickets call 519-570-4267 x 233 or

K-W Armtoberfest

Saturday, October 15; 10am-8pm Stark & Perri 56 King Street N, Waterloo (F; FF; S/T)

Welcome to the Wunderbar world of arm wrestling. This tournament is sanctioned by the Ontario Arm Wrestling Association (OAA) and is a double elimination. The day will start with “supermatches”, which means there will be some intense battles for ranking positions. There will also be some grip strength demonstrations. FREE EVENT for spectators; Registration Fee for participants INFO: Contact

K-W Oktoberfest Natural Classic Saturday, October 8; Pre-Judging: 9am Awards Show: 3pm

Bingemans - Ballroom 425 Bingemans Centre Drive., Kitchener (C/A; FF; S/T)

The #KWOSHOW is known as the most prestigious natural bodybuilding event in Ontario! Athletes competing come from across Ontario, in order to vie for the Oktoberfest Stein as the “overall winner” in their category. From bodybuilding to bikini all categories will be found at this event, along with great health & fitness shopping at the many booths set up, from high-protein bread to fitness apparel. Admission: Morning Show: $25.00; Awards Show: $40.00; Full Day VIP Seating:- $80.00. Tickets can be purchased, with cash, at the door. INFO: Visit or contact Melissa Shadd at

K-W Oktoberfest Bavarian Molson Slo-Pitch Classic Saturday, October 8; 10am-6pm Sunday, October 9; 10am-6pm

Tournament Headquarters, Bingemans 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener (S/T)

Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Monday, October 10; 8:45am

Kitchener to Waterloo (King, Victoria, Weber to Bridgeport) Start: King & Cedar Streets, Kitchener Finish: Weber & Bridgeport Road, Waterloo (L/E)

Bands from across North America, spectacular floats and more are featured in Canada’s largest

Mens, Ladies, and Co-ed divisions competing at all levels for the opportunity to represent their respective areas at the national level throughout Canada in 2017. Games will be played on ball diamonds in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Wilmot area. The tournament is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016. Proceeds to benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation Local Sub Chapter. INFO: to register your team or contact Mike Condie (519-895-8658 or

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Thursday, October 6; 7pm

Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive., 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; 23

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Professional; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), 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.

Tickets available at KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store. Need Chicopee Haus tickets to atend. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or

Official Opening Ceremonies Friday, October 7; 11:15am

mouth watering tastes, treats, and yummy Oktoberfest delicacies at this exciting event. Whet your whistle in the Beertown Beer Garten. Bring the whole family to enjoy the fun! You’ll want to come hungry to this delicious Oktoberfest event.!

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

Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball presented by Pfaff/Porsche of London Friday, September 30; 6pm-1am

Bingemans (Ballroom) 425 Bingemans Centre Drive., Kitchener (L/E)

The Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball, presented by Pfaff/Porsche of London, is the premier black tie event of the Festival. This elegant evening begins with a cocktail party and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing to a live band. The crowning of Miss Oktoberfest 2016 promises to be the highlight of the evening. Join us for the “Social Event of the Year in the Waterloo Region!” Tickets are $150+HST per person and are available by request at or 519-570-4267 x238.

The fanfare of trumpeters will be sounding from the rooftops on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at 11:15 am, announcing the Official Opening of the 48th annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, North America’s largest Bavarian festival! Carl Zehr Square will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revelers eager to begin the Festival. Honoured guests and dignitaries will accompany our President, Alfred Lowrick, the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest and our favourite ambassador Onkel Hans in kicking off the nine days of celebration and the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit. The ceremony is televised live by CTV at 12:15 pm. INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or

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

2016 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest closes with a bang at the Official Closing Ceremonies. Say good bye to KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest for another year! The evening includes visits from Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and many more!


Saturday, October 15; 10am – 4pm The Inn of Waterloo Parking Lot 475 King Street N., Waterloo (L/E)

Bring your vehicle to The Inn of Waterloo Parking Lot on Saturday, October 15th and display it for all to see! Vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages can be found during this annual event. No cost to enter a vehicle! Call the KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest office to register. FREE EVENT INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or

Oktoberfest Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration Tuesday, October 11; 9:45am-12pm A.R Kaufman Public School 11 Chopin Drive., Kitchener (C/H; FF)

Official Closing Ceremonies Saturday, October 15; 12:30am

Oktoberfest Car Show Presented by Mel’s Diner

OktoberFEAST Food Truck Fest presented by KIK. Saturday, October 8; 11am-6pm Sunday, October 9; 11am-5pm Waterloo Public Square UpTown Waterloo

Feast your eyes on this delicious mobile food-truck “Feastival”, rolling into UpTown Waterloo. Visitors and “Foodies” alike will be able to experience an array of

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


September 24 - October 16 Waterloo Region Restaurants (C/H; F)

This unique culinary celebration is the perfect opportunity to explore the variety and talent of our local restaurants with a Bavarian Twist! Visit one of the many participating Oktoberlicious partners for a truly authentic “Taste of Oktoberfest” at a great price! Prices vary by venue. INFO: 519-570-4267 or

local German Dance Groups in a friendly competition, held annually at the Alpine Club. Come out to see who is crowned this year! Along with this action packed event, dance your shoes off to some great Polka music and help support your local German Club Dance Groups! ADMISSION: $13.00 per person. Seating is based on first come first served, no seating reservations for groups under 10 people. Tickets available through Alpine Club, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s Official Retail Store, or contact the participating groups. Be sure to Like Us on Facebook (Alpine ClubKW) and Follow Us on Twitter (@ AlpineClubKW) for regular updates on the event! INFO: Visit, call (519)570-HANS x233.

Onkel Hans Food Drive Monday, October 10; 8:45am

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade (new route) (King & Cedar, Victoria, Weber to Bridgeport) (L/E)

Share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by helping the community with the Onkel Hans Food Drive, supported by Martin’s Family Fruit Farm, Sobeys and Waterloo 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 the parade route or donate on-line. Thank you for lending a helping hand! FREE EVENT; Donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

So You Think You Can Tanz Tuesday, October 11; 6pm

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

So You Think You Can Tanz was created in 2008 to showcase the

Stein & Dine – A Unique Oktoberfest Culinary Experience Thursday, September 8; 6pm

The Inn of Waterloo 475 King Street North., Waterloo (L/E; C/M/D)

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, in partnership with Molson Coors Canada, presents the premier culinary event of the season! Guests will enjoy a multi-course fine dining experience, prepared live by nationally-acclaimed celebrity, Chef Lynn Crawford. At this exclusive multi-course fine dining experience, Justin Lamontagne, one of eight Canadian Cicerones (beer sommeliers), will pair Molson Coors beers with each course, providing an explanation of the pairings. Stein & Dine is proudly

supported by Pfaff Porsche of London, ETI Solutions Inc. and Flanagan Foodservice. TICKETS: $200 each (+HST) or $1,500 corporate table (+HST) INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-2944267 or

Thanksgiving Day Fall Harvest – Waterloo Region Museum Monday, October 10; 9:30am - 4pm

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

After the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, visit Waterloo Region Museum for our Thanksgiving Day Fall Harvest special event, which celebrates autumn in the picturesque 60 acre Doon Heritage Village. Bring your family for an afternoon of fun activities and enjoy the magnificent colours of autumn at one of the prettiest places in the Region. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, live music and seasonal family fun activities! Also visit the Waterloo Region Museum indoor galleries and explore 12,000 years of Waterloo Region’s past & present from the ice age to the Blackberry. Admission includes museum & village. ADMISSION: Adults - $10, Students / Seniors - $8, Children (5-12) - $5, Family - $25.00, Children under 5 are free INFO: or call 519-748-1914 25

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS Tour de Hans Presented by: Mel’s Diner Sunday, September 25; 8:30am – 100km, 9am – 50km

North Dumfries Community Complex 2958 Greenfield Road., Ayr (S/T)

The Spirit of Competition meets the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit at the 7th Annual Tour de Hans, presented by MEL’S DINER! Enjoy beautiful fall colours on the 100km or 50km Gran Fondo ride, featuring some of the most scenic landscapes in Waterloo Region! Then experience KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest hospitality at North Dumfries Community Complex; including a keg tapping, authentic Bavarian food, live music and prizes! REGISTRATION FEE: $100+HST (until Sept. 21st); Ride Day Registration: $150.00 (includes all taxes and fees) INFO: , 519-570-4267, 1-888-294-4267 or

Victoria Place Oktoberfest Wednesday, October 12; 1pm-4pm Victoria Place 290 Queen Street, South Kitchener (C/M/D; L/E)

This event will be great for seniors in Kitchener-Waterloo! There will be a live polka band, great food and beverages for purchase. FREE tickets available at Victoria Place, 290 Queen Street S., Kitchener INFO: visit or call 519-576-1300.

Waterloo Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon

Band will be on-hand to entertain and greet you at this annual event. FREE EVENT INFO: 519-570-4267, 1-888-29442678 or

Event Categories:

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

Thursday, October 6; 11 am – 1 pm Waterloo Public Square King & Willis Way, Uptown Waterloo (L/E)

Join our hosts, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky and the City of Waterloo Council as they kick-off the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrations with a mouth-watering free lunch courtesy of Pillers. Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and the Black Forest



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Festhallen are where the core of activities and festivities can be found. These Bavarian decorated buildings, or tents, have a capacity from 250 to 3,950 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

Famous for our Apple Strudel, the Alpine Club is one of the best-known German-Canadian Clubs. The Alpine Club, founded in 1953 by members originating from Gottschee, Austria and Germany, is located where they settled in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The Alpine Club maintains and nurtures its traditions of speaking Gottscheerisch, German and English, not only during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, but throughout the year. The cozy atmosphere, combined with delicious cooked meals, entertainment by ethnic German dance groups and great music, make the Alpine Club a popular choice on any of the nine days during Kitchener-Waterloo 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



(Queensmount Arena Lions Club of Kitchener) 1260 Queen’s Boulevard, Kitchener 519-741-1541

During the festival, Queensmount Arena, in Kitchener, is transformed into Altes Muenchen Haus - a hotspot of German hospitality! Canada’s Polka King, Walter Ostanek makes Altes Muenchen Haus his home during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, and he keeps the celebration lively! Polka meets rock on Sunday night, when Molsons Rocktoberfest takes the stage. Thanksgiving Monday is Family Day, when lots of activities make Altes Muenchen Haus a place for Family Fun for the young and young-at-

heart. Donations to the Food Bank are accepted in lieu of admission on Family Day! Visit Altes Muenchen Haus and support the Lions Club of Kitchener. Capacity: 2,050


425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener 519-744-1555

Kool Haus – Bingemans is proud to present another year of Oktoberfest festivities at KOOL HAUS. This location is one of the largest festhallen available during KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest; which includes a Scnapps bar, SPIELCASINO, and great Oktoberfest food. Lively entertainment, great bands and special events offer something for everyone


at this festhalle! Return once again for the best party in town. This year: Bingemans early bird tickets can be purchased by September 15, 2016 at a discounted rate. Ask about our Wunderbar Pass to enjoy every night the Kool Haus is open, with express VIP entry at the main doors, while having full access to the private lounge experience, while you take in the most exciting Oktoberfest action in the Region. No matter what time you join us throughout the evening, your space in reserved, no waiting, no hassle, no problem. This is the perfect pass for entertaining clients and friends ($99 in advance). Capacity: 3,000 Bavarian Feast – The ultimate tasting buffet featuring all the Oktoberfest classics; from sausages, rolled ribs, schnitzel & pigtails, to kraut & spaetzli. In addition, try the new classics of pulled pork stuffed pork shoulder, spiced cabbage rolled eggplant and more. Adding to your culinary experience, sample our feature beer and wine flights to add to the variety. This Marche style extravaganza is topped off with express entry into the Oktoberfest Kool Haus. When you want the best of both worlds, this one is your ticket! Capacity: 300 Bavarian Carnival – Enjoy a day of fun featuring rides, games,

entertainment, activities, food and more. All under the tent! $35 for a family of 4 or $10 per person, includes all your rides, 10am – 5pm. Capacity: 3,000

CAMBRIDGE BAVARIA HAUS (Cambridge Newfoundland Club) 1500 Dunbar Road, Cambridge

Come join us as we celebrate Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at Cambridge’s only Oktoberfest festhalle, Cambridge Bavaria Haus – located right next to the Cambridge Centre Mall, in the Newfoundland Club, at 1500 Dunbar Road. In from out of town and staying at a local hotel? We have a free shuttle bus on pre-determined routes including, but not limited to, Cambridge Conference Centre, Holiday Inn and the Super 8. Check with the hotel front desk for pick-up arrangements. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in Cambridge – save the drive, enjoy the food, and have a great time supporting the local community! Enjoy two live bands and the entertainment of local dance groups. Great food and fantastic live entertainment…always a formula for good times! Cambridge Bavaria Haus is run by the oldest Rotary Club in Cambridge, with all proceeds going to local causes like KidsAbility and

local children with special needs. Capacity: 680


(Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort) 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener 519-894-5610

Offering a unique fun-filled Oktoberfest experience, Chicopee has been a not-for-profit pillar in this region for over 80 years. During Oktoberfest, our rustic ski lodge is transformed into a festhalle that defines Gemütlichkeit! Come early and enjoy our festive Bavarian meal served in our lounge from 7 to 8pm. Enjoy the evening relaxing outdoors on one of our Muskoka chairs by the fire pit, take in the view from our outdoor deck, or try your luck in our potato gun shooting range or fire a pumpkin from our trebuchet. Indulge in our famous late night menu; enjoy our famous Sauerkraut Fritters or our ‘new’ Deep Fried Cabbage Rolls, or our Gemütlich-zza (a pizza with Oktoberfest toppings). Be entertained by our award-winning haus band, featuring Fred Hale & Kenny Munshaw, while watching authentic local dance groups. We have ample free parking. Capacity: 450 31

ACCREDITED FESTHALLEN CONCORDIA CLUB 429 Ottawa Street S., Kitchener 519-745-5617

Tickets are only available through the Club. Call 519-745-5617 or visit The Concordia Club is the largest ethnic German club in Canada. It 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, Gardening, Mardi Gras and so on. Hospitality plays a major role in the clubs’ activities throughout the year, with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest being the absolute highlight of all cultural events. With the addition of a large tent, the club can accommodate almost 4,000 guests who wish to join the best party in town. 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. Dress: clean & casual and Bavarian Tracht, of course. Capacity: 3,950


(Western Fair District, Agriplex) 845 Florence Street., London 1-800-619-4629

The sights and sounds of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest will visit the Forest City of London, Ontario for a second straight year! Das Bierhaus, at Western Fair District, is the newest member of the KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest family of Festhallen, and is honoured to bring Gemuetlichkeit just down the 401. Das Bierhaus will be serving the best of Bavarian culture, beverage and food on October 7, 8, 13, 14 &15 in the Agriplex Arena, which will be transformed into the home for all


the Oktoberfest fun and games that Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is renowned for the world over. Don’t miss the Blue Waves performing nightly, as well as local German dance troupes, games, souvenirs, Bavarian food and drink. Join us at Das Bierhaus with your friends to enjoy the second year of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in London, at the Western Fair District. Prost!!! Capacity: 3,200

ELMIRA KIWANIS HAUS (Lions’ Hall) 40 South Street W., Elmira 519-669-8911

The Festhalle in the heart of the Mennonite country. A one-nightonly opportunity to enjoy Oktoberfest in Woolwich Township. Choose a back-roads route and enjoy the countryside on your way to our friendly, but lively, small-town hospitality centre, including dancing to the sounds of DJ Mike Daudin. Featuring live entertainment by the Moonshine Band! Enjoy traditional German fare; including Schnitzel, Oktoberfest sausages, sauerkraut, home-made Kettle Chips and fried onions- cooked the way only the Elmira Kiwanis Club’s 30 years of experience can! Capacity: 430


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

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; Rollbraten or Wiener Schnitzel, served with Spaetzle and coleslaw, as well as a selection of scrumptious cakes and tortes. Choose from the many activities including: Bogenschuetzenfest, Family Day and enjoyable evenings with authentic Oktoberfest music by “Seven Castles”, food & dance groups. Let Hubertushaus make your Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest visit a truly memorable experience! Capacity: 450

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

Offering a relaxed environment during the week, and a great place to party on the weekends, it is definitely

ACCREDITED FESTHALLEN a hot spot to be, with casual dining and so much more. Provides the best in local favourites and classic Irish dishes and drinks. Featuring the largest patio in the tri-city areas. Special Oktoberfest menu, festivities, and giveaways. With Gemuetlichkeit and more, it’s THE place to be! Capacity: 275 inside Capacity: 230 outdoor patio


(Slovenian Association) 50 Scheifele Place, Breslau 519-648-2773

A multi-Gemuetlichkeit Award winner, Oberkrainer Haus has been involved with Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival for over 43 years. Exceptional home-cooked meals. Celebrate in the true spirit of Gemuetlichkeit with live music and entertainment. Elegant European banquet hall with hardwood dance floor. Park-like setting with ample free parking. Capacity: 200


Kitchener Market 300 King Street East, Kitchener

Located in downtown Kitchener, in a brand new location for 2016! After years in our tent at the Willkommen Platz, Oktobefest Haus has moved two blocks down the street to the Kitchener Farmers’ Market at 300 King Street East. Near the corner of King and Cedar Street. This indoor facility gives us more space while still being downtown in the centre of all the action. Check out the newest, old festhalle during Oktoberfest. Located close to the KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store, steps to downtown shopping and THEMUSEUM, 4 blocks to the Centre in the Square and the K-W Art Gallery. Oktoberfest Haus has received the ‘Best Small Hall Hospitality’ Award. They’ve got an award-winning band and other surprises! Everybody raves about their food. They have one of Waterloo

Region’s outstanding caterers waiting to serve you! Operated by volunteers of the Kitchener Oktoberfest Lions Club, with profits going to their charitable works in the community. Capacity: 400


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

To truly experience a traditional Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, everyone must visit the Schwaben Club. We offer two lively Festhallen, featuring live entertainment by the award-winning Golden Keys and special guests the Steve Angel Band, plus performances by local dance groups, including our own Schwaben Dancers and Donau Dancers. The Schwaben Club is famous for our delicious Oktoberfest menu, featuring a variety of traditional German favorites. See you at the Schwaben Club for GEMUETLICHKEIT! Casual dress. Capacity: 640


(The Inn of Waterloo) 475 King Street N, Waterloo) 519-588-9196

Experience Oktoberfest The Berlin Haus way - we’ve got a 6000 square foot tent located at the Inn of Waterloo hotel so you can Fest, then Rest, so you can Fest again! Each Night will host a different theme with an authentic German Band providing your entertainment on the main stage. Prosit 4 Prostate on Saturday, October 8th $4 from every ticket sold will be donated to Masonic Foundation of Ontario. Entertainment Schedule Fri. Oct 14 Jager with Jagger the Rolling Stones cover band Sat. Oct 15 Blue wave Oktoberfest dance band Capacity: 600


(at the Stampede Corral) 248 Stirling Avenue S., Kitchener 519-744-1191

Come see us in our 2011, 2012 & 2013 award-winning Hall! As winners of the “Best in Festin’” award for three years in a row, Transylvania Haus has the same old friendly German hospitality but with a kick! Come ride the Bull in your lederhosen or dirndl if you dare! Our award-winning entertainment, mouthwatering authentic food and atmosphere will ensure you have a fantastic night. You’ll enjoy authentic Oktoberfest music, provided by a live band. The Transylvania Club folk dancers have not only travelled across North America and Europe, but are also multiple time winners of the “So You Think You Can Tanz” competition and will be performing nightly. So get your tickets early, while they last! We can’t wait to see you. Capacity: 600


(Maxwell’s Concerts and Events) 35 University Ave. East, Waterloo 226-240-7020

Willkommen to Waterloo’s newest and only Festhallen open during the Festival! Our facility offers a truly unique experience, friendly staff and classic food. You’ll enjoy the Oom-pah-pah with a little mix of authentic Oktoberfest music, rock ‘n roll and dancing. Voted 2015 Platinum winner – Best Live Entertainment Venue by the Waterloo Chronicle, Über Haus is sure to deliver an unforgettable night. Enjoy Oktoberfest with a perfect blend of traditional and more modern elements of Gemuetlichkeit. Plenty of free onsite parking. Dress is casual. Come join us and experience genuine Uber Haus hospitality! Capacity: 700 33


Kitchener-Waterloo Accredited Festhallen

German Club


Alpine Club (S)

Altes Muenchen Haus (Queensmount Arena) (L)

Bingemans KOOL HAUS (L)

Bingemans Bavarian Carnival (M)

Bingemans Bavarian Feast (S)

Cambridge Bavaria Haus (M)

Chicopee Haus (S)

Concordia Club (L)









6pm - 1am $28

6pm - 1am $15 $30 (w/meal)

Includes KooL Haus admission

Includes Meal 6:30/7:30/8:30 seatings.



7pm - 1am $19+HST (adv.) $25(door)

8pm - 1am $15+HST

6pm - 1am $ 14

Fri. Oct .7

Family Day

Family Day

Free with Food Bank Donation

6pm - 11pm (Schenke Only)

Student/ Industry Night

7pm - 1am $15

Wed. Oct. 12

Corporate Night

6pm - 12am $20

91.5 The Beat

8pm - 1am $10+HST (adv.) $15 (door)

6pm - 11pm $ 10

Thurs. Oct. 13

Diiner at 7pm

Includes KooL Haus admission

Includes Meal 6:30/7:30/8:30 seatings


7pm - 1am $19+HST (adv.) $25 (door)

8pm - 1am $TBD+HST

6pm - 1am $ 16

Fri. Oct. 14

11am-4pm $5 Matinee 6pm - 1am $24

6pm - 1am $24

(additional $25+HST)

11am - 6pm $11

So You Think You Can Tanz

6pm - 11pm $13

Tues. Oct. 11

(additional $25+HST)

12pm - 6pm $11

Family of 4/$35

10am - 5pm $10 individual

Family Day

11am - 6pm $5+HST

Family Day

1pm - 7pm $ 10

Mon. Oct. 10

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

Diiner at 7pm

Family of 4/$35

10am - 5pm $10 individual


8pm - 1am $TBD+HST

Family Day

1pm - 7pm $ 10

Sun. Oct. 9

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

6pm - 1am $15 $30 (w/meal)

Includes KooL Haus admission

Includes Meal 6:30/7:30/8:30 seatings


7pm - 1am $19+HST (adv.) $25 (door)

8pm - 1am $15+HST

5pm - 1am $ 16

Sat. Oct. 8

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)



Diiner at 7pm

6pm - 1am $28

(additional $25+HST)

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

Includes KooL Haus admission

Includes Meal 6:30/7:30/8:30 seatings


Closing Night

7pm - 1am $19+HST (adv.) $25 (door)

8pm - 1am $15+HST

5pm - 1am $ 18

Sat. Oct. 15 35

The Berlin Haus (Inn of Waterloo) (M)

Schwaben Club (M)



Oktoberfest Haus (Kitchener Marketplace Downtown Kitchener) (S)


UBER Haus (Maxwell’s) (M)

Oberkrainer Haus (Breslau) (S)



Koenigstrasse Haus (Bobby O’Briens) (S)


Transylvania Haus (M)

Hubertushaus (Mannheim) (S)



Elmira Kiwanis Haus Lions’ Hall (Kiwanis Club of Elmira) (S)

Das Bierhaus Western Fair District London (Agriplex) (L)



6pm-1pm Opening Night

7pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door

6pm - 2am $10

6pm - 1am $22 Main Hall $18

7pm – 1am $10



11:30am - 2am FREE

Rock Around the Keg with KFUN 99.5

6:30pm -1am $18

5pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door

6pm-1pm Prosit 4 Prostate

7pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door

6pm - 2am $15

5pm - 1am $25 Main Hall $21

7pm – 1am $10

Family Day


2:30pm 5:30pm

12pm - 2am FREE

Keg Tapping 7pm

6:30pm -1am Festhalle $21

(Archery Competition)

10am - 4pm Bogensch.

5pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door

Kids under 12 FREE

11am-5pm Family Day

Family Day 10 & under free

11am - 4pm $10 adults


12pm - 5:30pm

2pm - 2am FREE

Family Day Keg Tapping 2pm

11:30am -5pm $14 Kids 14& Under FREE


10:00am 5:30pm

11:30am - 2am FREE

11:30am - 2am FREE


Coorporate Night: Biz Bash & Beer

11:30am - 2am FREE

6pm-1pm Student Night

5pm - 11pm $10

11:30am - 2am FREE

5pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door


7pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door

6pm - 2am $10

6pm - 1am $22 Main Hall $18


7pm – 1am $10

11am 5:30pm

6pm - 1am $16

11:30am - 2am FREE

6:30pm 1am $21 T.G.I.F

5pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door

11am-5pm 6:30pm-1pm

7pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door

6pm - 2am $25

5pm - 1am $32 Main Hall $28

7pm – 1am $15

Family Day


11am 5:30pm

6pm - 1am $18

12pm - 2am FREE

6:30pm 1am $25 Grand Finale for 2016

7pm - 1am $15 Adv $20 Door

5pm - 1am $15 Advance $20 Door


9 Hubertushaus (Petersburg)

8 Elmira Kiwanis haus

7 Das Bier Haus (Western Fair District, London)

15 The Berlin Haus (Inn of Waterloo)

15 Uber Haus (Maxwell’s)

14 Transylvania Haus

13 Schwaben Club

5 Chicopee Haus

6 Concordia Club

12 Oktoberfest Haus (Kitchener Marketplace)

11 Oberkrainer Haus (Breslau)

10 Koenigstrasse Garten (Bobby O’Brien’s)

4 Cambridge Bavaria Haus

3 Bingemans

2 Altes Muenchen Haus (Queensmount Arena)

1 Alpine Club

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ACCOMMODATIONS Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel

730 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 519-623-4600 Welcome to the Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel, where you will find our friendly staff, exceptional customer service & many other comforts for an inviting place to stay. We are located at Hwy. 401, minutes away from the heart of Oktoberfest activities held in Kitchener & Cambridge. Our spacious guest rooms & suites are fully equipped with a refrigerator, free wireless highspeed internet & a 37” flat screen TV. Relax in our indoor swimming pool & hot tub. Take advantage of our special Oktoberfest rate starting at $92.00 plus tax, which includes a hot buffet breakfast.

Best Western PLUS Kitchener Waterloo Hotel 2899 King Street E., Kitchener 519-894-3500 Welcome to the Best Western PLUS Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel near Fairview Park Mall. We are conveniently located and close to all major tourist attractions within the Region, minutes away from the city’s attractions and points of interest and the heart of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest activities. All guest rooms are 100 per cent non-smoking and feature a 32” LCD TV, microwave, and refrigerator. We offer a delicious complimentary hot breakfast.

Courtyard by Marriott WaterlooSt. Jacobs 50 Benjamin Road W., Waterloo 519-884-9295 The Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs is within walking distance to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market, Outlet Mall, Waterloo Central Railway, next door to the St. Jacobs Playhouse Theatre and just a short distance to the Village of St.


Jacobs. Whether attending Oktoberfest events or festhalles, the Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs is the place for you! Ask us about our Craft Beer, Theatre or Mennonite packages.

Crowne Plaza KitchenerWaterloo 105 King Street E., Kitchener 519-744-4141 /kitchenerdwtn Located in the Market District of downtown Kitchener and within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions, The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo was designed with modern style and amenities to help our guests relax, rest and connect so you may continue on your journey to success. As Kitchener’s premier full service hotel and conference center, we offer 201 modern guestrooms, 15 000 square feet of meeting/event space, onsite restaurant and lounge, indoor swimming pool, extensive fitness and recreation center with two bowling lanes, mini putt and more. The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo completed an extensive Multi-Million dollar renovation in 2014/2015.

Delta Waterloo

110 Erb Street W., Waterloo 519-514-0404 Expect even more at Delta Waterloo, Waterloo’s newest contemporary and uniquely designed hotel. Ideally situated in UpTown Waterloo in close proximity to boutique shopping, grocery stores, entertainment and leisure attractions. The hotel has a convenient on-site restaurant, pool and fitness centre. Let us be your home away from home while enjoying Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

Four Points by Sheraton Cambridge-Kitchener

210 Preston Parkway, Cambridge 519-653-2690 Ein Prosit! Four Points by Sheraton

Cambridge-Kitchener will celebrate Oktoberfest once again this year, honouring the largest Bavarian Festival in North America. Festival goers can book the package especially created for them that includes parking and WIFI. Not only can they book the rooms at an incredible rate of $114 plus tax, but can also sip on discounted ($5) pints at the Preston Bar. & Lounge. Located just off HWY 401, the perfect location for any occasion. Stay here and enjoy a comfortable bus ride to the events. *room rates are per room, per night based on availability for the standard room with up to two people in the room*

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

4355 King Street E., Kitchener 1-877-600-6090 Here at the Hampton by Hilton Kitchener, we have more than personality...we have Hamptonality, and plenty of it! Friendly service, clean rooms, fresh linens, comfortable surroundings, and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! You will love our recently updated Perfect Mix Lobby! We are currently working on Hampton’s new Forever Young Guestroom design and hope to implement this in 2016! Some ammenities include our free full hot breakfast, free WIFI, fridge & microwave in all guest rooms, 37” LG flat screen TV in all rooms, with up to 30 HD channels, an indoor salt water pool and a 24hr fitness centre. Great rates starting as low as $129.

Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel & Conference Centre 30 Fairway Road S., Kitchener 519-893-1211 We welcome you to our centrally located hotel in Waterloo Region, featuring newly renovated Business Class guest rooms. Affordable and comfortable, your stay is made that much better by superior savings. We’re the destination of choice for groups and corporate travellers looking for a hotel in the

ACCREDITED PARTNERS K-W area. We provide our guests with everything they need, and anticipate everything they could want while on the road. Take a dip in one of our salt water pools, relax in the whirlpool and sauna or enjoy a cold one in the Embers Lounge. One of a kind dining can be found in the Embers Restaurant and kids under 12 eat free. Stay connected with free WIFI and the 24 hour Business Centre has desktop computers and printing services. There’s truly something for everyone, so arrive, enjoy and get to know us. We look forward to hosting you soon!

enough space for work, study or entertaining; plus all the comforts of home including two remote control TV’s, complimentary WIFI and phones with voicemail. Start each day with a complimentary hot full breakfast and Monday through Thursday, enjoy a complimentary evening social. Make the most of your leisure with our indoor swimming pool, a putting green and fitness centre equipped with the latest cardio and weights equipment. We offer complimentary bus parking to all of our partners that can be easily accessed.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo-St. Jacobs

Les Diplomates B&B (Executive Guest House) Welcome to the award-winning Holiday Inn Express & Suites -Waterloo / St. Jacobs. Waterloo’s newest hotel is located in the heart of Southern Ontario and is steps to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Antique Market and Factory Outlet Mall. Just over an hour west of Toronto and only a short drive from the Region of Waterloo International Airport. All rooms include a hot buffet breakfast, a fridge, microwave, in-room safe, as well as a 42” flat screen TV, free hi-speed internet, and indoor salt water pool. Our friendly staff will make your stay a relaxing and memorable one. A first class Bed & Breakfast centrally located in Waterloo, minutes from both Universities, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, town of St. Jacobs and the OKTOBERFESTivities in the K-W area. After enjoying a wonderful and relaxing sleep in one of our ensuites, you will endulge in a 5 course gourmet breakfast, served in fine china and sterling silver. Did you know? We speak English with a French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian accent? Les Diplomates B&B is an experience, never to be missed!

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Waterloo/St. Jacobs

3006 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg 519-699-4413

14 Benjamin Road, Waterloo 519-772-9800

45 Benjamin Road, St. Jacobs 519-514-0088 Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/ St. Jacobs, specializes in extended stays and features all-suite accommodations. Spacious, welcoming and modern, the one & two-bedroom suites provide everything you need to feel at home, whether you are staying for a night or an entire month. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen with full size refrigerator, microwave, two burner stove and dishwasher. You’ll find

100 Blythwood Rd., Waterloo 519-725-3184

Olde Heidelberg Restaurant, Tavern & Motel 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 stop, the Heidelberg Restaurant and Tavern is renowned for its generous servings of ribs, pigtails, smoked pork hocks, sausages, schnitzel, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Specializing in German and Canadian style dishes. Located just 5

minutes north of Waterloo, we serve up Oktoberfest all year long.

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

Walper Hotel

20 Queen Street S., Kitchener 519-745-4321 x112 Centrally located in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the Walper Hotel is the ideal location to explore and enjoy the festival! Inquire about our special Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest rates and packages!

The Inn of Waterloo & Conference Centre *Official Hotel of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest* 475 King Street N., Waterloo 519-804-1130 or 1-866-875-6410 The Inn of Waterloo is a re-launch of an iconic and historic hotel and conference centre in the heart of Waterloo, Ontario. Offering 150 well appointed guest rooms, meeting & conference space, centrally located to all major corporate business and a short distance to events & attractions. 39


DINING BeerTown Public House

75 King Street South, Waterloo 519-885-5151 1A-561 Hespeler Road, Cambridge 519-629-0288 Modern beer bar & chef-driven kitchen that quenches your thirst for the unconventional. An endless stream of wellcrafted beer and food. Social, playfully rebellious, infectiously enthusiastic and fiercely passionate about what we do.

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

Grainharvest Breadhouse 3-105 Lexington Road, Waterloo 519-725-1920 An artisan bakery located in Waterloo, ON. The Bakery started in 1989 and has its roots in the European art of baking. We are focused on crafting good tasting breads without all the added junk you find unfortunately in a lot of commercial bread. Offering a variety of breads with alternative grains; there’s also a division called Circle of Life fully dedicated to wheat free and gluten free baking. Visit one of their stores in Waterloo, Kitchener and at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. Grainharvest Breadhouse has been the official Supplier of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Pretzel for the past 20 years!


Little Mushroom Catering

and we hope that you feel at home when you’re in our home. Little Mushroom Catering offers up simply elegant full service catering to Waterloo Region and surrounding areas. They specialize in hors d’oeuvres for cocktail parties, both corporate and private, where they ensure there is something for everyone at your event, including those with dietary restrictions. They work closely with local food producers to provide fresh ingredients for the tastiest treats in town. Follow them on twitter @CateringFungi, connect with them on Facebook, or call to book your next event today!


290 Thompson Drive, Unit #5, Cambridge 226-791-4537

Metro Restaurant

164 Victoria Street N., Kitchener 519-578-9189 Specializing in preparing and serving authentic, delicious tasting schnitzels, Metro Restaurant is passionate about the fascinating history of this European delicacy since 1961. Schnitzel can be found in Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Czech Republic, even dates back as early as 15th century in Northern Italy. With such rich history, the schnitzel is lovingly prepared at Metro Restaurant using a traditional Czechoslovakian style known as ‘rizek’. Using only the freshest of ingredients and prepared by hand, the schnitzels at Metro are known for their light, crispy, delicious flavour.

Morty’s Pub

272 King Street N., Waterloo 519-886-0440 We are proud of our many unique, home-made items on our menu, like the daily soup, pizzas, panzerottis, 10oz burger, lasagna and of course chicken wings. We consistently strive to deliver a memorable and fun experience with great food and service. Three decades later we are still an independent Waterloo family-owned business. Morty’s is like a home for many of us,

Centre in the Square

101 Queen St. N., Kitchener 519-578-1570 Centre in the Square is the region’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. For more than 30 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.

Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort 396 Morrison Rd., Kitchener 519-894-5610 Chicopee has been a not-for-profit pillar in this region for over 80 years, and is proud to be a year-round resort and an accredited festhalle. The organization was originally founded in 1934 as a Ski Club, but it has grown to a year-round facility, offering unique funfilled experiences. Chicopee offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter season, and in the green season they become home to amazing summer camps and outdoor adventures. They offer biking, hiking, tennis (5 Har-Tru courts), beach volleyball, disc golf (18 hole course) and an outdoor Adventure Climbing Centre with low ropes, vertical playground and rock climbing facility. The 20,000 sq ft chalet houses 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.


amazing props, and the biggest Halloween destination in the region. 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 high energy tribute shows, Drayton Entertainment presents the finest in live theatre for all ages at seven unique venues accross Ontario: the Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton, the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, Huron County Playhouse and Playhouse II in Grand Bend, King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene and the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs. Visit the website for a complete listing of all shows for every theatre.

St. Jacobs Farmers Market

46 Grand Avenue S., Cambridge 1-855-372-9866

Market Road Antiques

845 Weber Street N., Waterloo 519-746-1999 Market Road Antiques is a 20,000 square foot treasure house with more than 100 dealers. You’ll find china, glassware, jewelry, fine art, fine furniture, restoration hardware, collectibles, textiles, decor, clocks, toys, record albums, vintage and retro fashions and more. Market Road Antiques Gift Certificates are a great gift idea for any occasion. Open daily from 10am to 6pm next to the TSC store on Weber Street. Grab a bite to eat at the Crazy Canuck cafe on-site.

Snyders Family Farm & Fear Farm

15 Minutes from Kitchener-Waterloo 519-632-7356 Because it takes a farm to GROW this much fun. 16 fun attractions, 4 food pavilions, and our new Farm Bakery. 25 acres of pumpkins, we have something for everyone. So spend a day in the country with Snyder’s Farm. Open every day!!!! Fear Farm, 5 terrifying attractions on a 100 acre farm. If you are BRAVE enough, don’t miss this, 50 actors,

878 Weber Street N., Woolwich 519-747-1830 Two minutes south of the Village of St. Jacobs, explore the abundance of meats & cheese, fresh produce, baked goods, international delicacies, arts and crafts, quilts, home furnishings and spectacular flea market, plus, buskers, pony and kiddie rides at Canada’s largest Farmers’ Market! Indoor and outdoor farm-fresh fun for the whole family. Open Thursday & Saturday year-round from 7am-3:30pm, and Tuesdays mid-June to the last Tuesday in August from 8am–3pm.

Waterloo Region Museum

10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914 City on Edge exhibit now open at Waterloo Regional Museum. Learn how a city was pushed to the edge during WW1 to the point of changing its name from Berlin to Kitchener through a controversial and high tension referendum. Berlin Ontario and much of surrounding Waterloo County was the centre of German culture in Canada in the early 1900s. From the start of WW1 in 1914, residents of the city were questioned for their loyalty to King, Country and the allied war effort in Europe. Created by the Waterloo Region Museum, the exhibit tells the story of how and why the city of Berlin changed its name to Kitchener on September 1, 1916. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that name change.


299 Bridge Street E., Kitchener 519-741-5700 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 in 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 another 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 5127 Wellington Road S., London 888-594-9144 Over The Limit Designated Drivers serves Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo 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. We are open 7 days a week, 364 days a year, from 6pm to 4am. If you wish, you may contact them to pre-book your ride. 41


5 Manitou Drive., Kitchener 1585 Victoria Street N., Kitchener 7 King Street N., Waterloo Canada’s number 1 Adult store, 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!

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Experience a TASTE OF OKTOBERFEST at these participating restaurants! Visit for a complete list of restaurants, and detailed menu information

Beertown Public House - Waterloo Beertown Public House - London Beertown Public House - Cambridge BlackShop Restaurant Boston Pizza Charcoal Steakhouse Concordia Club dels Enoteca Pizzeria Embers Restaurant Firkin at the Tannery Frat Burger Martini’s

Mel’s Diner - Kitchener Mel’s Diner - Waterloo Metro Moose Winooski’s Morty’s Pub Pita Pit (Various locations) Traders Exchange Rhapsody Barrel Bar Solé Restaurant & Wine Bar The Bauer Kitchen The Berlin TWH Social Wildcraft Grill Bar

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2016 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Inc.

Board of Directors President

1st Vice-President

2nd Vice-President

Past President



Director - Festhallen Operation & Accreditation

Director – At Large

Director- Business and Strategic Development

Alfred Lowrick

Margo Jones

Harry Vogt

Tim Beckett

Andrew Roth

Mike Abbott

Tony Papa

Jack Bishop

Vic Degutis

Director - German Heritage

Director - KWO Productions

Director - Marketing

Director Family & Cultural Events

Director - Volunteer Services

Director – Parade

Bob Foster

Meghan Hennessey

Tim Hattle

Rob Orendi

Director - Event Productions

Kelly Wilker


Scott Henderson

Jean Weiler

Executive Director

Dave MacNeil


2016 Volunteer Chairs COMMITTEE ........................................................... CHAIR

A Blooming Affair............................. Tara Hebblethwaite Archives.................................................Heidi Peller-Oliver Audit.................................................................Mark Eamer Ceremonies.......................................................Ellen Straus Conventions..................................................Art Primosch Corporate Sponsorship............................Krystal Darling Culinary........................................................ Nicki Boulette Downtown Production...................................Ryan Sieling FCE – Community Partnerships...Stephanie Grebinski Festival Entertainment................................. Ed Gierscher Festhallen Operations & Accreditation .....Beth Warren Finance.................................................................Tony Papa Gemuetlichkeit..............................................Art Primosch German Heritage.............................................. Bob Foster Hospitality........................................................... Rick Prack

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

KWO 5K Fun Run........................................Sue MacNeil Marketing......................................................Allan Cayenne Maypole ............................................................John Strong Miss Oktoberfest/Gala Ball ................. Cindy Coombes Oktoberfest Golf Experience......................Craig Moore Oktoberfest Mascots.......................................Mark Potter Onkel Hans Food Drive........................... Jackie Herrgott Parade.............................................................Eric Scheffler Presidents’ Invitational Luncheon............Paul Buttinger Public Relations .........................................Patti McKague Schools.......................................................Danielle Fritsch Tour de Hans...................................................Karina Graf Treasure Hunt................................................Mike Gentile Volunteers.........................................................Jillian Grant Women of the Year.............................Kerry-Lynn Wilkie

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


FIND THE KEY TO $3,000! Here’s How:

• Beginning Monday, September 26 , one clue will be given daily, Monday through Friday, in the morning on Country 106.7 and will appear in that day’s Waterloo Region Record. • Previously released clues will be on display at participating sponsors’ locations. th


Plus! Daily Draws for 100 Manulife Bank Bucks to spend at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store! • Complete contest details at participating sponsor locations and at 49


Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrates beauty, fashion and style at the annual A Blooming Affair Fashion Show presented by Heffner Lexus. For over 40 years, A Blooming Affair has been the fall fashion event in Waterloo Region, featuring an amazing selection in ladies, men’s and children’s wear from many of the area’s leading independent retailers. A Blooming Affair consistently attracts over 900 attendees each year, offering an entertaining fashion show, the opportunity for guests to shop at the trendy MOST Magazine Boulevard of Boutiques, and a chance to win a great selection of prizes and gifts. The show also features an outstanding raffle with proceeds going to support a local charitable organization. Advance tickets are recommended for this popular event and are available through the Official Retail Store

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

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6pm M  ost Magazine Boulevard of Boutiques 7:30pm Fashion Show Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener

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Rogers Women of the Year The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year ceremony recognizes women from all walks of life, who have made a difference in the community and in the lives of others. The evening brings into the spotlight outstanding women from the Region of Waterloo, recognizing their talents, commitment and achievements by presenting awards in ten categories: - Arts & Culture - Community Service - Entrepreneur - Group Achievement - Health & Wellness - Lifetime Achievement - Professional - Sports & Recreation - Young Adult - STEM 50

The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognizes and honours all nominees, not just the recipients. Each nominee, regardless of the category, reaches out and touches the lives of others in some way, every day. Women all over Waterloo Region are reminded just how much their community appreciates their contributions and commitments. Tickets are $40+HST and are available online at

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Thursday, October 6, 2016 7:00pm Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener


She’s got the whole region talking daytime | 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 11pm Susan Cook-Scheerer dishes with guests about all things local – from cuisine to healthy lifestyles, home improvements to local events and current affairs. Stay connected to what’s happening in and around Waterloo Region with daytime!


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Thanksgiving Day Parade


Join us for Canada’s Greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 10, 2016

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. This year we feature the same great parade, but you’ll get to watch it from a different angle. Our 5K parade route will commence at 8:45am from King and Cedar Streets in Downtown Kitchener. It will travel along King Street through the Downtown core before turning right onto Victoria Street. It will stay on Victoria briefly, before turning left on Weber Street. Continuing on Weber 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 52

the featured bands include the Burlington Teen Tour Band, the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Region Police Service, Pipes & Drums of Canada and Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band from Lakewood, Ohio Bleacher seating is available for $8 a person and can be purchased through the KitchenerWaterloo 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, The Region of Waterloo and The Record for their support.


ONKEL HANS FOOD DRIVE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE Monday, october 10, 2016 - 8:45aM Start

bring your canned & non-perishable food items to the parade





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

Frankenmuth, Michigan. 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! When you see Onkel Hans, make sure you take a #Hansie! Follow Onkel Hans on Facebook and on Twitter (@KW_Oktoberfest)!

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Tante Frieda The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Family is back together! Tante Frieda will join Onkel Hans, and Ziggy unt Zaggy Steiner for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2016. Thirty years ago, Frieda left KitchenerWaterloo to spread the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit throughout the world. After a lengthy long distance relationship, Tante Frieda has returned to the loves of her life - Onkel Hans and Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Look for Tante Frieda at select KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest events. She would love to meet you! 54

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Miss Oktoberfest Miss Oktoberfest is our second most requested VIP, surpassed only by Onkel Hans. She is a favourite among the thousands of school children she comes in contact with during the Festival, through the Schools Program and family events. Making over 100 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 2016 will be crowned at the Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball held on

Holly Pearson, Miss Oktoberfest 2015

Friday, September 30 at Bingemans. Tickets are $150+HST per person and are available by request at or 519-5704267 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 2016!

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Explore the fascinating story of how and why the city of Berlin changed its name to Kitchener during the First World War. Connect with us.

Waterloo Region Museum 10 Huron Road, Kitchener 519-748-1914 TTY: 519-575-4608


The Kitchener-Waterloo

Oktoberfest Experience! Few people would argue that KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest has made a tremendous impact on the community over the past 48 years! Whether it’s contributing to the community, celebrating our German-Canadian heritage, bringing together thousands of volunteers, or taking Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest across the province, the festival offers a true Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 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 the third most recognized event among Canadians and, for Kitchener-Waterloo, the festival is a binding element in our community. It’s an opportunity to gather and celebrate – a ritual observed with great enthusiasm and pride. On Thanksgiving morning, you will find over 150,000 people lining the parade route, where ecstatic children, neighbourly greetings and hot chocolate are regular fixtures. Kick up your heels at a Festhalle, sample some schnitzel, or dig into a pancake breakfast – you’ll do so among some of


the 700,000 folks who take part in the festival each year. The positive vibes at KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest are undeniable – and contagious. The positive effects are also relayed in terms of economics. A recent study found Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has a $21 million economic benefit to the region. Over the last 47 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, over 1.3 million pounds of food have been collected at the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade! Over the years tens of millions of visitors and locals have come to Waterloo Region to celebrate the spirit of Gemütlichkeit, explore our community and enjoy a real Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Experience!

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

They are impossible to miss – those handsome men in long, woolen stockings and leather shorts held up by sturdy suspenders with intricate pewter fastenings, and sporting hats with feathery plumes. Or the fair maidens in their low–cut gathered white blouses with flowing skirts, topped with colourful aprons. Whether they are twirling around the Festhallen floors, or serving you pints of frosty beer, during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest these delightful outfits, based on authentic German costumes, become the height of fashion. The Tracht you will see throughout Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, like most costumes, has dozens of variations and styles. The most commonly recognized attire includes the dirndl - a closefitting bodice combined with an apron in a different colour - 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”. For a few dollars more, add a glass shooter around your neck, or a funny chicken hat, great for all the dancing you will be doing at the Festhallen celebrations! Of course, no matter what style or outfit you choose, the final must-have to ‘get your Tracht on’ this year is the commemorative pin. These pins are just one of the many traditions of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Collect them or trade them, because the more you have – the more you want!

RIDE With Us! Here’s to Responsible Choices!

Good times, good friends, and good cheer! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is proud to host the Free-Ride program. For the 31st year, Molson, in conjunction with Grand River Transit, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, MTE Consultants, 105.3 Virgin Radio and our participating Festhallen, will provide free bus rides on both festival weekends in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. It’s a safe, convenient way for you to get home after a night of partying. Bus schedule information is available from the Festhallen. If you plan to drive, take part in the Pepsi Designated Driver Program, available at most

Festhallen. Simply register when you arrive, then enjoy drinking free Pepsi product during your stay. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is also continuing the tradition of safety by 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!

The Spirit of Giving!

Have you ever thought about the logistics of hosting over 700,000 participants during a nineday international festival, promoting the spirit of Gemütlichkeit? Although K-W Oktoberfest Inc. employs nine full-time staff, the Festival would not be possible without the dedication of over 500 volunteers, who help to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Since 1969, our constant growth and success promoting a unique German heritage experience is a testament to our dynamic volunteers. 59

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2015 Volunteers of the Year Brigitte Budaker & Brad Coles Brigitte Budaker

Brad Coles

Brigitte Budaker is in her 26th year of service with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. While the majority of her time has been spent with the Conventions Committee, her background includes several years on the former International Talent Committee and many volunteer hours at the Parade and with the Gemuetlichkeit Committee. Brigitte takes on roles with pride, integrity and class, regardless of whether it is a high-profile\ function or a not-so-pretty task. Brigitte’s command of the German language puts others at ease, engaging visitors in the official language of Oktoberfest. She is the ultimate ambassador as she spreads word of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest around the world in her full-time job as a flight attendant.

Brad Coles has been a volunteer with KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest since 2010 serving on both the Gemuetlichkeit and Oktoberfest Mascots Committee. He has also been an active member with Oberkrainer Haus (SAVA Club). Brad is always willing to volunteer and help out on any event, he even goes out of his way to make himself available when you’re in a pinch. Whenever a request is put out to the Oktoberfest Mascots Committee, Brad always steps up to help. He is always quick to reply and extremely reliable. While Brad may not always be the most visible, he is always professional and at all times ensures everyone has an amazing Oktoberfest experience.



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Our Glockenspiel The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Glockenspiel is a unique and dynamic symbol of the authentic traditions of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival and our community’s rich German heritage. The Glockenspiel is a complex animated show depicting Grimm’s Fairy Tale ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’. The magnificent presentation includes three sliding stages, seven animated dwarfs and the three main character figures. The 23 bell clarions are programmed to play the music of the story, made popular by Walt Disney. The Glockenspiel was originally erected in 1976 in Downtown Kitchener, and was an instant success with both adults and children alike. In 2009, the Glockenspiel had to be removed from its location and put in storage, with the intention of resurrecting the community icon at a later date.

Now, thanks to the efforts of some dedicated volunteers and the committment of community partners, including the City of Kitchener and the German-Canadian Remembrance Society, refurbishment of the Glockenspiel is completed! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest reintroduced this incredible piece of our heritage in the Fall of 2015.





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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. 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 Heritage Festival experienced poor attendance. Winterfest’s obituary was written in 1970 when January thaws, two years running, melted ice sculptures and affected snow related events. 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 64

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 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 KitchenerWaterloo 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. The event at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium featured Cardinal Paul-Emile Leger and attracted an audience of 6,500. 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 a “tiger by the tail”, which needed to be nurtured carefully if it were to

realize its potential. Concerns were expressed that, 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. Also worrying the Chamber was 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. 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. An Ontario Festivals and Events economic impact study conducted in 2003 registered an attendance of 587,000 during that year’s Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, of which 293,000 were from outside K-W. The equivalent of 733 full-time jobs were created. All three levels of government realized increased tax revenues. In non-economic terms, 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 $21 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 48th 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. 65



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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has a date with the largest Oktoberfest in South America, located in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Oktoberfest of Blumenau is an 18 day festival of Germanic traditions, which happens in mid-October each year. It is considered one of the biggest German festival in the Americas, rivaled only by the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and of course, the original Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. The city has a common history with our community and was settled in 1850 by Dr. Otto Blumenau and 17 other German families. Still today, with a population of 300,000, the main ethnic inhabitants are Germans and Italians. The city boasts one of the highest standards of living in Brazil, with the main economic activities based in the textile industry and related information technologies. Blumenau’s annual Oktoberfest was created in 1984, after a big flooding of the Itajai-Acu River, with the objective of recuperating the city’s economy and raising the morale of its inhabitants. Today, the event takes place at Parque Vila Germânica (Germanic Village Park) hosting 40,000 each night in 3 centralized festhallen. The community is proud of the 32 German clubs and 40 dance groups that participate and support the cultural traditions, including regular parades. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is proud to host representatives and media from this great Brazilian festival, including their 2016 Queen, Ms. Sophia Scarlett Piske. Immediately following our festival celebration, a delegation from our festival, including Vic Degutis (Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Director of Business and Strategic Development) and Miss Oktoberfest 2015 Holly Pearson, will visit the Blumenau event and participate in their parades and celebrations. Sharing best practice and tourism promotion is the mutual goal. If you see Sophia in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, at a Family & Cultural event or in a festhallen, make her and her delegation feel welcome. 67


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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 70

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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