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GROUP TOURS OCTOBER 6-14, 2017 • OCTOBER 5-13, 2018 WWW.OKTOBERFEST.CA


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October 6-14, 2017 • October 5-13, 2018 October 11-19, 2019• October 9-17 Willkommen! Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has grown to become Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival and host to the largest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the nation. This nine-day festival begins on the Friday of the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend with a ceremonial “Tapping of the Keg”. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is the third most recognized event among Canadians and attracts over 700,000 participants annually. It’s an opportunity to gather and celebrate – a ritual observed with great enthusiasm and pride. With authentic Bavarian offerings of delicious schnitzel, traditional German dancers and lively oompah music, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is sure to thrill festival guests of all ages! Kick up your heels at a festhalle, sample some sauerkraut, or dig into a pancake breakfast. The positive vibes at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest are undeniable – and contagious. Join us for the 2017 celebration and discover the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit in Kitchener-Waterloo!

What a Parade! – Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest features Canada’s largest and most sensational Thanksgiving Day Parade. On Monday, October 9, over 150,000 spectators will line the 5 km parade route eagerly awaiting the colourful floats, clowns and marching bands. Ecstatic children, neighbourly greetings and hot chocolate are regular fixtures at this event. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Onkel Hans Food Drive, and contribute to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade is televised across Canada on CTV. Experience our Festhallen – Celebrate in any of our 15 accredited Festhallen during your Kitchener-Waterloo

Oktoberfest visit. Each festhalle has its own unique Bavarian atmosphere, cuisine and entertainment, including bands, Bavarian dancers, and the warm spirit of Gemütlichkeit. Many festhallen host Family Days on Sunday and Monday of Thanksgiving weekend, when guests of all ages can enjoy the fun together.

Celebrate with a Legend – Come celebrate with Canada’s Polka King, Walter Ostanek! This three-time Grammy

Award-winning TV star and recording artist has entertained at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for over 25 years!

Visit Our Castle – A visit to our Festival wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Official Retail Store and Information Headquarters, nestled in the heart of Downtown Kitchener. Whether it’s festhallen tickets you seek, imported German beer steins or authentic Bavarian clothing, our Official Retail Store is the place to be!

Experience the Sights – Explore scenic Waterloo Region during your stay. Visit some of the charming villages that surround Kitchener-Waterloo, hike the many trails, explore our history, experience the flavour of the Farmers’ Markets, shop for antiques or discover the outlet malls. There’s something for everyone in this historic part of Southwestern Ontario.

Travel Time: Toronto – 1 hr

Detroit – 3 hrs

Windsor – 3 hrs Ottawa – 6 hrs

London – 1 hr Buffalo – 2 hrs

Niagara Falls – 1.5 hrs

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has been honoured twice with the ‘Top Event in Canada’ Award from the American Bus Association! “Must see Canadian Festival” in 2017 by Expedia.ca K-W Oktoberfest Inc. has produced this Group Tour Information. All rights are reserved. Reproduction without written permission is not permitted. All information is current at time of printing. K-W Oktoberfest Inc. cannot be responsible for any errors, changes or omissions.

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Group Tours TABLE OF CONTENTS Willkommen ................................................................................ p. 1 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Events …................................. p. 3 Festhallen Calendar ................................................................... p. 4 Festhallen Group Specials ……………………........................… p. 5 – 8 Planning Your Stay …………………………………............................... p. 9 Conventions & Tour Services ……….....................…….......…….... p. 9 Accommodations ……………...................………..……....…….. p. 10 – 11 Dining ……………………………………………...................................... p. 12 Attractions/Shopping …...................……………….……………….... p. 13 Frequently Asked Questions ..................................................... p. 13 This brochure is designed for Group Tours only – in addition to providing information on accommodations, meals, tours and local attractions, it features special pricing for Group Tours visiting the Festhallen. Additional information on our accredited Festhallen and events can be found on our website: www.oktoberfest.ca.

2017

PRESTIGE PASS ROLL OUT THE BARREL ONLY

$50

*

LIKE A VIP Experience THREE Festhallen in One Night! *Plus applicable taxes & handling. Does not include transportation.

LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE WWW.OKTOBERFEST.CA PACKAGES AVAILABLE Ask about adding hotel or limo service!

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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Events October 6 - 14, 2017 • October 5 - 13, 2018

For more events, information and tickets visit www.oktoberfest.ca or call 1-888-294-4267.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Opening Ceremonies Join President Margo Jones, Miss Oktoberfest and Onkel Hans as they drive the spigot into the keg to officially open the 49th Festival!

Friday, October 6, 2017 Friday, October 5, 2018 Kitchener City Hall

Bogenschuetzenfest The longest continuous running Family & Cultural Event! Anyone with a barebow and special blunttipped arrow may participate in this archery competition.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 Saturday, October 6, 2018 Hubertushaus

Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade

Roll out the Barrel...and have a barrel of fun! Cheer on teams as they compete in a relay-style race to push a metal barrel down a haylined track for the fastest time.

Canada’s largest Thanksgiving Day Parade features bands, colourful floats and performers travelling from Kitchener to Waterloo!

Saturday, October 7, 2017 Saturday, October 6, 2018 UpTown Waterloo

Monday, October 9, 2017 Monday, October 8, 2018 Kitchener to Waterloo

German Pioneers’ Day

Oktoberfest Car Show

OktoberFEAST

Willkommen Platz

This event honours pioneering families and organizations of German descent who have made valuable contributions to the Waterloo Region. Choirs, bands and dancers will perform at the event.

The 20th Annual Oktoberfest Car Show will wrap-up the final day of the festival with a bang,

Experience an array of mouthwatering tastes, treats, and yummy Oktoberfest delicacies at this mobile food-truck “Feastival” when it rolls into town!

The heart of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Live entertainment, mouth-watering food and beverages, information, souvenirs and a Bier Garten!

October 6 - 8, 2017 October 5- 7, 2017

October 6 - 14, 2017 October 5 - 13, 2018

Saturday, October 14, 2017 Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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Kitchener-Waterloo Accredited Festhallen - 2016 Times & Prices

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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) *Note these are dates from 2016, 2017 dates based on similar schedule.

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

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THANKSGIVING DAY

PARADE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017 8:45AM

BLOCKS OF TICKETS AVAILABLE! Thanksgiving Day Parade Bleacher Seats $8 WWW.OKTOBERFEST.CA FOR INFO & TO BUY PARADE BLEACHER TICKETS

ALTES MUENCHEN HAUS Queensmount Arena 1260 Queen’s Blvd Kitchener, ON 519-745-1541 www.lionsclubofkitchener.com

GROUP SPECIAL!

$30 pp (incl. tax) - Saturday, Oct. 7 Package Price Includes: Admission, live entertainment from Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, Large dinner platter with Oktoberfest sausage, schnitzel, German style potato salad, cabbage roll and a bun

A Hot Spot for German Hospitality Home of Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek Tasty German Food www.oktoberfest.ca

Prices guaranteed for 2017 only.

Visit Altes Muenchen Haus and support the Kitchener Lions Club of Kitchener! During the festival, Queensmount Arena in Kitchener is transformed into Altes Muenchen Haus - a hot spot 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!


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FESTER’S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 WINNERS Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 6th Annual Hansie Awards Awards Recognize Festival Entertainment Favourites!

Best In Festin’ Award 2016

Presented to the Festhallen who showed the best Bavarian themes

Large Festhalle (+600) Small Festhalle (-600)

Concordia Club Elmira Kiwanis Haus

sponsored by:

Fester’s Choice Awards 2016

as voted on by Festhallen visitors, were presented in the following categories:

Best Family Day Hubertushaus Tastiest Schnitzel Transylvania Haus Best Band Audience Participation The Golden Keys Best Customer Service The Schwaben Club

ALPINE CLUB 464 Maple Ave Kitchener, ON 519-744-1521 www.alpineclub.ca

GROUP SPECIAL!

$28 pp (incl. tax) - Weekdays

$30 pp (incl. tax) Weekends (Exc. Oct. 9 & 15) Admission, live entertainment and Oktoberfest Combination Platter schnitzel, sausage, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, dessert and coffee.

Open Every Day of the Festival Tasty German & Austrian Food • Folk Dancing & Schuhplattlers • Authentic German Music & Singing Novelty & Souvenir Shop • Famous for Apple Strudel All Welcome!

www.oktoberfest.ca

Prices guaranteed for 2017 only.

Package Price Includes:


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CAMBRIDGE BAVARIA HAUS

Come join us and celebrate Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest at Cambridge’s only Festhalle - Bavaria Haus! Enjoy live polka music 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 - check out our website for more information! Capacity: 680

GROUP SPECIAL!

Available Friday, Oct. 6 & Saturday, Oct. 7 $30 pp (incl. tax) Package prices includes: Admission & meal, live entertainment, Cambridge Bavaria Haus button - choice of dinner plate Schnitzel plate, Cabbage Roll plate or Oktoberfest Sausage plate plus dessert!

Home of the Hammershot Bar!

Prices guaranteed for 2017 only.

1500 Dunbar Road Cambridge, ON www.cambridgeoktoberfest.ca oktoberfest@cambridgerotary.ca

CONCORDIA CLUB 429 Ottawa Street South Kitchener, ON 519-745-5617 www.concordiaclub.ca

OKTOBERFEST SENIORS BUFFET LUNCHEON Available Tue., Oct. 10 & Wed., Oct. 11 - 11:30am - 2:30pm 4 Different Meat Buffet, Special Entertainment Program

GROUP SPECIAL! $38 pp (incl. tax)

Package Prices Includes: Tossed Salad, Potato Salad, Bean Salad, Wiener Schnitzel, Cabbage Rolls, Roast Chicken, Oktoberfest Sausage, Mashed Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Peas & Carrots, Apple Strudel, Coffee/Tea

Free Souvenir Mug! First Beer on the House! www.oktoberfest.ca

Prices guaranteed for 2017 only.

You’re sure to enjoy the authentic entertainment and food offered at Canada’s largest ethnic German club and the “home” of KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest! With the addition of a large tent, the club can accommodate almost 4,000 guests for the best party in town!


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OBERKRAINER HAUS Slovenian Association 50 Scheifele Place Breslau, ON 519-648-2773 www.sava.ca

GROUP SPECIAL!

Available Friday, Oct. 13 & Saturday, Oct. 14

$36 pp (incl. tax) Package Price Includes: Admission and multi-course meal with dessert and coffee served to your table! Groups limited to 10 persons or more.

Beautifully decorated modern hall, Award-winning cuisine, wheelchair accessible

Prices guaranteed for 2017 only.

Oberkrainer Haus welcomes you with authentic live Oberkrainer music, award-winning cuisine including our famous schnitzel, sausage and home-made strudel, shows by authentic Schuhplattlers and folk dance groups. Original costumes, games, contests, prizes, souvenir booth, specialty drinks and so much more

SCHWABEN CLUB

1668 King Street East Kitchener, ON 519-742-7979 www.kitchenerschwabenclub.com schwaben@kitchenerschwabenclub.com

GROUP SPECIAL! Package prices includes:

Admission, live entertainment and mouth-watering menu selections. Oktoberfest Special - schnitzel, cabbage roll, sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut & bread Pork Schnitzel Dinner, choice of 2 vegetables, potatoes & bread Chicken Schnitzel Dinner, choice of 2 vegetables, potatoes & bread Cabbage Rolls Dinner - 2 cabbage rolls, potatoes, sauerkraut & bread Sausage & Sauerkraut Dinner - potatoes & bread Vegetarian Dinner - vegetarian cabbage roll, (with butternut squash) choice of 2 vegetables

Contact the Schwaben Club for Pricing Details - 519-742-7979 www.oktoberfest.ca

Prices guaranteed for 2017 only.

To truly experience a traditional Oktoberfest, everyone must visit the Schwaben Club - serving up authentic German hospitality for over 86 years! We offer two lively festhallen, featuring live entertainment by the award winning Golden Keys and Steve Angel Band, as well as performances by local dance groups. Capacity: 640


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PLANNING YOUR STAY Saturday Day Trip Itinerary Morning: St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & St. Jacobs Outlet Mall Afternoon: Visit Downtown Kitchener, featuring the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official

Retail Store, Oktoberfest Haus and photos in front of the Maypole. Be greeted by hosts dressed in traditional Bavarian tracht. Then be sure to visit Woodside National Historic Site, the boyhood Victorian home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, decorated for the Thanksgiving season; or celebrate the Harvest Festival at Joseph Schneider Haus, Kitchener’s oldest Mennonite homestead. Evening: Celebrate the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit with dinner, dancing and entertainment at a Festhalle.

Thanksgiving Weekend (October 7-9, 2017 • October 6-8, 2018)

SATURDAY - Same as Day Trip Itinerary SUNDAY - Morning: Visit the latest exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Afternoon: Tour the quaint village of St. Jacobs, full of boutiques and specialty shops, or hike

along the Grand River. Evening: Celebrate the Spirit of Gemütlichkeit with dinner, dancing and entertainment at a Festhalle. MONDAY - Morning: Watch the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade from your front-row reserved bleacher seat. Then head over to Family Day at one of the Festhallen to enjoy lunch and fun for the whole family! Visit www.oktoberfest.ca for bleacher tickets for your group!

CONVENTION SERVICES Include us in your plans for your next event or conference! Our services can include:

• Traditional Keg Tapping Ceremony! • Bavarian Decorations! • Live Entertainment! • Greeters in Traditional Costumes! • Oktoberfest Button for All Your Guests!

Visit www.oktoberfest.ca for more information! www.oktoberfest.ca


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Accommodations For more information on accommodations, visit www.oktoberfest.ca or call 1-888-294-4267.

Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel

Delta Waterloo

sales@bwcambridge.com www.bwcambridge.com Welcome to the Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel, where you will find friendly staff, great 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 high-speed internet & a 37” flat screen TV. Relax in our indoor swimming pool & hot tub. Please contact us directly and take advantage of our special Oktoberfest rate starting at $92.00 plus tax, which includes a hot buffet breakfast.

wat.reservations.sm@deltahotels.com www.deltahotels.marriott.com 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.

730 Hespeler Road, Cambridge

519-623-4600

110 Erb Street W., Waterloo

Best Western PLUS Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel 2899 King Street E., Kitchener

519-894-3500

reservations@bestwesternpluskitchener.ca www.bestwesternpluskitchener.ca 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 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest activities. All guest rooms are 100 percent non-smoking and feature a 32 inch LCD TV, microwave, and refrigerator. We offer a delicious complimentary hot breakfast.

Comfort Inn Waterloo 190 Weber Street N., Waterloo

Four Points by Sheraton Cambridge-Kitchener 110 Erb Street W., Waterloo

519-747-9400

Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs

519-884-9295

519-514-0404

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo/St. Jacobs 14 Benjamin Road, Waterloo

519-772-9800

hiexpress.com/waterloosj

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. Our location is just over an hour west of Toronto and is 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.

info@courtyardwaterloo.com www.marriott.com/ykfcy 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 Festhallen, the Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs is the place for you!

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street E., Kitchener

cambridgeontario@fourpoints.com www.fourpoints.com/cambridgeontario 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. Located just off Hwy. 401, the hotel is the perfect location for any occasion. Stay here and enjoy a comfortable bus ride to the events.

hiexwaterloosj@wgroup.ca

CN314@whg.com www.choicehotels.ca Come stay at the Comfort Inn Waterloo. Our close proximity to Festhalle and Event Clubs in Waterloo and Kitchener make us an ideal location for Festers. Enjoy lunch at our attached Angel’s Family Restaurant, search Oktoberfest events with our free WIFI service, or just catch up on some needed rest in our newly renovated rooms.

50 Benjamin Road E., Waterloo

519-514-0404

519-744-4141

www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/kitchener/ykfcp/hoteldetail 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, onsite restaurant and lounge, indoor swimming pool, extensive fitness and recreation center with two bowling lanes, mini putt and more.

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Accommodations

For more information on accommodations, visit www.oktoberfest.ca or call 1-888-294-4267.

Olde Heidelberg Restaurant, Tavern & Motel

The Inn of Waterloo & Conference Hotel 475 King Street N., Waterloo

3006 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg

519-804-1130

info@theinnofwaterloo.com www.theinnofwaterloo.com 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 short distance to events &

www.oldhh.com

519-699-4413

Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo

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.

Hi-kitchenerwaterloo@fortisproperties.com www.holidayinn.com/kitcheneron

Les Diplomats B&B (Executive Guest House)

attractions.

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. More than just a roof over your head and a place to crash, we’re the destination of choice for groups and corporate travellers looking for a hotel in the 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!

Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs 45 Benjamin Road, Waterloo

519-514-0088

reservations@homewoodsuitesstjacobs.com www.homewoodsuites.com Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs, specializes in extended stays and features all-suite accommodations. Spacious, welcoming and modern, the on-and-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 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.

100 Blythwood Road, Waterloo

519-725-3184

info@theinnofwaterloo.com www.theinnofwaterloo.com 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!

Radisson Hotel Kitchener-Waterloo 2960 King Street E., Kitchener whg7107res@whg.com

519-894-9500

www.radisson.com/kitchenerca

A warm welcome to Oktoberfest guests to the newly renovated Radisson Hotel K-W, where we take pride in personal and friendly service! We feature well-appointed guestrooms and one bedroom suites, each with a fridge, microwave, free internet, flat screen TV and in-room movies. Enjoy our indoor heated pool or workout in our fitness centre. Guests receive complimentary parking and can choose from four amazing onsite restaurants! The Radisson Hotel is 100% non-smoking and pet friendly (small pet fee applies). Centrally located with easy access to major highways and within ten minutes to many Oktoberfest festhallen and events!

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Dining

For more information on attractions/shopping, visit www.oktoberfest.ca or call 1-888-294-4267.

Bertown Public House Waterloo

Little Mushroom Catering

www.beertown.ca Modern beer bar & chef-driven kitchen that quenches your thirst for the unconventional. An endless stream of well-crafted beer and food. Social, playfully rebellious, infectiously enthusiastic and we’re fiercely passionate about what we do. Other Locations: Cambridge - 1A-561 Hespeler Road - 519-629-0288 London - 109 Fanshawe Park Road East 519-679-5424

info@littlemushroomcatering.com www.littlemushroomcatering.ca 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!

75 King Street South Unit 37, Waterloo

Frat Burger

247 King Street N., Waterloo

519-885-5151

519-954-3728

www.fratburger.ca We are an ecclectic group of guys and our vision for Frat Burger is “Do Burgers Right!”. Visit us and experience our atmosphere of re-claimed industrial meets old school. We grind our own fresh local Ontario beef, and cook each patty to order. Using only locally sourced potatoes we cut and prep your fries in-house and cook and season them to order. Choose from a plethora of fresh toppings for your burger and/or for your fries and voila!

Grainharvest Breadhouse 3-105 Lexington Road, Waterloo info@grainharvest.ca

519-725-1920

www.grainharvest.ca

Grainharvest is an artisan bakery located in Waterloo. The Bakery started in 1989 and has its roots in the European art of baking. They are focused on crafting good tasting breads without all the added junk you find in a lot of commercial bread. The store offers 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 a store 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!

Jack’s Family Restaurant 20 Benjamin Road., Waterloo

141 Whitney Place, Ste. 104, Kitchener

Metro Restaurant

141 Whitney Place, Ste. 104, Kitchener

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

519-578-9189

www.littlemushroomcatering.ca 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!

Morty’s Pub

272 King Street N., Waterloo

519-886-0440

519-745-8478

mortys@mortys.com www.mortys.com Morty’s is proud of their many unique, homemade items on their menu, like the daily soup, pizzas, panzerottis, 10oz burger, lasagna and of course chicken wings. They consistently strive to deliver a memorable and fun experience with great food and service. Three decades later they are still an independent Waterloo family-owned business. Morty’s is like a home for many, and they hope that you feel at home when you’re in their home.

TWH Social

519-746-4800

226-791-4537

1 King Street W., Kitchener

www.twhsocial.com At the corner of King and Queen Streets, at the base of the Walper Hotel, TWH Social brings a contemporary sophistication to Downtown Kitchener. Located in the geographic, cultural and social hub of Waterloo Region, TWH Social is for restaurant and bar enthusiasts who seek great food and service, in an upscale and casual atmosphere.

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Local Attractions For more information on attractions/shopping, visit www.oktoberfest.ca or call 1-888-294-4267.

Centre In The Square

101 Queen Street N., Kitchener

519-578-1570

www.centreinthesquare.com 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-theart theatre, making it acoustically superior and widely regarded as one of the finest performance spaces in North America

Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener

519-894-5610

www.chicopee.ca Chicopee has been a not-for-profit pillar in this region for over 81 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 fun-filled 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.

Christkindl Market

City of Kitchener, City Hall

info@christkindl.ca www.christkindl.ca Music, choirs, bands & dance groups entertain on stage. Admission is FREE! Meet butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, wooden toy carvers, and even blacksmiths - over 70 vendors. Relive a centuries-old tradition, Christkindl Market at Kitchener City Hall. Their “Festival of German Christmas” is bursting with everything that tastes, sounds, smells and feels like Christmas. Don’t miss the model railway room. Visit Christkindl, Angels, Knecht Ruprecht, Organ Grinder & Haribo bear. There’s a Kinderecke, children’s craft centre, workshop and puppet show planned. The Candlelight Procession on Thursday with Grand Phil marks the opening. See you Dec. 7-10, 2017!

Market Road Antiques 845 Weber Street N., Waterloo

519-746-1999

antiques@stjacobs.com 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 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 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

www.snydersfamilyfarm.com www.fearfarm.ca 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. 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, amazing props, and the biggest Halloween destination in the region. www. fearfarm.com Visit www.fearfarm.ca.

St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market 878 Weber Street N., Woolwich

519-747-1830

markets@stjacobs.com www.stjacobs.com Two minutes south of the Village of St. Jacobs, explore the abundance of meats & cheese, fresh produce, baked goods, international delicacies, arts & crafts, quilts, home furnishings and spectacular flea market, plus buskers, pony rides and kiddie rides at Canada’s largest farmers’ market! Indoor and outdoor farm-fresh fun for the whole family. Open Thursday and Saturday year-round from 7 am - 3:30 pm, and Tuesdays mid-June to the last Tuesday in August.

Waterloo Region Museum 10 Huron Road, Kitchener

519-748-1914

waterlooregionmuseum@regionofwaterloo.ca www.waterlooregionmuseum.com

Drayton Entertainment 46 Grand Avenue S., Cambridge

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.

www.draytonentertainment.com Drayton Entertainment is a registered, not-for-profit charitable organization, and one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies. From Broadway Musicals, to laugh-a-minute comedies and high energy tribute shows, Drayton Entertainment presents the finest in live theatre for all ages at seven unique venues accross Ontario:

The Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. The main gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and the feature gallery showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Open daily and the entrance to Doon Heritage Crossroads. Doon Heritage Village is open seasonally from May to December and is a picturesque 60 acre living history village, that shows visitors what life was like in 1914. One admission price includes entry to the Museum exhibit galleries and village.

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Frequently Asked Questions For more information, visit www.oktoberfest.ca or call 1-888-294-4267. What is a festhalle?

Festhallen are Bavarian themed venues that can welcome 250 to 4,500 people! While there are five traditional German Clubs, all Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Festhallen are accredited and offer award-winning oompah bands, bavarian dancers, and mouthwatering German cuisine. Each festhalle is unique, catering to all ages - from the young to the ‘young at heart’!

What should I wear to a festhallen?

Dress code at the festhallen is clean and casual, and Bavarian tracht of course! Proper footwear is also a must, for all of the dancing you’re sure to do!

What is tracht?

Tracht is traditional German clothing worn by both men and women. Dirndls consist of a blouse, bodice, full skirt and apron, and can be made in a variety of fabrics and styles. Lederhosen, or bundhosen, are men’s breeches made of leather and can be either short or knee-length. In the past, lederhosen were only worn by men, but in recent years women have adopted the style as well.

What is a Guaranteed Arrival Time?

The Guaranteed Arrival Time (GAT) is one of the most important guidelines for our success in accommodating so many people. Advance ticket holders have a specific period of time (GAT) that they are allowed to enter a festhalle. People who have not purchased advance tickets often wait in line to gain admission, and after the GAT, if the halle is not filled to capacity they are allowed to enter. Any pre-sold tickets are still honoured after the GAT, but ticket holders are required to wait in line.

What will the weather be like during the festival?

It is difficult to predict weather for the festival - 2014 was cool and sunny with a few days of rain, 2015 was sunny and warm! 2016 sunny and warm better than expected! Watch your local weather station for an up-to-date forecast!

How can I get back to my hotel from a festhalle?

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, in collaboration with Molson Coors Canada, Grand River Transit and participating festhallen, is proud to support responsible choices initiatives. Each Friday and Saturday during the festival, you can ride the bus for FREE from select festhallen to the main bus terminal in Downtown Kitchener. We are also proud to partner with Over the Limit Designated Drivers (www.overthelimitdd.com) to offer more options for festers to get home safely.

Where do I buy tickets and souvenirs?

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store is your one-stop shop for all your ticket and souvenir needs! From annual souvenir buttons and pins to traditional German steins and tracht to postcards and magnets, the Official Retail Store has something for everyone! Tickets for festhallen and other events are also available for purchase. If you can’t make it into the store, shop online at www.oktoberfest.ca!

Is there bus parking available?

Yes, most of our festhallen have parking lots that can accomodate buses. Please use the contact information provided for more information on a specific festhalle’s parking availability.

Do you have photos available to use in advertising materials?

We’re happy to provide Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest promotional photos for use in your bus tour advertising materials. Please contact info@oktoberfest.ca for assistance.

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