Oktoberfest is October 1st
The 4th Annual C-U Oktoberfest
September 22, 2016—(Champaign, IL) — The C-U Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of music, beer and food held in Champaign-Urbana. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, October 1st and offers a full day of fun.
Festivities begin with the inaugural Dirndl Dash 5K run/walk at Crystal Lake Park from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. The race features everything for the serious, and not-so-serious, runner including chipped timing, pretzels from Einstein’s Bagels, German Beer from Paulaner, music and gifts (including a custom medal).
At 3:00 p.m., the 4th Annual C-U Oktoberfest begins. The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to Midnight under big tents at the corner of Neil and Washington Streets (parking lot area in front of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum) in downtown Champaign. Champaign Mayor Deb Frank Feinen will be tapping the ceremonial first keg at 3:50 p.m. and will pronounce the official start of the community festival.
Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music…mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Bands will be playing beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Die Musikmeisters, The Polkaholics and The Bolzen Beer Band returning by popular demand from last year’s event. The Regent Ballroom will offer free polka lessons at 3:30 pm under the big tent so party-goers can be prepared when the music begins!
Beer from local brewers, including The Blind Pig, JT Walker’s, Destihl, Triptych, and Riggs, as well as traditional German beer will be served. Destihl and Chester’s BBQ will be selling a variety of food during the entire event including a variety of authentic Oktoberfest sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad, schnitzel on a stick, half chickens and Bavarian-style pretzels!
To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be steins, hats, beaded necklaces, sweatshirts and t-shirts available for purchase.
Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen (or coming as they are) and dancing the night away!
Inaugural Dirndl Dash – Crystal Lake Park, Urbana (10:00am – 1:00pm)
10:00 am Same-Day Race Registration
11:00 am 5K Race Begins
C-U Oktoberfest – Neil & Washington Streets, Champaign (3:00pm – Midnight)
3:00 pm Gates Open & the Festival begins
3:30 pm Regent Ballroom Polka Lessons
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Balloon Making, Bounce House, Face Painting
3:50 pm Mayor Deb Frank Feinen taps the ceremonial first keg
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Die Musikmeisters-Live Music
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm The Polkaholics ~ Live Music
10:30p – Midnight Bolzen Beer Band-Live Music
Volunteers are needed and opportunities are still available. Please contact Nikki Kopmann at email@example.com!
The C-U Oktoberfest is a celebration that will support children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities in our community; proceeds from the event will benefit Developmental Services Center (DSC) and helps to further our mission, “To enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing services and supports which enable them to live, work, learn, and participate in their communities.”