The 6th Annual C-U Oktoberfest
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 6th and offers a great deal of fun under the big tents!
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 during both events, 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 dance the night away!
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Die Musikmeisters-Live Music
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm The Polkaholics ~ Live Music
10:30pm – Midnight Bolzen Beer Band-Live Music
Volunteers are needed and opportunities are still available. Please contact Evan Burie at firstname.lastname@example.org