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2011 Schedule of Oktoberfest Events and Festivals in Detroit

Beer-Related Celebrations


Updated September 28, 2011

Oktoberfest is an annual fall festival that revolves around the drinking of beer and general merrymaking. Ironically, Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest mostly in September in 2011. The festival runs from September 17th to October 3rd. In Detroit, several events celebrating the hop are schedule in the last week of September and throughout the month of October.

For instance, Detroit's The Dakota Inn Rathskeller makes a month and a half of it with Oktoberfest celebrations each weekend from September 16th throughout the month of October. The renowned German establishment is importing beer from Germany, featuring German entertainment – The Sorgenbrechers, Die Fahrenden Maskanten Paulsner -- and asking its patrons to wear chicken hats.

Historic Trinity has its annual Oktoberfest Dinner and Auction on Wednesday, September 28th. It is a black-tie event and includes the Blessing of the Hops.

Redford Township hosts its 7th Annual Oktoberfest from September 30th to October 1st. As expected, there will be German food, beer and drink, as well as hayrides, magicians and inflatables.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Beverly Hills hosts its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest from September 30th through October 2nd. In addition to Clydesdale horse rides, kids games, festival dinners, and a beer tent, there will be live entertainment, including The Polish Muslims, Good Gravy and the New Brass Express.

Lansing hosts its 6th annual Old Town Oktoberfest from October 7th to October 8th. German Beer Venders number seven and include Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest and Frankenmuth Oktoberfest. There will also be hard cider from Uncle John's Cider Mill. Live entertainment includes the Hy-Notes, The Polish Muslims, and The Happy Wonderers. The cost is $13 in advance / $17 at the door and includes souvenir beer mug, and three food & drink tickets.

The Detroit Princess Riverboat hosts Boatoberfest on the afternoon of Sunday, October 9th. It is presented by Motor City brew Tours and includes beer, hard cider, mead and spirits tasting. Cost is $49.99 per ticket and includes 15 drink tickets and appetizers.

The Royal Oak Farmers Market celebrates its Oktoberfest Anniversary Party on Saturday, October 15th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The cost is $5 and the event includes The Good Times Orchestra, dancing, auction, food, wine and, of course, beer. All proceeds will benefit a local charity.

Detroit's Eastern Market hosts the Detroit Fall Beer Festival (AKA Harvest Beer Festival) on Saturday, October 22nd from 1 p.m. To 6 p.m.. The 3rd annual festival will showcase over 200 Michigan beers. There will also be local entertainment and food by local restaurants. Admission is $35 in advance / $40 at the door and includes 15 beer tokens.

The Detroit Zoo hosts a Zoo Brew on Wednesday, October 26th. While it isn't called an Oktoberfest celebration, it boasts of having more than 30 beers, so it qualifies. It also has live music and food. Cost is $25 in advance / $30 at the gate and includes 12 drink tickets.

So, what's the equivalent of “Cheers!” in German? According to About.com's guide to Student Travel, it is “Prost!.”

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