The 10th Annual Saline Oktoberfest, will be held on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th. Hosted by Saline MainStreet, this community event includes live entertainment for all ages, family activities, Kinderplatz children’s concert, bouncers and kids craft area, and German and American Food.
The Oktoberfest Bier Garten will open the festivities on Friday, September 26th from 6pm to 11pm with wonderful German and local food and a Beer/Wine tent. New this year will be a ‘Tapping of the Golden Keg’ ceremony to kick off the event! Watch the beautiful horse drawn wagon as they pull the Golden Keg into the festival area for the ceremonial toast to open the festivities. Inaugural Beer Stein mugs are available to purchase HERE for the official Toast!
Fifty Amp Fuse will be the headliner! Fifty Amp Fuse is a live multimedia spectacular celebrating six decades of American and British pop/rock hits. Led by a nine-piece band, Fifty Amp Fuse transports the audience on a musical journey through the soundtrack of their lives. Bring your dancing shoes and come join them as they rock Saline! There will be a $5 cover charge for those 21 and over on Friday night only. Free to anyone 20 and under.
Back by popular demand, the German game, Hammerschlagen will be held! This game is a tournament of skill (or luck). Challenge your friends by signing up to play at the Bier Garten on Saturday. There will be a $100 first prize winner and a $50 second prize winner. Activity sponsor is Extang Tonneau Covers.
New this year is the Corn Hole Challenge! There are three categories: Corporate Challenge– (limited to 8 two-person teams), Family Challenge-(limited to 8 two-person teams), and Adult Challenge (limited to 12 two-person teams). Get your two-person teams together and sign up for the challenge that will take place on Saturday starting at 3 pm. Email Bob Rosenberger at email@example.com to sign up your teams. There will be $50 Downtown gift certificates for the top team in each category! Our activity sponsor is Sprint Saline.
Delicious food will be available both Friday (6-11pm) and Saturday (10am-10pm)! The Saline Lindenberg Friendship Committee will again serve up traditional German food in the Bier Garten. Your choices also include tasty selections from Mangiamo’s, Downtown Diner, and Benito’s Pizza. Billy Bayou Soda & Nutty Bavarian Nuts will be back this year! The Kiwanis Club will offer food and snacks, plus we’ll have Lions Club’s ice cream and more, and of course all of our wonderful downtown restaurants are open for business too.
Saturday also features Saline High School’s South & West Consortium Culinary Arts Department annual bake sale starting at 10 am until they are sold out.
Live entertainment continues on the Main Stage on Saturday, September 27th from 12 noon until 10 pm including the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, the New Horizons German Band, a children’s concert by the WannaBee’s, and this year we are staying open longer to bring The Phoenix Theory Band back to Downtown Saline from 7PM to 10 PM!
Kinderplatz! will be held on Saturday from 10am to 3pm on S. Ann Arbor Street and engages kids with free activities including a variety of bouncers and crafts, a reptile display, and antique tractors. A free live children’s concert (The Wanna Bees Band) will be held at 3 pm on the main stage. Watch our website at www.salineoktoberfest.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/salinemainstreet for updates.
The Saline Farmer’s Market will also be open from 8 am to 1 pm for local produce and baked goods. You will find them in the parking lot off Henry Street, (behind Mac’s).