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"Parktoberfest" returns to Downtown Detroit Saturday & Sunday at Campus Martius

Detroit twist to event honoring "Oktoberfest"
Posted at 7:21 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 12:31:59-04

Parktoberfest is returning to Downtown Detroit (Campus Martius) this weekend with live entertainment and fun for families. It's an event that toasts "Oktoberfest" with a Detroit Twist.

The hours are:

Friday, September 16, from 5 p.m. - midnight

Saturday, September 17, from noon - midnight

Organizers say the two days of activities will be "sprinkled with samples of traditional Oktoberfest elements."

Beer Selections:

The Downtown Parktoberfest will feature the Big Bier Garden Tent, supported by Atwater Brewery and Great Lakes Beverage, offering craft and Oktoberfest beer lovers more than 25 impressive selections, including the popular Blocktoberfest from Atwater Brewery in Detroit, and Hofbrau and Spaten from Munich.

Family Fun:

This includes live entertainment by Immigrant Sons, Corktown Popes and the Polish Muslims, a Kidz Zone with the favorite Faygo root beer garden and interactive activities and pumpkin carving demonstrations. There will also be a photo booth, a zucchini 500 race for the kids, and an array of specialty foods. 

 
As in Munich, where the original Oktoberfest is celebrated the same weekend, the Detroit Parktoberfest will open with the ceremonial Tapping of the First Keg at 5 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. Once those mugs are filled, the revelry and games begin!
 
Organizers say Participants can compete in feats of strength, speed and agility with contests such as keg rolling, a stein spree and stein hoisting in which contenders see who can hold a full mug of beer out in front of them the longest without any spills! 
 
You can find the complete schedule listing for Parktoberfest activities is DowntownDetroitParks.com