Downtown Historic Cedarburg

October 10 & 11, 2015

A perfect weekend in October now includes Cedarburg’s Oktoberfest in Downtown Historic Cedarburg bursting with gemuetlichkeit, Saturday, October 10, 11 am–8 pm & Sunday, October 11, 10 am-5 pm.  Free admission and parking.

A huge tent will be erected in the Community Center Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue) to cover the bands, the dance floor and tables, lending a true Oktoberfest feel.  Oktoberfest means authentic German music and the entertainment features Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers, Tuba Dan, the Alte Kameraden Band, D' Lustig'n Wendlstoana Dancers and the Cedarburg Civic Band plus a wooden dance floor for Polka fans.

You will find German foods and beers and German desserts. Festivals of Cedarburg will dish up authentic German dinners, classics like Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, German Sausage Platter, and other delights.  Cedarburg Lion’s will serve Currywurst, Bratwurst and Hotdogs.  Downtown Dough’s desserts will be included.  Guests will also find specialty beers such as Hofbrau, Hacker Pschorr, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest and Bluemoon.

Silly contests with prize awards include Saturday’s Best Lederhosen/Dirndl Judging Contest, and Sauerkraut Eating Contest and Sunday’s German Spelling Bee from Ault to Zither (A-Z).  There will be an Ecumenical Church Service at 10 am followed by Oktoberfest activities from 11-5 pm in beautiful Downtown Historic Cedarburg,  W63 N641 Washington Avenue.

Sunday, 1-4 pm there will be a Sheepshead (Schafskopf) Tournament in the Senior Center Building.  There will also be a merchant’s marketplace on the grounds.  Arts will be highlighted all weekend long with the Cedarburg Artists Guild Covered Bridge Studio Tour (www.cedarburgartistsguild.com). While in Cedarburg, tour the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s art exhibits, Cedarburg Visitor Center’s General Store Museum, the historic Kuhefuss House (1849), Paul J. Yank Cedarburg Brewery (1843), Cedar Creek Winery in the Wittenberg Woolen Mill (1864) the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts and the newly opened Cedarburg Art Museum.  Most are within walking distance from the Festival.

For the automobile aficionados, about 20 members of the Milwaukee Region Porsche Club of America will be displaying their cars during Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 11 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. The region, which celebrated its 50th year in 2010, has more than 480 members.  A variety of Porsches are expected at this event, including some of the earliest models.

Oktoberfest attendees can enjoy strolling along Washington Avenue, absorbing the charm and historic ambiance of thriving downtown Cedarburg, chock-full of unique retail shops and restaurants. Founded in the 1840’s, Cedarburg was declared a National Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The city is home to more than 100 restored and intact buildings of historic significance. 

***Please note, pets are not allowed on the festival grounds and festival attendees are asked to support our Oktoberfest by not bringing carry-ins.  Alcoholic beverages must be consumed on the festival site.  Rain or shine.  Shelter is provided. 

Sponsored by Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.

Take I-43 North of Milwaukee
20 minutes away