Oktoberfest 2015O’Brien Park – Corner of Parker Road and Mainstreet in Historical Downtown Parker
10795 Victorian Drive
Celebrating German Culture in Parker for Our 10th Year!
Saturday Sept. 19 – 11am- 8 pm and Sunday Sept. 20 10am – 5 pm
In celebration of German heritage and traditions, we will be honoring at the Parker Oktoberfest. The event will feature live German music, Bavarian dancers, a Biergarten featuring three Paulaner beers – Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest Marzen, and a Premium Pilsner, a number of competitions, and delicious German food.
Admission is free for our family-friendly German-themed festival. The event includes a number offun activities for children, great things to do for adults, and is family friendly. We will also have kids rides including an obstacle course, bungee tramp, a slide and much more! The festival boasts over 100 total vendors and a variety of activities for children.
The 10th Annual Parker Oktoberfest will be held on Friday September 18, (6- 10pm- by invitation) Saturday 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parker Mayor Mike Waid will preside over the opening ceremony and mini-parade. There will also be an opportunity to meet the CASC’s Miss Oktoberfest.
This year promises to be even more exciting than last with additional German entertainment, extra seating to see the bands, new activities for children, and a Saturday evening performance! For a sampling of sights and sounds you may experience at the Parker Oktoberfest, please click on the YouTube video below!
Why is Oktoberfest celebrated in September?
There are a few different theories….
- The “Oktoberfest” started in Munich, Germany on 12th October, 1810.It was a celebration to honor the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. The public party was a huge hit so it became an annual celebrationThe public party was a huge hit and from then on it has been continued to today. There are also references to an end of harvest festival as early as the fifteenth century which ran from the last Saturday of September to the first Sunday of October.
What does beer have to do with”Oktoberfest” ?
- In the dark ages there were no reliable preservation methods for food and drink spoilage and you could only keep a batch of good old homebrew from spoiling for so long. The old beer had to be used up before it went bad and to leave space to make the next generation of ale from the years harvest. Oktoberfest provided a festival that lasted until the beer was gone. The next bath of beer was started at the end of Oktoberfest and was ready in the spring for the next summer’s enjoyment.
Other theories about Oktoberfest?
Please add what you’ve heard below!