Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa Celebrates the Best of Bavarian Culture
Modeled after THE Munich Oktoberfest, Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa brings the best of Bavarian culture to Tulsa October 19-22 at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Named a Top Ten Oktoberfest by USA Today and Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, Linde Oktoberfest features 40,000 square feet of decorated entertainment and bier Zelts (tents), with more than 80 bier selections, authentic German food, live music, an arts and crafts MarktHaus, carnival rides, and German-themed games and pop-up activities.
General admission tickets are $10 at the gate or $7 in advance, and admission is free for children 12 and younger. Free Family Friday offers free admission on October 20 until 4 p.m. Advance tickets, VIP packages, Friends and Family packages, the popular Autobahn pack, MaßKrugs (pronounced “Moss Krooghs”) and more are available for purchase at TulsaOktoberfest.org. New for 2017 is the Thursday night Zelt Crawl, featuring admission, a 5oz mini mug and unlimited tastes from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Fall is fast approaching, and Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa is right around the corner,” said Festival Director Tonja Carrigg. “Linde Oktoberfest offers four days of Bavarian – styled fun for everyone, with proceeds benefitting River Parks, one of Tulsa’s most-cherished assets.”
Three bands will travel from Germany to perform at Linde Oktoberfest: Dorfrocker, Edelweiss Show Band, and Sepp Diepholder. A full lineup of German bands from Florida, Texas and Ohio are scheduled along with local Tulsa favorites.
Das Glockenspiel will return featuring live performances every hour from their double decker stage with specialty drinks served from a full-service bar below.
The expanded kids’ area, Das KinderPlatz, will host an entertainment Zelt, Das JugendZelt, and Grünflächen (green space) for families to gather throughout the day. Das JugendZelt will offer a variety of activities and entertainment for children each day, including magic shows, live music, a science show, Lego building, sand art, face painting and more.
Other popular events include Siegi’s World Championship Sausage Eating Competition; The Parade of the Wieners to the Games Arena for the Dachshund Dash, a race featuring “wiener dogs;” the bier barrel races and stein hoisting competitions. New for 2017 will be the Hofbrauhaus featuring an authentic German buffet in a sit-down, reservations-only setting. Enjoy a full brat or schnitzel dinner paired with famous Hofbrau biers, great music and authentic decor. The full schedule, details and event signup will be available at TulsaOktoberfest.org.
“With live music and Bavarian foods ranging from bratwurst to blooming onions, competitions and games such as the MaßKrug carry, the Dachshund Dash and arts and crafts, there’s truly something for everyone at Linde Oktoberfest,” Carrigg said.
The commemorative bier stein will be offered again this year. The German Maßkrug is a one-litre (33.8 fl ounce) stein designed to closely resemble those found in Bavarian bier gardens and bier halls and is a staple of the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. A smaller 16-fl ounce stein, the KleinKrug, is also available. Additionally, a new, Mini-Krug (5 fl ounce) will be available this year during the Zelt Crawl on Thursday Night only from 5-8:30 p.m., for sampling various biers.
In addition to the four-day festival, Linde Oktoberfest hosts a Corporate Night on Wednesday, October 18. Also known as Gemütlichkeit (which means a feeling of friendliness or good cheer), Corporate Night is the primary fundraiser for Tulsa Oktoberfest Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission “to produce an authentic celebration of Tulsa’s German Heritage that will benefit and enhance Tulsa and its River Parks System.” Proceeds from Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa benefit River Parks Authority.