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BATAVIA MAIN STREET OKTOBERFEST
The Oktoberfest season begins in full swing with the annual Batavia Main Street Oktoberfest on September 27- 29 on North River Street in downtown Batavia. This traditional Oktoberfest celebration features hearty authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer. What can you expect to see and do during this fun-filled weekend? Eachday offers a spicy variety of family fun, including a Brat Trot 5K on Saturday morning. There will be an official Sam Adams men’s and women’s stein hoisting contest with qualifying on Friday night and contest finals on Saturday night. Other stage events include the chicken dance, yodeling, and other fun contests. Local dance academies will entertain the crowds. And who doesn’t tap their toes to lively Oktoberfest-style music? Enjoy the sounds of the unique Freeze Dried Band, Jimmy’s Bavarians, The Johnny Wagner Band and the Sgt. Sauerkraut Polka Band. Oompah!
Sunday is family fun day at the Batavia Oktoberfest and it is filled with a myriad of kid-friendly activities including wiener races, free pony rides, face painting and other tent activities. Don’t miss a thing. See the entire weekend schedule at downtownbatavia.com/oktoberfest/
MARMION OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION
The Oktoberfest season continues on a roll with Marmion Academy’s annual Marmion Oktoberfest Celebration on September 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. The Marmion campus is located just outside the Battaglia Center at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. This popular tradition attracts an anticipated 400 guests, some of which are dressed in lederhosen to capture the mood. Anticipate the delights of Bavarian food and authentic beer, too.
A highlight of the evening is the illuminated silent auction, where competition is friendly but plentiful, as guest vie for trips, unique experiences, and appetizing food and beverage packages. While the action mounts, guests are entertained by a live and energetic performance of the Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos team who thrives on engaging the crowd.
The evening is pure fun and guests support the Marmion’s Guardian Angel Fund, which provides student financial aid. Last year the celebration raised nearly $25,000 for Marmion Academy, a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory school for young men founded in 1933. Find out more about this popular Oktoberfest at 630-897-6936.