Top 10 Things To Do at Oktoberfest 2016

Canada’s greatest Bavarian festival takes place over nine days in Kitchener-Waterloo every October. The civic festival celebrates the German Canadian heritage shared by a large portion of the population. With multiple beer-themed events and activities at venues across the region, it attracts up to 1 million visitors each year. It is the second largest Oktoberfest in world, second only to the original in Germany. The Festival runs from Friday, October 7th through Saturday, October 15th, and there are literally dozens of events to choose from, so we have made it a little easier by listing our picks for the Top 10 Things To Do at Oktoberfest 2016:

1. Opening Ceremonies

Honoured guests and dignitaries, including the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest kick off the nine days of celebration and the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revelers eager to begin the Festival.

Where: Kitchener City Hall – Carl Zehr Square, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON

When: Friday, October 7th, 11:15 a.m.

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2. Oktoberlicious

Explore the outstanding cuisine available in Waterloo Region. All during Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival, participating restaurants will be offering special Oktoberfest menus.

Where: 20 local restaurants

When: Saturday, September 24th to Sunday, October 16th

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3. A Blooming Affair Fashion Show

The annual fashion show celebrates beauty, fashion and style while showcasing the areas’s leading independent retailers.

Where: Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, ON

When: Wednesday, October 5th

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4. Festhallen

Enjoy traditional home-cooked German food and nights filled with ethnic German music and dancing. Festhallen are 19+ with the exception of Family Day programs

Where: various clubs, tents and arenas across the region

When: Friday, October 7th through Saturday, October 15th

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5. 35th Annual Oktoberfest Family Breakfast

Free Aunt Jemima Pancakes and Pillers Sausages cooked up by the students of the Conestoga College Culinary Program (while supplies last), plus entertainment.

Where: Bingemans Kool Haus Tent, 425 Bingeman Centre Drive, Kitchener, ON

When: Saturday, October 8th, 7:30 a.m.

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6. K-W Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

Participate in the 2016 Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run, and raise pledges for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region.

Where: The Thanksgiving Parade route from Kitchener Market at King and Cedar Streets, to Moses Springer Arena at Weber and Bridgeport Rd.

When: Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:00 am.

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7. Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thousands line the streets for this annual Thanksgiving ritual. Watch floats, bands, dancers and characters entertain the masses.

Where: The Thanksgiving Parade route from Kitchener Market at King and Cedar Streets, to Moses Springer Arena at Weber and Bridgeport Rd.

When: Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:45 am.

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8. Oktoberfest Car Show

The annual event promises to be a feast for the eyes for any lover of automobiles. The parking lot of the Inn of Waterloo will be filled with amazing cars.

Where: The Inn of Waterloo Parking Lot, 475 King Street N., Waterloo

When: Sunday, October 15th beginning at 8 a.m.

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9. Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race

The annual relay-style keg race invites adult men’s, ladies’, co-ed and kids’ teams of four to register to participate in the wheelbarrow races for a chance at glory and prizes. Early bird team registration: $35.00; same day registration: $40.00.

Where: Waterloo Public Square, UpTown Waterloo

When: Sunday, October 15th, 11:00 a.m.

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10. Kitchener Oktoberfest Atom International Hockey Tournament

The best teams Boys & Girls Rep teams (ages 9 - 10) in North America provide the highest level of competition. Proceeds from this event will go to Kitchener Minor Hockey. Spectators are free.

Where: Various Kitchener Arenas (e.g. Sportsworld, Activa Auditorium, Grand River)

When: Friday, October 21st to Sunday, October 23rd

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