By: Value News | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2021
Photos courtesy Tulsa Oktoberfest, Inc.
Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa is consistently rated as one of America’s Top Oktoberfests by USA Today and Condé Nast Traveler
Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa is bringing authentic Bavarian food, culture and entertainment to Tulsa’s River West Festival Park for its 42nd year, October 21-24, 2021.
Tickets are on sale now at www.tulsaoktoberfest.org.
Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa is consistently rated as one of America’s Top Oktoberfests by USA Today and Condé Nast Traveler, and recognized as a Top 5 Authentic U.S. Oktoberfest by USA Today.
“We’re eager to bring back one of the best Oktoberfests in America complete with an impressive schedule of events,” said Tulsa Oktoberfest Board Chair, Scott Mitchell. “We have all the Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa classics coming back and will also be introducing three new ticketed events, Ein Prost in die Zukunft (A Toast to the Future), Ein Abend mit Freunden und Familie (Friends and Family Night) and Frühstück auf dem Oktoberfest (Breakfast at Oktoberfest). You’ll find a little bit of everything at the Linde Oktoberfest including non-stop music, singing and dancing, a seemingly endless supply of beer, and good vibes for everyone all around.”
Title Sponsor Linde generously supports this iconic, Oklahoma celebration featuring bands and entertainers from across the U.S. and Germany, classic German and European foods, carnival rides, children’s entertainment and activities, an arts and crafts market, German-themed games, activities and contests, live music and dancing, and over 80 varieties of beer (bier).
New elements to this year’s celebration include:
Shuttle routes, “Schnelle Fahrt” (Fast Ride), will provide upgraded service to the front gate of Oktoberfest from new parking areas along Boston Ave. from 8th Street to 12th Street and locations throughout Tulsa including Downtown hotels, the Blue Dome District, OSU Greenwood Campus, Lewis Ave. near 81st Street, and Yale Ave. near I-44. PLEASE NOTE: Parking is no longer available at the Festival Grounds due to new development in the area. For updated shuttle and parking information, please visit tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/festival-guide/shuttles-and-parking/
Shared Ride services will be accommodated on Jackson Ave. (enter on 17th Street at Southwest Blvd.)
Oktoberfest is now cashless, with all credit cards and phone payment apps accepted. Reverse ATMs will be available to exchange cash for Visa cards, accepted anywhere Visa is accepted including all festival locations.
All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available at the festival site.
Admission Ticket packages are available to meet every budget, including admission to the FC Tulsa VIP Terrasse, Autobahn and Schnelle Packs which include admission, a MassKrug, and more! Ticket packages can be purchased at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/purchase-your-ticket/
Enjoy new private, ticketed events including:
Ein Prost in die Zukunft! (A Toast to the Future!) – This private, ticketed event will be held in Der BierGarten on Tuesday, October 19 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets are limited to 1,000 guests that will be seated at 100 beautifully decorated tables (10 people per table). Private tables will be set with an authentic Wurstbrett (charcuterie board), and servers will refill your MassKrugs and bring a delicious dinner of either roasted chicken or German sausages and all the trimmings. Reservations are available at tulsaoktoberfest.saffire.com/p/features/ein-prost-in-die-zukunft
Ein Abend mit Freunden und Familie (Friends and Family Night) For the first time outside of Corporate Night, guests will have the opportunity to reserve tables for Friends and Family on Thursday, October 21 from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. to celebrate the Tapping of the Keg, the Parade of Brewers and spectacular fireworks over the Arkansas River. A limited number of tables are set aside in each zelt (tent), and each table reservation includes a commemorative MassKrug and a first fill for your guests. Tickets are $350 per table for the complete package for ten people. Reservations are available at tulsaoktoberfest.saffire.com/p/features/thursday
Frühstück auf dem Oktoberfest (Breakfast at Oktoberfest) – Bring the entire family for this special breakfast in the expanded Paulaner Bier Stube that will feature our own authentic German Blaskapelle, German Dancers and performances by Das ist Lustig on Sunday, October 24 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. Reserved tables of 10 includes admission for the full day of activities, a complete German breakfast and beverage of your choice ($400). Single tickets available for $40. Reserve your tickets at tulsaoktoberfest.saffire.com/p/features/sunday.
Corporate Night “Gemütlichkeit!”: Nearly 500 Tulsa area businesses support this sell-out event each year which 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.” Gemütlichkeit will be Wednesday, October 20 from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Tables are available for reservation at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/purchase-your-ticket/corpnightportal-copy/
Opening Ceremonies and Parade: Join us Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. for the Opening Ceremonies and Parade, and O’Zapft (It’s Tapped!), where sponsors, City of Tulsa BurgerMeister (Mayor), board members and volunteers tap the ceremonial keg, officially opening the 2021 fest, followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Music: Grammy-nominated accordionist Alex Meixner will be performing throughout the festival. Das ist Lustig returns for German Gemütlichkeit and Chardon Polka Band will, of course, Polka On! A full lineup of German bands and entertainment can be viewed at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/experience/
Das Glockenspiel: Costumed dancers, musicians, and comedians perform every hour on the hour with lively skits, prosting, and songs at Das Glockenspiel. Giveaways and promotional items are tossed to spectators and specialty beverages will also be available at Das Glockenspiel.
Jugendzelt: Daily entertainment, crafts, games, a castle maze and entertainment are featured at Jugendzelt, presented by Pedistat. Hands-on activities and crafts include sand art, perler beads, the Lego fun zone, ring toss, sandbag toss and more. More information on Jugendzelt can be found at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-%202/experience/das-kinderplatz/
Bavarian Cup (Bayerische Tasse) Team Challenge: Teams of 8 people (minimum 4 women) will compete for the Goldenes Fass (Golden Barrel) Award on Saturday, October 23 in four intense games: the legendary Bier Barrel Race, the MassKrug Relay, the Strong Stein Hoist, and the Das Tauziehen (Tug o’War).
Team registration is $40 and includes admission for all members of each team (up to 8). Only 20 spots are available for teams interested in competing in the Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa Bavarian Cup. All participants must be 21 years of age or older to compete. More information on the Tulsa Bavarian Cup and team signup can be found at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/experience/games-%20and-competitions/
Dachshund Dash: The wiener dog race always draws an energetic crowd and dozens of four-legged competitors. There is more than $650 in prize money up for grabs. Entry fees are $10 per pup (which includes admission). Activities are set to begin on Sunday, October 24 at 2 p.m. in the Karbach Games and Competitions Arena. Pre-registration is required. More information about the Dachshund Dash presented by Woodland West Animal Hospital and Pet Resort and a link to registration can be found at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/experience/games-and-competitions/
Lederhosen Lauf 5k Race: The Lederhosen Lauf is scheduled for Thursday, October 21 at 7:20 p.m. This approximately three-mile race begins and ends at River West Festival Park in the Oktoberfest Games Arena, taking participants along River Parks trails. All finishers will receive a commemorative KleinKrug (small stein) along with one free 16-ounce beverage voucher. Prizes will be offered for the best costume, so authentic Bavarian apparel is encouraged. More information about the Lederhosen Lauf and a registration link can be found at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/experience/games-and-competitions/
Food: Der Restaurant am Himmel (Restaurant in the Sky) overlooks Der Biergarten stage and dance floor. The up-scale, delicious, three-course Bavarian meal is prepared by Rave Review Catering’s German chef. Dinner seating is available for Thursday at 6:30 pm, Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm (first seating) and Saturday at 8:30 pm (second seating).
Other food options include:
Siegi’s signature brats will be served throughout the venue in all zelts
German-American Society of Tulsa (GAST) will be offering their delectable potato pancakes and German-style potato salad
Check out savory and sweet strudel at Helmut’s on the Hauptstrasse
Schnitzel will be served by a number of vendors, including the Black Forest Cafe, F&J Concessions, Schnitzel and Giggles, and more!
Kücken Hutte will be back serving their crowd-favorite delicious roasted chicken sandwiches.
A complete list of food vendors and information can be found at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/experience/food/
Arts and Crafts: Authentic German Dirndl’s and Lederhosen Trachten (Costumes), Bavarian and chicken hats, authentic ceramic beer steins and official Linde Oktoberfest merchandise can be found throughout the festival grounds and also at the Markthaus Arts and Crafts zelt. A list of confirmed vendors for the Markthaus Arts and Crafts zelt can be viewed at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/experience/arts-crafts-vendors/
Beer: More than 80 bier brands will be served in the festival’s popular collectible steins from over 300 taps. The German MassKrug is a one-litre (33.8 ounce) stein designed to closely resemble those found in Bavarian bier gardens and bier halls and a staple of the Munich Oktoberfest. A smaller 16-ounce stein, the KleinKrug, will also be available for purchase. Each tent will have a different array of biers, so guests will have a unique experience no matter where they choose to enjoy the festival.
Among the 90 bier brands represented at Tulsa Oktoberfest include:
Karbach Brewing Company
Sam Adams and Boston Beer Company
Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr and COOP
Dead Armadillo Brewing Company
Marshall Brewing Company
Local craft biers
Domestic brands including Coors, Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light, Ultra, Miller and Miller Light
Ciders including Black Apple Hibiscus and Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Beverages are available from the following new zelts (tents):
Sam Adams Rathskeller tent featuring Oktoberfest Brews from Boston Beer Company
New Alles Apfelwein Zelt (Everything Cider!), featuring gluten free beers and ciders
New Das Lokal Zelt presented by Dead Armadillo Brewing Company
A complete list of beers and descriptions can be found at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/experience/zelts-and-bier/
Admission: Gates open Thursday at 4 p.m, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday at noon. General admission tickets are $10 in advance only, with children 12 and under admitted free. “Zeeco Friday Family Free Day” offers free gate admission on October 22 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Credit cards will be accepted at all points of sale throughout the festival venue. No cash will be accepted. Cash may be converted to Visa cards at specially marked Reverse ATM machines. Arts and Crafts vendors will accept credit cards and cash. Festival hours and ticketing information can be viewed at tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/festival-guide/
For a complete list of FAQs, please visit tulsaoktoberfest.org/home-2/festival-guide/golden-rules/
For more information, contact: Jenna Black at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 or call (620) 952-2944.
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