By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2011
Oktoberfest celebrates authentic German culture.
As one of Tulsa’s most celebrated festivals, Tulsa Oktoberfest has a long and storied history of providing authentic German food, drink, and fun to generations of Oklahomans. What’s not to like about bratwurst, the Chicken Dance, Wiener Dog races, German beers, Bavarian cheesecake, great music, and thousands of your friends, all together at one place? Tulsa Oktoberfest does more than just provide a fun weekend for its attendees, though; in its 33 year history, Tulsa Oktoberfest has contributed almost $1,000,000 to Tulsa’s River Parks Authority as a part of the Tulsa Oktoberfest mission to improve Tulsa and River Parks.
The 2011 Tulsa Oktoberfest will be held Thursday through Sunday, October 20-23. Admission is $6, payable at the gate via cash or credit card. The festival grounds are located at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. in Tulsa.
Plenty of paid parking (fees may vary) is available near the River West Festival Park at 2100 S. Jackson Ave., or hop aboard an official Oktoberfest shuttle ($4) from two locations: Hilton Southern Hills at 68th & Lewis and at Trade Winds Central near 51st & Harvard.
Food and drink are available all over the Tulsa Oktoberfest grounds. In order to purchase food and beverages, festival-goers will need to purchase Oktoberfest tickets with either cash or credit card at ticket kiosks. A wide variety of vendors means great food choices, ranging from authentic German food to the more typical fair meal.
Tulsa Oktoberfest offers delicious food, tasty beverages, carnival rides and much more for the whole family.
Experience a wide range of entertainment, competitions, arts, crafts, and kid-friendly activities at this year’s Tulsa Oktoberfest! Whether you’re a fan of traditional German music or local Oklahoma bands, Tulsa Oktoberfest has you covered. Like sports? Das Sports Cafe features big-screen TV’s to view current sporting events. McNellie’s Bier Barrel Race entertains participants and audience alike with its relay keg rolling contest. Das Jugendzelt (the “Children’s’ Tent”) has its own entertainment and activities for the kids.
For more information and complete list of entertainment and activities, visit www.tulsaoktoberfest.org.
Wednesday, October 19 - Gemeutlichkeit (Corporate Night)
Pre-festival evening by reservation only from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Thursday, October 20 - Official Opening Ceremonies, including
the inaugural keg tapping. Festival Hours: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday, October 21 - “Free Friday” - Free entrance from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Festival Hours: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 – “McNellie’s Bier Barrel Race” at 1 p.m.
Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 – “Running of the Wieners” Dog Race at 1 p.m.
Festival Hours: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.