Gather in front of the main stage under Crown Center’s majestic terrace tent and the Polka Tent with covered seating for more than 1,000 merrymakers. Sit on benches with friends and family at our large Bierhalle-style tables and enjoy authentic Oktoberfest bier, food, and music. Celebrate, toast, sing, and sway – PROST!
Rain or shine, the music will play, and the bier will pour under the big tents!
Friday, October 1
|Main Stage (South)|
|5:00–6:00 pm||Bavarski Band|
|6:30–7:00 pm||Opening Ceremony|
|7:00–7:30 pm||Bavarski Band|
|7:30–8:00 pm||Best Dressed Bavarian Costume Contest|
|8:00–9:15 pm||Die Schlauberger|
|9:15–9:30 pm||Masskrugstemmen Finals (Male and Female)|
|9:30–11:00 pm||Die Schlauberger|
|Polka Stage (North)|
|7:00–10:00 pm||Polka Brothers|
|5:00–11:00 pm||Free Play Yard Games-Hammerschlagen & Connect 4 ( Level 2)|
|5:00111:00 pm||Free Play Yard Games- Corn Hole ( Level 3)|
|7:30–8:00 pm||Masskrugstemmen Qualifiers-Male & Female (Level 2)|
|Wein/Street Tent(Level 1)|
|4:45–7:30 pm||Festhaus Musikanten|
|7:30–8:30 pm||Wine Presentation and Tasting|
|5:00-8:00 pm||Gordie Davidson and his Music Grinder|
|7:00–9:00 pm||Roaming Magician & Button Box Musician|
|7:30 pm||Schuplattler German Dancers|
Saturday, October 2
|Main Stage (South)|
|11:00 am–2:30 pm||Festhaus Musikanten|
|2:30–3:00 pm||Schuhplattler German Dancers|
|5:00–5:15 pm||Gordie Davidson and his Music Grinder|
|7:00–7:30 pm||Masskrugstemmen Finals (Male and Female)|
|7:30–9:00 pm||Die Schlauberger|
|9:00–9:15 pm||Best Dressed Bavarian Costume Contest|
|9:15–11:00 pm||Die Schlauberger|
|Polka Stage (North)|
|2:00–4:00 pm||Bavarski Band|
|4:00–4:15 pm||Schuhplattler German Dancers|
|4:15-6:00 pm||Bavarski Band|
|6:00–6:15 pm||Schuhplattler German Dancers|
|7:00–11:00 pm||Polka Brothers|
|11:00 am–11:00 pm||Free Play Yard Games-Hammerschlagen & Connect 4 (Level 2)|
|11:00 am–11:00 pm||Free Play Corn Hole (Level 3)|
|3:30 pm||Masskrugstemmen Qualifiers-Male & Female ( Level 2)|
|5:30 pm||Masskrugstemmen Qualifiers-Male & Female ( Level 2)|
|12:00-6:00 pm||Gordie Davidson and his Music Grinder|
|1:00–4:00 pm||Stilt Walker/Juggler|
|1:30 pm||Schuhplattler Dancers|
|4:00-8:00 pm||Oktoberfest Brass Band|
|Wein/Street Tent(Level 1)|
|12:00–1:00 pm||Wine Presentation and Tasting|
|1:00–3:00 pm||Polka on Steroids|
|3:00–4:00 pm||Wine Presentation and Tasting|
|5:00–6:00 pm||Polka on Steroids|
|5:00-6:00 pm||Wine Presentation and Tasting|
|7:00–8:00 pm||Wine Presentation and Tasting|
A seven-piece Alpine Rock powerhouse whose mission is “keeping the traditionalists on their feet and the new generation engaged.” With a stage setup including vocals, guitars, bass, drums, accordions, fiddles and horns, die Schlauberger (German for “know it all”) performs sets blending energetic renditions of German favorites to medleys of American classic rock and pop.
A well-oiled four-piece polka machine boasting a fearless repertoire that includes classic polka favorites, covers of modern pop and rock in polka style, and original polka party songs, spreading the joy of polka, one wild party at a time.
ÜberCool brings together German fest standards and party rock to make every event full of Gemütlichkeit. “Mustang Sally” has been replaced by “Mercedes Heidi,” and their high-energy German standards get the party going. From “Roll out the Barrel” to Rammstein, ÜberCool’s show is entertaining and full of German flavor.
Polka on Steroids
Led by accomplished pianist and accordionist Bram Wijnands, who has crafted a unique entertainment experience for more than 25 years in Kansas City, Polka on Steroids leads audiences through a show of polka and Kansas City-style fun.
What do you get when you mix one of the hottest jazz organists with one of the most versatile drummers around, an opera singer, and NJ’s finest rock & roll singer? A Polka Sensation- BAVARSKI! Of course, these aren’t just any musicians putting on lederhosen and pumping out Roll out the Barrel!! You have not just 1 but 2 grammy nominated musicians on board! They put the ROCK in polka and know how to get the party started.
Festhaus Musikanten brings a unique musical experience to the Kansas City area. We are a wind band dedicated to the performance of German folk music. You can expect to hear authentic polkas, marches, waltzes, schottisches, and landlers including Rosamunde(Beer Barrel Polka), In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus, Liechtensteiner Polka, Schneewalzer and many more. Our music is imported from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia and will certainly make you want to dance, sing along or simply listen to this wonderful music.
Games & Competitions
In the center of the festival, but the Games & Competitions Area will host three classic German-style competitions that are annual favorites, equally fun for the competitors and spectators! Classic lawn games like bag toss and giant-sized Connect 4 and KerPlunk also will be available for festival guests to enjoy.
To participate in the Masskrugstemmen, Pickle Eating Contest, or Best Dressed Bavarian, you must register using this link:
Masskrugstemmen: A test of strength and endurance, Masskrugstemmen is a stein-hoisting competition in which the goal is to outlast your competitors in hoisting a full liter of bier for as long as you can stand. We’ll have men’s and women’s competitions, both of which will follow the rules set forth by the U.S. Stein Holding Association. If you plan to compete, be sure to study up!
Hammerschlagen: German for “hammer strike,” Hammerschlagen is a group game in which participants compete against each other to drive nails into a wooden stump, a skill which requires more finesse than power. A game manager will be on-site to assist with setup, reviewing the rules and keeping the games safe and enjoyable for all.
“Best Dressed Bavarian”
Break out your lederhosen and dirndl and compete in our annual Bavarian-Style “Best-Dressed” competition, with rounds for both men and women. Get creative and do your best to win the crowd!
Kids & Family Activities
FREE family-friendly activities including ring toss, double roller bowler, hula hoop toss, soccer shoot-out inflatable, an extreme race track with giant tricycles and pedal carts, and various arts and crafts activities including pretzel necklace, a coloring station and more!
Local merchandise and apparel, Bavarian-inspired souvenirs, and other goods!
BeerSauce Shop crafts over 100 BBQ Sauces, Hot Sauces, Rubs, Pickles and more for sale in its 4 Missouri based Shops. We’ll be tasting out a selection of 4 sauces, rubs and pickles as well as selling bottles of each. Expect to see our Barrel Aged BBQ Sauce, High Five Hot Pickles and a couple surprises based on ingredient availability. Also available will be shirts and hats relating to Beer & BBQ.
Good Bitter Best
Bitters and cocktail kits handmade in KC. Bitters are like herbs and spices for your drink. We make home bartending easy and affordable!
Our cocktail kits include everything but the booze to make a perfect cocktail at home. Each kit makes 6 cocktails! We will also have bitters and barware for sale.
Handcrafted jewelry and accessories.
Original Light UP Scarf. Light UP Mantel Scarf, Light UP Table Runner, Solar Powered Light UP Garden Flag, Light UP Canine Collar
All our products are rechargeable, and we donate $3 from sale of each to the Best Buddies Jobs Program – working tirelessly to secure employment for the intellectually and developmentally disabled (IDD) community.
Beer Paws was founded for the love of good times with good dogs. We collaborate with Kansas City Bier Company and other craft breweries to make healthy and yummy “beer biscuits” for dogs. We also offer a non-alcoholic doggy beer – a perfect treat for your four-legged drinking buddy!
A potter of many things: coffee mugs, beer steins, flasks as well as bowls and vases
Names & Frames
Research your coat of arms for the origin, meaning and history of your surname and get your coat of arms on a bier mug or a small poster.
- Gordie Davidson and his Music Grinder
- Schuhplattler Verein Blautaler: Kansas City’s German Folk Dance Group
- Oktoberfest Brass: 4 young men with their horns
- Button Box Musician: Chris Beckley
More info coming soon!