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Galvestons 35th Annual Octoberfest
Kicks off Friday October 21st at 5:00 PM . This fun, family festival weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and libations, Cake Wheel, fine arts, crafts and gifts; an exciting auction, exciting family and children's activities and much more. Oktoberfest will be held on the grounds of and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie - in historic downtown Galveston. Admission is free. German costumes encouraged.
Island Oktoberfest, hosted by First Evangelical Lutheran Church and co-sponsored by Del Papa Distributing Company, will open Friday evening with themed-Biergarten venues-featuring a variety of both German and domestic brews and a variety of German-style wines from nearby Haak Vineyards.
New entertainment this year includes popular Austin musician, Chris Rybak, performing for the first time at Oktoberfest. Set to take the Music Stage during the day on Saturday, festival goers can look forward to great dancing (and listening) music - ranging from Polkas to the Two-Step. Known as the "Accordion Cowboy", you won't want to miss the great sounds of honky-tonk piano, boot-stomping accordion, fiddle medleys and romantic waltzes!
Returning for the fifteenth year- by popular demand - is Midlife Crisis. A huge crowd favorite, Midlife Crisis is comprised of a group of professionals, doctors and attorneys. They will headline Friday evening's entertainment on the Music Stage. Also returning by popular demand, Valina Polka and Das Ist Lustig. Headlining the Family Stage, this group offers a variety of entertainment no one else can match. Valina also serves as MC for the Family Stage throughout the Festival. And returning to the Music Stage Saturday evening is Auf Gehts! Specializing in music of the Alps, Bavaria, Tirol and Rhineland, Germany, get ready for a fun evening filled with alpenhorn, musical hand-saw, accordion, and trumpet. Also new for 2016 are Klaus and Becky. Known as The Fragstein Duo, they will bring a unique blend of German music, Country, and 50s Rock 'n Roll. You won't want to miss this dynamic duo perform Saturday on the Family Stage and listen to Klaus sing in 12 different languages.
Other popular entertainment returning for the 35th annual Island Oktoberfest include Kevin Anthony, The TubaMeisters, Fanfare! The Lutheran Music Academy Children's Choir, Deer Park Folk Dance Group ,Rathkamp German Folk Dancers, and Gemischter Chor Harmonie.
In addition to great music and dancing, there will be superb food and drink including smoked sausage, bratwurst, knockwurst, and "Wurstabendessen"- a sausage dinner comprised of German-style and Polish- style Wurst, with all the traditional German side dishes. This special German Dinner will be available both Friday evening and on Saturday. For a sweet finale, homemade Helmut's strudel (freshly baked on site), will be offered in addition to a variety of tempting home-made desserts - specially prepared by congregation members from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Hand-made pretzels, freshly-popped popcorn, and a variety of soft drinks will also be sold at the festival.
The historic and beautifully-renovated circa 1860 Lyceum will again be open from 5-9pm Friday evening and from 11am-7pm on Saturday with vendors showcasing exceptional hand-crafted arts, crafts, and gift items for those festival goers eager to get a head start on holiday shopping. Because Oktoberfest continues to be one of the vendors' most enjoyable and popular venues, regular attendees can look forward to shopping with their long-time special vendors - each featuring Christmas and other special gift items. As well, shoppers always look forward to knowing that their favorite vendors have returned to showcase their best products.
Island Oktoberfest admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to dress in German costume. No animals will be allowed on the festival grounds. For more information, visit www.galvestonoktoberfest.com , call 409.762.8477, or follow the event on Facebook at Island Oktoberfest. All proceeds benefit programs and outreach for First Lutheran Church in Galveston.
Debora Aguirre of Realty Executives Advantage