Oktoberfest returns to the Hansen Arts Park on Saturday, Sept. 18. Featuring German food, games and live music, the event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Blue Wailers from Fargo will perform rock ‘n’ roll and blues, said Mindi Schmitz, executive director of The Arts Center.
“We’ll have good old German polka music, too,” she said. That will be recorded music.
The Arts Center, which works to bring culture to the community, has held the event for a number of years, Schmitz said.
“This is a legitimate culture experience that we can provide,” she said. “There’s Oktoberfest in Germany that runs from the middle of September to October and we’re trying to replicate it as well as we can in the middle of this German ethnic central North Dakota.”
Oktoberfest wasn’t held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We do want to encourage people to follow the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, take your own personal responsibility,” Schmitz said. “If you don’t feel safe coming, don’t come.”
Oktoberfest is for people ages 21 and older. The committee working on the event has worked with the region’s vendors to provide an authentic Oktoberfest experience for Jamestown.
“We’ll have bratwurst, sauerkraut, German mustards,” Schmitz said. Cider, root beer and water will also be available along with Cavendish french fries. As well as live music, there will also be hammerschlagen games.
Tickets are $35 per person and are available at The Arts Center, www.jamestownarts.com, Arts Center board members or at the gate. People are encouraged to purchase tickets before the event.