Frequently asked questions

Why is Oktoberfest such a great festival?


Because it's an ongoing celebration of the best wedding reception ever! The first Oktoberfest was held in October 1810 in Munich, Germany, in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese. The celebration lasted a full week. Over several years, the festival expanded to several weeks. Because Bavaria tends to get chilly in October, the festival was moved forward into September. To this day, Bavaria’s three week Oktoberfest begins in September and ends the first Sunday in October.




Where do I sign up for The Beer Holding Contest?


At the bar of whichever tent is holding the contest. Check the daily schedule for twhat is happening at the Main Tent and Biergarten.




Where do I park for Oktoberfest?


There is public parking along Water Street, and Caterpillar has generously allowed us to use their parking lot at the corner of Hamilton & Water.




How do I order tickets in advance?


Simply go to the Tickets & Info page and follow the instructions. You will need a credit or debit card to order, and you will receive an emai with your ticket bar codes.




How can my company become a sponsor of Oktoberfest Peoria?


Sponsorships are limited and awarded on a first-come, first serve basis.




What kid's actities are available?


We will have face painting, a bouncy slide, goats to feed and pet, outdoor games and crafts. Times are noon to 5pm Saturday, ad 11:40am to 4pm on Sunday.





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Peoria Oktoberfest 2020 is proudly presented by the German-American Central Society and the Peoria Park District.

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