Zeit zu feiern! Two chances to celebrate Oktoberfest in Rochester
It's that time of year again when we celebrate the heritage and culture of America's largest ethnic group. That's right — there are about 50 million people living in the U.S. who can claim German ancestry. And here in Minnesota, nearly 40 percent of the population can trace their roots back to Deutschland.
So, it only makes sense that there isn't just one, but two big parties scheduled this weekend in Rochester to celebrate Oktoberfest. Here are the details:
Time: Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Place: Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester
A $20 ticket ($17 in advance) includes a traditional Oktoberfest meal from Johnny Mango's, live polka music by Music Meisters and all-you-can-drink beer. The first 1,000 people through the gate will also receive a free 20th anniversary beer stein. All proceeds from the event benefit Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota.
Time: Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.
Place: Historic Third Street
Two of the finest establishments in downtown Rochester, The Half Barrel and The Tap House, are encouraging locals to release their inner German Saturday night. Brats, burgers and beer will be served up all night at this free event. Live music will be provided by two popular local bands: Incognito and JT and the Gunslingers.
If you can't make it to either event, be sure to stop by Grand Rounds next week as it celebrates Oktoberfest by releasing a new beer each day. As for those of you who looking for a bit more spice, make sure to check out Latino Fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cooke Park.