The 51st annual Oktoberfest festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 11 at 70 King Street East (King and Frederick Street). Opening ceremonies for North America’s largest Bavarian festival will begin at 11 a.m, followed by Grillefest. Enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest sausage, a cookie and a cold drink for only $5, served to you by city council and staff. All proceeds from Grillefest will be donated to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Non-perishable food items and canned goods are appreciated.
With music, dancing and countless cultural events, the nine-day festival will run from Oct. 11-19. Visit Kitchener Willkommen Platz, located in Downtown Kitchener, in the Crabby Joe’s parking lot to enjoy daily entertainment, displays and activities, food and beverages, as well as official souvenirs and visitor information.
Immerse yourself in German culture and cuisine by attending the Kitchener Market’s Cook Like Oma event on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Traditional German dancing and music, as well as appearances from some of your favourite Oktoberfest mascots will cap off this free event. Donations of non-perishable food items in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region are encouraged.
The Food Hall at the Kitchener Market will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15-18.
The annual Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Monday, Oct. 14, beginning at Weber and Frederick Streets at 8:30 a.m. See the vibrant and creative floats, bands and special entries as they follow Weber Street to Bridgeport Road in Waterloo.
A number of city facilities will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14 for Thanksgiving. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. The building itself will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as it does on all holidays and weekends.
The Kitchener Market Food Hall will be closed as usual on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14. The Food Hall will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m.
KITCHENER PUBLIC LIBRARY
All Kitchener Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14. All KPL branches will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to resume their regular hours, with the exception of the Pioneer Park Community Library. The Pioneer Park branch will remain closed until Monday, Oct. 21 due to ongoing construction at the adjacent community centre.
All pool facilities will be closed Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14, although, the building at Breithaupt Centre Pool and Lyle Hallman Pool will be open on Sunday and Monday for advanced polls.
Visit www.kitchener.ca/communitycentres to learn more about centre hours of operation over the holiday weekend. All community centres will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14 for Thanksgiving.
THE AUD and ARENAS
On Monday, Oct. 14, the Activa Sportsplex will open at 7 a.m., which includes the Lyle S. Hallman walking track. All other community arenas will be open for scheduled rentals. The Aud will be open for the Kitchener Rangers game at 2 p.m. and The Activa Box Office at The Aud will open at noon.
BUDD PARK INDOOR FACILITY
Budd Park indoor facility will be closed on Monday.
King Street will be closed from Water Street to Frederick Street from Oct. 9 at 7 a.m., until Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. During this time, cross traffic will remain open to EMS at Queen and Ontario Streets. Frederick Street southbound, from Duke Street to King Street will be closed beginning Oct. 11 at 7 a.m., until Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade will result in street closures on Weber Street at Frederick Street, ending at Bridgeport Road in Waterloo. There will be an additional road closure on Frederick Street, from Duke Street to Edna Street for float staging prior to the start of the parade.