Wunderbar! Kitchener gets ready to celebrate its German heritage
Kitchener Join members of Kitchener City Council tomorrow Friday, Oct. 7 to celebrate the official opening ceremonies of the 49th Oktoberfest at Kitchener City Hall, Carl Zehr Square, starting off with Grillefest and the official opening ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Council and city staff serve up a delicious, traditional Oktoberfest sausage, a cookie and a cold drink for only $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Non-perishable and canned goods are also welcome.
The square will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands at 11:15 a.m., announcing the official opening of the annual Bavarian festival, which runs Oct. 7-15. Also, Kitchener Willkommen Platz will be located in the square throughout the nine-day festival, featuring daily entertainment, displays and activities, food and beverages, as well as official souvenirs and visitor information.
Oktoberfest Haus festhalle has moved two blocks down the street to the Kitchener Market at 300 King Street East, near the corner of King and Cedar street. Learn to “cook like Oma” with Chef D in the Kitchener Marketplace on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. to noon. Also, there will be traditional German dancers and music, and appearances from some of your favorite Oktoberfest mascots! Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Waterloo Region Food Bank for the upcoming holiday season.
The Oktoberfest Haus festhalle will be open on Oct. 7-9 (free family day on Oct. 9), Oct. 14-15. View a schedule and purchase tickets at www.oktoberfest.ca. The International Food Court will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11-13.
The Thanksgiving parade is on Monday, Oct. 10. It will follow the same route as last year, starting at Kitchener Market at King and Cedar streets at 8:45 a.m. Thousands of people line the parade route each year to see the floats, bands and special entries that are part of this annual event.
The parade will turn right onto Victoria Street and left onto Weber Street, taking Weber all the way to Bridgeport Road in Waterloo.