I have a very vivid memory of going to Frankenmuth for the first time with my family. I was 10-years-old. I remember my dad attempting to throw me over the little bridge downtown. At the time the bridge seemed huge to me, I was a kid. He was of course just joking, but I was traumatized.

That is not the kicker - we were there because my dad had recently found out he had a 13-year-old son. Yep. Patrick, my brother lived in Germany for a while so what better place to take him on his first visit to meet his new family than to Frankenmuth? I guess that is a story for another day. Let's talk Oktoberfest now.

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The 31st Annual Frankenmuth Oktoberfest happens this month at Heritage Park. The fun filled event features German food, German beers, German bands and even wiener dog races. What's not to love?

Oktoberfest dates and hours

  • Thursday, September 16th - 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday, September 17th - Noon to Midnight
  • Saturday, September 18th - Noon to Midnight
  • Sunday, September 19th - Noon to 6:00 PM

Ticket price

Entry is only $10 per person and Sunday is free.

Featured Bands

Holy German Chocolate Cake the live music is does not stop at Oktoberfest. I love it!  Musical and acts and performance times including the wiener dog race are as follows,

 THURSDAY 

  • Aaron Dussing 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 4:00 PM  - 5:00 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Opening Ceremony 7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 8:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 8:45 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday

  • Aaron Dussing 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Fred   Ziwich 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Enzian 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Fred Ziwich 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Enzian 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Fred Ziwich 9:00 PM - 9:45 PM
  • Enzian 9:45 PM - 10:30 PM
  •  Fred Ziwich 10:30 PM - 11:15 PM
  • Enzian 11:15 PM - Midnight

Saturday

  • Weiner  Dog Race 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Fred Ziwich 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Enzian 2:00 PM - 3:00   PM
  • Fred Ziwich 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Enzian 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Fred Ziwich 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Enzian 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Sorgenbrecher 11:00 PM - MIdnight

Sunday

  • Aaron Dussing 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
  • Aaron Dussing 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Damn, Aaron Dussing is going to be playing his butt off all weekend - go Aaron!

Let's talk drinks and prices

HOF BRAU 

16oz Galss $5.00
48oz Pitcher Refill $12.00
48oz w/Pitcher $14.00

Labatt Blue Light

16oz Galss $4.00
48oz Pitcher Refill $10.00
48oz w/Pitcher $12.00

Malt Beverages, Wine
Smirnoff $4.00
Raspberry

Wine & Whiskey

Jack Daniels $4.00
Downhome Punch, Lynchburg Lemonade
​COPA DI VINO  $4
Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot

You will not go hungry

  • Pulled Pork  $8.00
  • ​Kern's Bratwurst w/Kraut $6.00
  • Italian Sausage w/Peppers & Onions $6.00
  • Currywurst $6.00
  • Pub Burger w/Cheese $7.00
  • Frankfurter $5.00
  • Frankfurter either w/Chili or Cheese $5.50
  • Corn Dog $5.00
  • Chili $5.00
  • French Fries $5.00
  • Chili Cheese Fries $6.00
  • Chicken Tender $6.00
  • 1/4 Pepperoni Pizza $5.00
  • Whole 12" Pepperoni Pizza $15.00
  • Cheesy Bread Slice $4.00
  • Whole 12" Cheesy Bread $15.00
  • Cheese Nachos $5.00
  • Chili Cheese Nachos $6.00
  • Jalapeno Poppers $5.00
  • Onion Rings $5.00
  • Haus Chips $3.00
  • Dill Pickle $2.00
  • Landjaeger (Kern's Hunter Sausage) $3.00
  • German Cold Plate $8.00
  • Pretzels $4.00
  • Pretzels with cheese $4.50
  • Veggies & Dip $5.00
  • Popcorn $3.00
  • Iced Tea $3.00
  • ​Ice Cream $4.00
  • Coffee $2.00

As you can see the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest has it all. You could even make this annual event a tradition for your family, just don't attempt to throw your kid over the bridge.

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