Oktoberfest in August

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

There’s never a bad time to have an Oktoberfest, and the Chicagoland Schwaben Verein.  This weekend (Aug. 19-21), the Schwaben Verein will be celebrating their 134th annual end of summer festival with German food & drink, live entertainment, arcade games, a raffle, and more.  With a 800 seat beer tent, they are ready to party rain or shine.

The Schwaben Verein holds this event every year not only to have a good time, but as a fundraiser to help keep their grounds and soccer fields in good condition so that they can continue to teach children the sport of soccer.  Like many organizations in today’s economy, they are in need of support and are hoping to have a successful Oktoberfest that will make it possible to give back to the community for another year.

Event Highlights

This year the Schwaben Verein added another day to the event.  Friday is being treated as a non-traditional German party, which they are marketing as a Classic Rock Night.  Chef Dan and the Appetizers, featuring Eddie V from 104.3 KHITS will be performing, followed by the popular Chicagoland Crisis.

On Saturday and Sunday, author of the book ‘The Wittelsbach Dynasty’, Steven Mueller, will be holding a book signing.  The book chronicles the history of the former royal family of Bavaria, from which the author himself is directly descended.

Times & Location (Aug. 19-21, 2011)

Friday’s activities begin at 6:30pm and go to 12am and admission is free.  Saturday goes from 1pm-12am and Sunday is from 1pm-10pm.  Admission on Saturday & Sunday is $5, but there is a free admission coupon available on the event website.

Oktoberfest in August is being held at the Schwaben Center in Buffalo Grove, IL (301 N. Weiland Road) and parking is free.

For more information, visit their website www.OktoberfestInAugust.com

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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