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Fill your Krug: Oktoberfest returns to Canalside

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Schnickelfritzers, landjager and Schuhplattler. If you’re intimately familiar with all three of those terms, then you’re perhaps the most authentic German in Buffalo.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the German American Musicians will host an Oktoberfest at the Erie Canal Harbor Wharf—the site of the Buffalo Place Thursday at the Harbor shows. Tickets in advance are $6, $10 at the door and $60 for a table of eight, and they can be purchased at Lagerhaus 95, Scharf’s Schiller Park Restaurant, Omega Deli in West Seneca, both Chick-N-Pizza Works locations and the Buffalo Brew Pub. You can also call Linda at (716) 912-3922.

As Buffalo Rising’s Newell Nussbaumer passed along from his experience at Oktoberfest last year, this festival is flooded with entertainment from every perspective. For instance, pitchers of German beer run for 13 $1 tickets, 14 oz. individual German beers run for five tickets, and full meals and snacks from Scharf’s and Chick-N-Pizza Works are also available. Check out the full brochure for prices and other options.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

2:00 PM - Gates Open

2:00 PM - Marktplatz Opens

2:00 PM - Food Opens

2:00 PM - Bar Opens

2:00-4:00 PM - music by the Schnickelfritzers

4:30 PM - Keg tapping ceremony featuring a celebrity keg tapper

5:00-10:00 PM - music by the German American Musicians, Buffalo’s Big German Band

5:00-10:00 PM - Bavarian dance demonstrations by Bavarian Schuhplattler Dancers.

9:00 PM - Marktplatz closes

9:30 PM - Food Closes

9:45 PM - Last Call at the Bar

10:15 PM - Parade to after-party at Lagerhaus 95, featuring Jagermeister

Apparently, Oktoberfest keg tapping is a pretty big deal for Germans.

TAGGED: bavarian schuhplattler dancers, canalside, canalside oktoberfest, german american musicians, oktoberfest, schickelfritzers

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