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Oktoberfest in Mainstrasse Village this Weekend

MainStrasse Village’s Oktoberfest, named as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Festivals for September 2014”, and one of Kentucky Travel Industry Association's “Top Ten 2013 Fall Festivals”, invites families and travelers from all over to join with local crowds in enjoying this festival.
 
A great mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts attracts approximately 125,000 people to this popular festival in Covington's historic MainStrasse Village.
 
Celebrate the 36th Annual Oktoberfest with us in the German Biergarten in Goebel Park and enjoy German music all weekend long. The festival extends over 6 city blocks, along the tree lined 6th Street Promenade, Philadelphia Street, Main Street and Goebel Park, creating the perfect backdrop for the variety of appealing foods, drinks and works by over 75 artisans and crafters from all over the country. There will be traditional German food as always and a variety of other festival favorites. 
 
Be sure to visit the Kinderplatz, full of adventures and rides for the little kids and the Amusement Midway for the bigger kids and adults. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can purchase an "All You Can Ride" bracelet for just $15. Bracelets may be purchased from opening until 9 pm on Friday and will be valid until 10 pm Friday only. Saturday and Sunday bracelets may be purchased from opening until 5 pm and will be valid until 6 pm the day of purchase only.
 
And don’t forget the music! In addition to the great German Music in the German Bier Garten in Goebel Park, quality live entertainment by top local performers will spread the festival mood throughout Oktoberfest. Great Pop, Classic Rock, Blues and Country will be featured at the Kentucky Lottery Stage at the Railroad Trestle, the Bank of Kentucky Main Street Stage and the Goose Girl Fountain. Whatever your musical style, you’re sure to enjoy the variety that Oktoberfest offers. 
 
Don't miss the Street Chalk Art Contest on Saturday, October 6. Chalk Art registration form available at www.mainstrasse.org or 859-491-0458.
 
Hours: Friday, 5 - 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. FREE PARKING is available at the IRS parking lot at 4th & Johnson Streets.
 
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:
 
FRIDAY
-Opening ceremony at the Goose Girl Fountain at 6 p.m., with the German American Citizens League. Keg tapping by Covington Mayor Sherry Carran.
-The Klaberheads perform at the German Bier Garten in Goebel Park from 6 - 11 p.m.
-Lunchbox will be on the Bank of Kentucky Main Street Stage from 7 - 10:30 p.m.
-Straw Boss performs on the Kentucky Lottery Stage at the Railroad Trestle from 7 - 11 p.m.
-At the Goose Girl Fountain, you'll see Fest Meisters from 6 - 9 p.m.
 
SATURDAY
-At the German Bier Garten in Goebel Park, look for Alpen Echoes from 1 - 5 p.m., and then Prost! from 7 - 11 p.m.
-On the Bank of Kentucky Main Street Stage, Shotgun Holler performs from 2 - 6 p.m. and Greedy Pritchard takes over from 7 - 10:30 p.m.
-The Kentucky Lottery Stage at the Railroad Trestle features Ricky Nye, Inc from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Know Prisoners from 4:30 - 7 p.m., and Cherry on Top from 8 - 11 p.m.
-The Fest Meisters are back at the Goose Girl Fountain from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
 
SUNDAY
-Alpen Echoes from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Vereins-Musikanten from 5 - 9 p.m. at the German Bier Garten in Goebel Park.
-The Faux Frenchmen take the Kentucky Lottery Stage at the Railroad Trestle from 1 - 4:30 p.m. followed by the Turkeys from 4:30 - 9 p.m.
-On the Bank of Kentucky Main Street Stage, The Sunburners play from 2 - 4:30 p.m. and Floyd & the Walkmen take over from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
-The Fest Meisters keep the party going at the Goose Girl Fountain from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
 
Throughout the festival there will be magic, balloons, and musicians!
 
Photo via Mainstrasse Village Association