Want to participate in a traditional German rite of passage right here in Delaware? Celebrate Oktoberfest—an annual fall festival featuring food, music and lots of beer—all month long.
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest
49 Salem Church Road, Newark
Friday, Sept. 15, 5–11 p.m.; Saturday, noon–11 p.m.; Sunday, noon–6 p.m.
German food and beer tend to be the main attractions at this increasingly popular event, but fans also love the opening parade featuring the Muenchner Kindl (Munich Child), as well as the continuous musical entertainment that features a Bavarian dance group. Enjoy German food specialties such as grilled bratwurst and weisswurst, frankfurters, BBQ chicken, pretzels and rollmops. The event also features imported gifts and souvenirs, Bavarian specialty clothes and amusement rides. Unlimited amusement rides are included in the $8 admission price; however, Midway games set up by the amusement company do cost extra.
Find more information at www.delawaresaengerbund.org.
St. John’s 27th Annual Oktoberfest and Craft Show
506 Seabury Ave., Milford
Friday, Sept. 22, 6–10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Head to St. John the Apostle in Milford, where the Funsters will kick off the two-day event on Friday, Sept. 22, with a performance. New this year is a 5K Run/Walk beginning at 6 p.m., with a Healthy Kids Run (for ages 10 and under) starting at 5:55 p.m. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and costs $25. Both races begin on School Place in front of the church. Free beer will be available to adult participants at the end of the race, donated by Mispillion River Brewing and NKS Distributors.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with arts and crafts booths, helicopter rides, a dessert booth with over 100 items, and nonstop entertainment. Children’s games will include inflatables and a petting zoo. Adults can play corn hole, jumbo Jenga, ladder ball and bocce ball. All games are free of charge.
For more information on the entertainment lineup and to register for the 5K, call 422-5123 or email Lance Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loockerman St., Dover
Experience a lively festival on the streets of downtown Dover, as local restaurants, pubs and vendors offer street food, spirits, brews, ciders, teas and wines. There will be live performances by local bands, as well as food trucks and local artisans selling crafts. Loockerman Street will be closed between State Street and Governors Avenue to allow participants to roam the downtown retail district.
The event is free, but drink tickets and unlimited pour passports are available for purchase via Eventbrite.
Lewes Canalfront Park
Enjoy music from The Happy Wanderers and watch the Bairisch und Steierisch German dancers perform. Sam Calagione of Dogfish Craft Brewery is even brewing a special beer for the event.
Purchase $10 tickets (children ages 16 and under are free) at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, or at www.LewesCanalFrontPark.org.