City of Kitchener


Welcome to the home of Canada's Great Bavarian Festival!

Downtown Kitchener Oktoberfest  Experience

Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 19

Downtown Kitchener

King Street (from Water St. - Cedar St.)

They say AWESOME HAPPENS HERE and we are pretty sure it does! Bring the whole family to enjoy the Downtown Kitchener’s Oktoberfest Experience from October 11th -19th which includes: Opening Ceremonies, Strongman Competitions, Comedy Idol, Cooking Classes, Art Markets, BBQ’s and so much more.

Admission: FREE, unless otherwise noted

For addition information please contact the Downtown Kitchener BIA at 519-744-4921 or visit our website

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Oktoberfest Comedy Idol

Qualifying Rounds October 7-10

Yuk Yuks Kitchener, 1 King St. West, Downtown Kitchener

Amateurs and Professionals compete for Comedy Cash!  Reservations 519-893-5233

Kitchener Council’s Grillefest

Kitchener City Hall, Civic Square – 200 King Street West

October 11th, 2013  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join members of Kitchener City Council as they celebrate the official opening ceremonies of Oktoberfest. Council and city staff will serve you a delicious, traditional Oktoberfest sausage and cold drink for only $3.50. This year, Piller's Fine Foods will generously donate the sausages and BBQs along with a few of their finest grillemasters. All proceeds from this event will be donated to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Fall Art Market

Friday and Saturday  October 11-12  1:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday October 13 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

King Street – Between Queen and Frederick

Come join us on King Street for a special fall art market with music, dance and appearances by special guest!

6th Annual Bavarian Strongman Challenge

Saturday, October 12; Noon to 5 p.m.

King Street – Downtown Kitchener

Come see amazing feat of strength at the 6th Annual Bavarian Strongman Challenge. Each challenge of strength tests the dynamic and static force of each competing athlete truly testing their endurance. The day’s events will be action packed with additional Oktoberfest attractions. Who will be the 2013 Bavarian Strongman? Get downtown and enjoy this free family friendly event!

 Kitchener Market  - Cook Like Oma

Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m.

300 King Street E,  Kitchener Market

Join us in the marketplace kitchen for German cooking for the whole family!

Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, Monday October 14, 8:30 a.m.

Bands from across North America, spectacular floats and more are featured in Canada's largest Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade travels almost 5km, entertaining a crowd of over 150,000 cheering spectators and is enjoyed nationally on the CTV Network by over two million viewers. A highlight is the Parade's Grand Marshall whose identity remains a top secret until just prior to the start of the Festival.

Oktoberfest Car Show

Saturday, October 19 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

King Street, Downtown Kitchener

The 16th Annual Oktoberfest Car Show will wrap-up the final day of the festival with a bang, as amazing cars fill Kitchener's downtown core.We are anticipating a stunning group of classic cars, all makes and models. Come check out these beautiful rides, in the parking lot off Goudies Lane (across the road from Market Square & King Street, between Queen & Frederick St.) Just follow the signs. Note to exhibitors, the entrance for the Car Show is located just off Scott Street. For more information, please call 519.570.4267.

Altes Muenchen Haus - Queensmount Arena

1260 Queen's Blvd. Kitchener, ON

During the festival, Queensmount Arena in Kitchener is transformed into Altes Muenchen Haus - a hotspot of German hospitality! Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek makes Altes Muenchen Haus his home during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and he keeps the celebration lively!

Visit Altes Muenchen Haus and support the Kitchener Lions Club.

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Karlsberghaus - The Aud (Kiwanis Arena)

400 East Avenue Kitchener, ON

Welcome to the award-winning Karlsberghaus Festhalle! Six-time winner of Best Large Festhallen and five-time winner of Best Large Band. The award winning band the Saxons keep the festivities lively in a great Bavarian atmosphere.
With mouth-watering food, fun souvenirs and amazing music, up to 2,000 people of all ages enjoy the spirit of Gmuetlichkeit!

The hall is operated by the Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities & all proceeds support Community Service Projects.

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The History of Oktoberfest:

In celebration of our area's strong German roots, since 1969 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has developed its own traditions - becoming the largest Bavarian festival in North America with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada.

Thousands of visitors celebrate annually in our Festhallen, and by attending one or more of our 40 family and cultural events.

Through the celebration of this Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit, the local economy is stimulated and more than 70 charities and not-for-profit organizations raise funds to support the high quality of life enjoyed in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Willkommen to you, your family and friends!

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