Palatine Oktoberfest September 20-22, 2013
Oktoberfest starts today! Opening ceremonies at 5:00PM! Big heated tent plus outdoor space! View the Oktoberfest Poster
Attendance is free! Live entertainment includes four bands doing five sets plus Family Day entertainment Saturday noon till 3:30. We have great German food, beer, and German and domestic wine. It's right across from the Palatine Metra train station, so it's easily accessible by public transportation with lots of free municipal parking nearby!
Oktoberfest is an event where neighbors, families, communitiy leaders, visitors, sponsors and donors get together to enjoy fellowship, good food, good beer, good music, and other entertainment. It is a family-friendly event, with Family Day children's activities on Saturday. We raffle baskets of goods worth at least $500 each, with many worth much more. Even if you can't visit Oktoberfest, you can still be a winner!
Oktoberfest is the principal fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Palatine. In 2012, we raised funds that allowed us to support local charities and nonprofits with a total of $40,000. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, or to make an online donation using a credit card, bank account, or Paypal account, please click here.
Bands & Entertainment
Phenix German Band with a modern flair.
Die Musikmeisters German Band plays a rousing blend of traditional German music for Oktoberfest or German themed events. Their extensive musical repertoire includes a variety of traditional German vocal and instrumental favorites, as well as Polish and American favorites. The band dresses in authentic German lederhosen. Website.
Jimmy's Bavarians range throughout the spectrum from the old "oompah" favorites to many of the newest stimmung medleys brought over directly from Munich. Some songs are originals, both in English and in German. Vocalists and instrumentalists are always featured. Website.
The Johnny Wagner Band is a household name in many German speaking communities in the country, specializing in traditional Bavarian, Austrian, and Slovenian styles of Polka Music, and equally versatile to play Rock & Roll, Country, Jazz, and Swing authentically. Website.
Opening Ceremonies: At 5:00 on Friday evening, Oktoberfest begins with a short parade and the tapping of a ceremonial keg on the main stage, performed by local dignitaries, and the blessings of a priest.
Family Day: Saturday September 21. The Rotary Club Of Palatine Oktoberfest features a time set aside for families to enjoy the festive spirit of this classic German cultural fest.Family Day is always held on Oktoberfest Saturdays beginning at 12 noon and lasting until about 3:30 p.m. In addition to all the food and beverage tents open to all families, special children’s programming is offered. A highlight each year are musical and/or dance performances featuring local school groups or Palatine-based youth art organizations. This year, we will feature at 1 p.m. Palatine OnStage presenting a medley of musical theatre; at 2 p.m. the award-winning Quest Academy Choir, and at 3 p.m. the highly entertaining Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance.Other child-friendly activities include face-painting, arts and crafts tables, and educational activities such as beginner’s German lessons.
- Noon - 3:30PM Infants through 5-year-old Music-Making Station. Metropolis Performing Arts Center teachers with handheld instruments will facilitate singing with instruments for the youngest children
- Noon - 3:30 Positive Strokes offers face painting/arts&crafts
- Noon - 12:30 Scarecrows On Parade
- 1:00 - 2:00 Palatine OnStage musical theatre medley
- 2:00 - 3:00 Quest Academy's award-winning Choir
- 3:00 - 4:00 Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance
- Around 2:00 - Palatine Police Department Introduction to K-9 dog and K-9 program
- 3:30PM Children's Raffle Basket Drawing (all children will receive a free ticket)
- And the Great Sobotka Magic Show
Scarecrows On Parade: Sponsored by the Village of Palatine, scarecrows will be delivered at the Fireman's Memorial between 12:00 and 12:30 Saturday. Judging will start at noon, with an awards ceremony at 12:30 PM. Full details and photos at the village website.
German Plate (brat, Sauerkraut, German potato salad, rye bread) ~ Brat Sandwich with Sauerkraut ~ Brat Sandwich without Sauerkraut ~ Hot Dog ~ Leberkaise Sandwich ~ Pretzel ~ Strudel ~ Fried Cheese Curds
Full Pig platter ~ Pig Taster Platter ~ BBQ Beef or Pork sandwich ~ Hamburger/Cheeseburger ~ BBQ Half Slab Ribs ~ Italian or New Mexico Sausage ~ Blue Cheese/ Bacon Burgers ~ Cheddar and Onion Burgers ~ Smoked Cheddarwurst
Cheese Pizza Slice ~ Sausage Pizza Slice ~ Specialty Pizza Slice
Sprinkle Caramel Apple ~ Granny Smith Caramel Apple ~ Red Delicious Caramel Apple ~ Bags of Pretzel Twists ~ GLOP (Peanuts & Caramel)
The Mudslinger ~ Shaved Ice ~ Ghirardelli Frappe ~ Café Latte ~ Bagel w/Cream Cheese ~ Café Mocha ~ Bagel Sandwich ~ Cappuccino ~ Café Americano ~ Coffee ~ Flavor shots ~ Hot Chocolate ~ Chai Tea ~ Smoothies