Celebrate the German culture while having a lot of fun by attending Oktoberfest in Naperville. This year’s celebration will take place Oct. 6–8 under a heated tent, courtesy of the Naper Settlement. There will be live music, German cuisine, beer, and lots of family-friendly activities. Head to the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center to get into the festival and enjoy all the fun.
The festival will be held 5 p.m.–10 p.m. on Friday, and noon–5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Family-friendly activities will be available Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 4–12. The event is free for members.
Parking is available in the Municipal Parking Garage and in the Naper Settlement visitor’s lot.
This is just one of the countless Oktoberfest celebrations going on around the world. Look at these Oktoberfest facts to learn more about the celebration.
It’s Been Around Since 1810
Unless you’re a centenarian, you didn’t have a chance to go to the first Oktoberfest. It was held in 1810 to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. The happy couple invited all of Munich to attend the festivities, and the people obliged. It was a huge shindig, and they came back year after year to celebrate. The party caught on, and now, people celebrate all over the world. Watch out if you’re planning a wedding. If you invite the entire city, you might end up with a festival in your honor, too.
It’s Huge for the Munich Economy
Munich might not be Munich without Oktoberfest. Munich brought in €1.18 billion during the 2016 Oktoberfest. That included money raked in on the Oktoberfest grounds and from related tourism costs. How much do you think Naperville will bring in from Oktoberfest? It will probably be a bit behind Munich, but it’s still good for the city’s economy.
The Biggest Oktoberfest in the US is in Cincinnati
Cincinnati is home to the Bengals and the Reds. It’s also the place to go if you want to go to the biggest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. It brings in around 500,000 each year, and it has tons of beer tents, German music, and food vendors. This year’s Cincinnati Oktoberfest has already passed, but maybe you can go next year.
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