Downtown Parktoberfest to Feature German Beer, Games, & More

The annual event takes place at Campus Martius this weekend
Downtown Parktoberfest
Head to Campus Martius Park this weekend for the annual Downtown Parktoberfest event. // Photograph courtesy of Downtown Detroit Partnership

Get out your dirndl and lederhosen — Downtown Detroit Partnership is ushering in fall with a celebration of all things German culture. Taking place at Campus Martius Park on Sept. 18 and 19, the nonprofit’s 7th annual Downtown Parktoberfest event will offer up a lineup of beer, food, games, and more. 


“After a successful summer entertainment season that looked and felt like the return to normalcy and also helped drive business back to Downtown Detroit, we are excited to celebrate the coming of fall with the return of Detroit Parktoberfest,” says David Cowan, chief public spaces officer of DDP, in a press release. “We invite city-goers and visitors throughout metro Detroit and beyond to come down and take in Campus Martius Park’s colorful and festive fall décor, while enjoying this special weekend event that is a popular, local tradition in our downtown and many look forward to attending.”


Food and drink options are aplenty at Downtown Parktoberfest. The event’s open-air Biergarten pavilion will feature craft brews and Oktoberfest beer from Samuel Adams, Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Paulaner, and more, as well as hard ciders from Blake’s and hard seltzer from Truly. Meanwhile, kids can visit the Faygo Root Biergarten, which will dish out floats and ice cream scoops. Flavors include vanilla, baked apple pie, Vernors cream, cookies and cream, and strawberry sorbet. Guests can also enjoy brats, burgers, barbecue sandwiches, fries, and other items from D Loft Mobile Café and Poppos Barbecue food trucks. 


Activities include traditional Oktoberfest games like stein hoisting. The Bavarian strength contest requires participants to hold a full one-liter beer stein, which weighs 5 pounds, in one hand. Their arm must be held up directly in front of their bodies, and the last person left holding their stein wins. Downtown Parktoberfest attendees can also try keg hoisting and keg rolling. 


Entertainment is also scheduled for the event, with polka rock group Polish Muslims headlining on Saturday and the six-piece group Frame 42 on Sunday. Guests can also enjoy photo displays and dance demonstrations. 


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