Oktoberfest is set to bring back the sights and sounds of Naperville’s German heritage this weekend. And the bigger-than-ever tents this year fill the Village Green of the city’s 19th century outdoor history museum, prepared to welcome revelers to celebrate with German food served up by My Chef and authentic German music by Ron Keller’s German band (shown in the photo courtesy of Naper Settlement), Die Musikmeisters and Jimmy’s Bavarians!
The price of admission is $15 adult (13+), $10 youth (4-12).
For starters, attend from 4-10PM Fri., Oct. 5, to kick off the 2-day event at Naper Settlement. Some folks may remember when the Rotary Oktoberfest was held Columbus Day weekend in downtown Naperville. After a brief hiatus, new folks adopted the popular event with plenty of German accents, and now host it at different location a few blocks south to benefit the Naperville Heritage Society.
Naperville’s homegrown band, One More Time (OMT), performs Friday evening. In the photo, OMT is featured playing its brand of cover tunes and much more on the Belgio’s Catering Main Stage at the Jaycees Last Fling in September. Earlier in the summer, they played at Ribfest.
Then the fun and live entertainment returns from 11Am-10PM Sat., Oct. 6.
Another popular Naperville band, The Near Beer Band, performs on stage Saturday afternoon.
Family activities are scheduled from 11AM-5PM Saturday afternoon, too.
After hearing classic oompah music early in the evening, the stage will come to life with classic rock from OMT (Friday) and The Legends (Saturday). The Legends, known throughout Chicagoland, also have connections to Naperville.
This community has no shortage of talent! Thanks for supporting the performing arts while enjoying some great German traditions with a taste of local history.
For the complete schedule, visit Oktoberfest.
Heritage Hall of Honor will recognize several longtime supporters at 2PM Sun., Oct. 7. The public event will be held at 523 S. Webster St.
The Distinguished Heritage Hall of Honor recognizes and honors those who have enthusiastically supported preserving Naperville’s rich and storied history, and demonstrated a high level of commitment to Naper Settlement and the Heritage Society’s mission of historic preservation and education. The 2012 honorees are Nancy Brown Stoneberg and Thomas Brown, Bob Jansen, Dave Kelsch, North Central College, Pat and Don Shanower and Sullivan’s Steakhouse.