OPENING CEREMONIES: KITCHENER - WATERLOO
The fanfare of trumpeters will be sounding from the rooftops on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 11:15 am, announcing the Official Opening of the 49th annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, North America's largest Bavarian festival!
Since 1969, the Festival has grown from a weekend event in one Festhalle, to a nine day, internationally famous Festival that attracts more than 700,000 participants.
Carl Zehr Square will be bustling with pomp and ceremony, music and dancing, and the enthusiasm of thousands of revelers eager to begin the Festival.
Honoured guests and dignitaries will accompany our President, Alfred Lowrick, the newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest and our favourite ambassador Onkel Hans in kicking off the nine days of celebration and the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit.
This year's Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is bigger and better than ever with over 40 Family & Cultural Events and Festhallen. There is certainly something for everyone at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.