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October 10, 2016

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest helps the Food Bank of Waterloo Region spread the Spirit of Thanksgiving with the Onkel Hans Food

(Waterloo Region, ON – October 10, 2016) – Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dave

October 10, 2016

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 Selects Floats of Honour, Voters Pick People’s Choice

(Waterloo Region, ON - October 10, 2016) - The 2016 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The floats that have been selected, by

October 01, 2016

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest crowns Miss Oktoberfest 2016

At a gala black tie event, Vanessa Buttinger was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2016, making her the 48th Miss Oktoberfest since the festival’s inception. Vanessa was sponsored by Shopify Plus.

September 01, 2016

Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford returns to put a little oompah-pah on your plate at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest's Stein & Dine E

(Waterloo Region, Ontario – July 15, 2016) - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, in partnership with Molson Coors Canada, is thrilled to welcome the return of Food Network Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford to our incredibly popular Stein & Dine Culinary Experien

February 17, 2016

K-W Oktoberfest Inc. President Alfred Lowrick Shares Vision for 2016

Alfred Lowrick, President of K-W Oktoberfest Inc., addressed an audience of board members, volunteers, city officials and community partners at the Annual General Meeting held at the Concordia Club last evening.

February 16, 2016

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2016 Annual General Meeting

2015 was both challenging and exciting for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. The 47th edition of Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival included unique Family & Cultural Events, exciting entertainment, new events and activities, ongoing enthusiastic participa

November 24, 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Hosts 5th Annual Hansie Awards

(Waterloo Region, ON – November 19, 2015) – The Festival may be over for another year, but the fun continued for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, as the winners of a number of Festival awards were announced at the 5th annual Hansie Awards, at the Alpin

October 13, 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015 Selects Floats of Honour, Voters Pick People’s Choice

(Waterloo Region, ON - October 12, 2015) - The 2015 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The floats that have been selected, by

October 13, 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest helps the Food Bank of Waterloo Region spread the Spirit of Thanksgiving with the Onkel Hans Food

(Waterloo Region, ON – October 12, 2015) – Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. D

October 03, 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest crowns Miss Oktoberfest 2015

(Waterloo Region, ON – October 2, 2015) – At a gala black tie event, Holly Pearson was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2015, making her the 47th Miss Oktoberfest since the festival’s inception. Holly was sponsored by Boston Pizza, Waterloo.

October 01, 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Celebrates Glockenspiel Unveiling

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will proudly unveil the refurbished Glockenspiel, on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 11:30 am. The event will take place at Speaker’s Corner, across from festival headquarters, at Charles and Benton Streets in Kitchener.

September 01, 2015

Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford plans to put a little oompah-pah on your plate at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest's Stein & Dine Eve

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, in partnership with Molson Coors Canada, is thrilled to welcome Food Network Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford to our incredibly popular Stein & Dine Culinary Experience.

July 15, 2015

London’s Own Oktoberfest Launched Today

Western Fair District to Extend K-W’s Authentic Bavarian Tradition into London and Surrounding Communities with Expansion of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

June 02, 2015

Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest brings the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour to Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is proud to announce the 2015-2016 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will be kicking off its second year at Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival, in Downtown Kitchener, on Thanksgiving Weekend.

May 15, 2015

Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest Announces Thanksgiving Day Parade Route Change

Due to the construction on King Street in Waterloo we have had to alter the route of our Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. We will now start in Kitchener and end in Waterloo.

March 09, 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Receives Top Honours Amongst Industry Peers

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest received top honours from the festival industry again this year.

February 18, 2015

K-W Oktoberfest Inc. welcomes Alfred Lowrick as new President for 2015-16 Festivals

Alfred Lowrick, the newly inaugurated President of K-W Oktoberfest Inc., began his term yesterday by addressing an audience of board members, volunteers, city officials and community partners at the Annual General Meeting.

November 21, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Hosts 4th Annual Hansie Awards

The Festival may be over for another year, but the fun continued for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, as the winners of a number of Festival awards were announced at the 4th annual Hansie Awards, at the Alpine Club in Kitchener.

October 20, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Turns off the Taps and Closes the Kegs

The festival that has benefitted the local economy to the tune of $22.2 Million annually, has wrapped up with another feather in its Bavarian hat.

October 15, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s $3000 Hidden Treasure Discovered in Waldau Park, Kitchener

For days Kitchener-Waterloo treasure hunters have been scouring the area for a hidden key worth $3,000! The key unlocks King Ludwig’s Treasure Chest and the annual search for the loot is one of the highlights of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

October 14, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 Selects Floats of Honour, Voters Pick People’s Choice

The 2014 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

October 14, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest helps the Food Bank of Waterloo Region spread the Spirit of Thanksgiving with the Onkel Hans Food

Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

October 10, 2014

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Waterloo Region

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year took time tonight to recognize and pay tribute to some outstanding women in the community. “We’re celebrating 40 years of honouring women in our community this year,” said Dave MacNeil, Executive Director

October 07, 2014

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Waterloo Region

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year takes time out to recognize and pay tribute to outstanding women in the community. This year, the awards ceremony will take place Thursday, October 9th at 7:00 pm at Bingemans Ballroom in Kitchener, with specia

October 04, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Crowns Miss Oktoberfest 2014

At a gala black tie event, Lindsay Kalbfleisch was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2014, making her the 46th Miss Oktoberfest since the festival’s inception. Lindsay was sponsored by Christine Michaud in memory of Mark Kreller.

September 04, 2014

Celebrating German Culture and Heritage in Waterloo Region

The Government of Canada is providing this funding for the 46th edition of the festival under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

July 23, 2014

Tickets ON SALE!

Most of our Festhallen partner's tickets are now available through our online store and in person through the Official Retail Store.

May 08, 2014

Oktoberfest glockenspiel making a comeback

The Oktoberfest glockenspiel will be returned to its former glory and once again chime the time in downtown Kitchener. City councillors voted Monday to pay up to half the $398,000 cost to refurbish the community icon and reinstall it at Speaker's Corne

May 05, 2014

Celebrity Chef Corbin plans to put a little oompah-pah on your plate at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest's Stein & Dine Event

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, in partnership with Molson Coors Canada, is excited to welcome the return of nationally acclaimed Canadian Chef Corbin to the popular Stein & Dine Culinary Experience. Stein & Dine will take place Thursday, September 4, 20

April 08, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Receives Ontario Trillium Foundation Funding

Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy announced today that Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has been awarded a capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation of $127,300 over one year.

March 03, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Receives Top Honours Amongst Industry Peers

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest received top honours from the festival industry again this year, marking the continued success of the festival as one of Ontario’s marquee events.

February 19, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest AGM

Harry Vogt, President of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, began his 2nd term yesterday by addressing an audience of board members, volunteers, City officials and community partners at the Annual General Meeting held at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel.

November 13, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Hosts 3rd Annual Hansie Awards

The Festival may be over for another year, but the fun continued for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest as the winners of a number of Festival awards were announced at the 3rd annual Hansie Awards at the Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo.

October 20, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Turns Off the Taps and Closes the Kegs

The festival that has benefitted the local economy to the tune of $22.2 Million annually, has wrapped up with another feather in its Bavarian fun hat. Last night Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest officially ended its 45th year with Closing Ceremonies at one

October 18, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest's $3,000 Hidden Treasure Discovered in Raddatz Park, Kitchener

For days Kitchener-Waterloo treasure hunters have been scouring the area for a hidden key worth $3,000! The key unlocks King Ludwig’s Treasure Chest and the annual search for the loot is one of the highlights of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Festi

October 18, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Media Conference

Members of the media are invited to join Harry Vogt, President of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, at a Post-Festival Media Meet & Greet on Sunday, October 20th at 10:00 am at the K-W Oktoberfest Inc. Headquarters. Harry will review highlights and present

October 17, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Honours its Own at President's Invitational Luncheon

A full house of prominent members of the Kitchener-Waterloo business and political community attended the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest President’s Invitational Luncheon at the K-W Hotel and Conference Centre this afternoon. The annual event, hosted b

October 14, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Selects Float of Honour

The 2013 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade.

October 14, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Helps the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

October 11, 2013

Roll Out the Barrel - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Here!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest opened to fanfare, friends and flowing beer this morning, kicking off the 45th edition of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival!

October 11, 2013

Roll Out the Barrel - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Here!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest opened to fanfare, friends and flowing beer this morning, kicking off the 45th edition of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival!

October 10, 2013

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Waterloo Region

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year took time tonight to recognize and pay tribute to some outstanding women in the community. "We are proud of our partnership with the K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year. It recognizes the amazing work and man

October 08, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Announces the 2013 Parade Grand Marshals

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is pleased to announce the Parade Grand Marshals for the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2013 Media Meister, sponsored by Digital North!

October 04, 2013

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Nominees Announced

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year takes time out to recognize and pay tribute to outstanding women in the community. This year, the awards ceremony will take place Thursday, October 10th at 7:30 pm at Bingemans Ballroom, Kitchener; with special

October 04, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Crowns Miss Oktoberfest 2013

At a gala black tie event, Tara Hebblethwaite, sponsored by Beertown Waterloo, was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2013, making her the 45th Miss Oktoberfest since the festival’s inception.

September 19, 2013

Tour de Hans Cycles Through Waterloo Region

The much anticipated Tour de Hans event that is part of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest festival is back again this year. Slated for Saturday, September 28th, the event blends the Spirit of Competition with the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit and is expected

September 16, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Launches #MyOktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest launches a new campaign today, to encourage everyone to share their favorite part of Canada’s greatest Bavarian festival.

September 06, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Celebrates Dedication of New Maypole

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will proudly raise the Canadian flag on a new Maypole, or Maibaum, on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:30am, beside festival headquarters at Charles and Benton Streets in Kitchener.

August 27, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Elects New 1st Vice President

Festival President, Harry Vogt, announced today that Alfred Lowrick has been elected by the K-W Oktoberfest Board of Directors to fill the position of 1st Vice President.

June 26, 2013

Celebrity Chef Corbin joins Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest's Stein & Dine Event

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, in partnership with Molson Coors Canada, is excited to welcome nationally acclaimed Canadian Chef Corbin to the Stein & Dine Culinary Experience.

June 05, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Appoints New Executive Director

Festival President, Harry Vogt, announced today the appointment of a new Executive Director for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest – Dave MacNeil. This announcement s the result of an extensive Canada-wide search.

October 14, 2012

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Turns Off the Taps

The festival that has impacted the local economy to the tune of $21 Million annually, has wrapped up with another feather in its Bavarian fun hat. Last night Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest officially ended its 44th year with Closing Ceremonies at one of t

October 09, 2012

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Winners Announced

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year took time tonight to recognize and pay tribute to some outstanding women in the community. "We are proud of our partnership with the K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year. It recognizes the amazing work and man

October 08, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Parade Float Winners Selected

The 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in the 2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade.

October 05, 2012

King Ludwig's $3,000 Treasure Found

For days Kitchener-Waterloo treasure hunters have been scouring the area for a hidden key worth $3,000! The key unlocks King Ludwig’s Treasure Chest and the annual search for the loot is one of the highlights of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

October 04, 2012

K-W Oktoberfest Recognizes Outstanding Women in the Community

This year, the awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 pm at the Waterloo Inn & Conference Centre, Waterloo; with special guest speaker Dr. Lea Carataga, Faculty of Social Work Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, and emcees Susan

September 28, 2012

Miss O Crowned

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest crowns Miss Oktoberfest 2012 (Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – September 28, 2012) – At a gala black tie event, Lindsay Coulter, sponsored by the Downtown Kitchener BIA, was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2012, making her the 4

September 26, 2012

Parade Grand Marshals Announced

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is pleased to announce the 2012 Media Meister, sponsored by Digital North, and the Parade Grand Marshal for the 2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade!

September 24, 2012

Celebrating A Milestone With Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Corporate Experience

Ontario Drive and Gear LTD (ODG), a world leader in the design and manufacturing of amphibious vehicles, and a corporation deeply rooted in the local community and culture, will celebrate 50 years in business with a partnership event with Kitchener-Waterl

September 21, 2012

Teledyne DALSA and Employees Share the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit

What does Gemuetlichkeit look like in the workplace? Through Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest's Corporate Experience program and a healthy dose of their own enthusiasm, employees at a local high-tech company are about to find out.

August 31, 2012

Tour de Hans Welcomes Celebrity Rider

The third annual Tour de Hans, presented by RBC, will be full of some golden moments as the riders line up at the start this year; as they will be joined by three-time Olympic gold medalist Marnie McBean for this 100km event.

July 18, 2012

Economical Insurance® Supports RIDE Safety Campaign

Economical Insurance®, one of the largest property and casualty insurance companies in the country, will be the official sponsor for the 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest RIDE Program.

July 12, 2012

2012 A Blooming Affair Fashion Show Tickets on Sale!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is preparing for an extravagant night of local fashion as it presents the 2012 edition of the A Blooming Affair Fashion Show on Wednesday, October 3rd at Bingemans. Tickets for this event are now on sale!

June 27, 2012

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Nominations Open

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest announces its official call for nominations for the 2012 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year. This annual event has been celebrating the achievements and contributions of Waterloo Region women since 1975.

October 16, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Turns off the Taps and Closes the Kegs for Another Year

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest officially ended another year with Closing Ceremonies at the Chicopee Haus last night. Festival organizers and guests looked on as the ceremonial keg was sealed to await the 2012 Festival, opening in a year's time.

October 14, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest's $3000 Hidden Treasure discovered in Waterloo Park

For 19 days Kitchener-Waterloo treasure hunters have been scouring the area for a hidden key worth $3,000! The key unlocks King Ludwig's Treasure Chest and the annual search for the loot is one of the highlights of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

October 12, 2011

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year took time out to recognize and pay tribute to some outstanding women in the community.

October 10, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest selects 2011 Floats of Honour

The 2011 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in the 2011 Thanksgiving Day Parade.

October 10, 2011

Onkel Hans Food Drive spreads the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit

Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Onkel Hans Food Drive raised 19,360 lbs of non-p

October 10, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Idol Crowned

The judges have spoken - CASSANDRA HODGINS, 16, of London, was named the 2011 Oktoberfest Idol winner today at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. In a search that consisted of both singing and dancing talent!

October 08, 2011

Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Combines Old Traditions with New Technology

When the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade gets underway on Monday, October 10, it will once again bring together long-standing traditions with the latest trends. Once again this year the parade will include the pageantry of numerous

October 07, 2011

Roll out the Barrel - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Here!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest opened to fanfare, friends and flowing beer this morning, kicking off the 43rd edition of Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival! The Official Opening Ceremonies and keg tapping took place at Kitchener's Civic Square th

October 05, 2011

Chase the Chicken Down the Parade Route in the Onkel Hans 5K Fun Run!

On Monday, October 10th, kick-off the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade and participate in the Onkel Hans 5K Fun Run. The race will begin at 8:30 am on King and William Streets in Waterloo, and run right down the Parade route, finish

October 04, 2011

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Waterloo Region

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year takes time out to recognize and pay tribute to outstanding women in the community. This year, the awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 11th starting at 7:30 pm. It will take place at the Waterloo

September 30, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest crowns Miss Oktoberfest 2011

At a gala black tie event, BRITTANY GRAUL, sponsored by Stockie Motors Inc., was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 2011, making her the 43rd Miss Oktoberfest since the festival's inception.

September 28, 2011

A Blooming Affair Fashion Show Preparing to Turn Heads in 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is at the forefront of fashion again as it presents the 2011 A Blooming Affair Fashion Show on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Bingemans. Tickets for this event are almost sold out!

September 21, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Returns to Chicopee!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is expanding its impact on the Regional community with a new accredited Festhalle at Chicopee Ski Club! This represents the return of Chicopee as a festhalle, which last operated in the 1970’s in partnership

September 20, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, with Molson Coors Canada, Presents Stein & Dine

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, in partnership with Molson Coors Canada, presents the premier culinary event of the season. Stein & Dine will take place this Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Waterloo Inn.

September 19, 2011

Tour de Hans Welcomes Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield to 100km Race

The second annual Tour de Hans, presented by RBC, will be full of some golden moments as the riders line up at the start this year, because two-time Olympic medal winner Simon Whitfield will be lining up with them at the start of the 100km event. This h

September 13, 2011

April Wine to Headline Oktoberfest Rocks the Tent

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will once again be the place where polka meets rock, as festival organizers announce yet another stellar line-up of Canadian artists for the festival's two main concert events. Canadian music icons April Wine will headline

September 13, 2011

Oktoberfest Idol Revamped!

Oktoberfest Idol has adopted a new format for 2011. No longer just a one-day event, Oktoberfest Idol will now include a formal audition process and final competition. We've also opened up Oktoberfest Idol to more entrants by adding a dancing component to

July 26, 2011

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Nominations Open!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest announces its official call for nominations for the 2011 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year. This annual event has been celebrating the achievements and contributions of Waterloo Region women since 1975.

March 08, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Receives Top Honours amongst Industry Peers

The 2011 Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) Achievement Awards were announced March 5th at FEO’s 25th annual Conference in Markham. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest was recognized with Best Official Printed Program and with Best New Festiv

March 04, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Is A Good Investment

John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre, announced $399,800 in Celebrate Ontario funding, for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, today.

November 16, 2010

Oktoberfest Lotto Express Winners Announced!

The Festival may be over for another year, but the fun continued for Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest tonight as the winners of the Oktoberfest Lotto Express were drawn at the annual Awards Night at the Delta Kitchener-Waterloo. Lottery License #M536819

November 04, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Announces New Executive Director

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has selected past President Mark Kreller as the incoming Executive Director of the annual Festival. Kreller will take the reins on January 1st, 2011, overseeing the overall leadership in the operation of the Festival.

October 17, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Closes the Kegs for Another Year

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest officially ended for another year with Closing Ceremonies at the Transylvania Club last night. Festival organizers and guests looked on as the ceremonial keg was sealed to await the 2011 Festival opening in a yearââ‚

October 15, 2010

Key to King Ludwig's $3,000 Treasure Chest found in Lakeside Park

Festival organizers have announced today that the key to the valuable treasure chest was found in Lakeside Park by Jason Bartlett of Kitchener.

October 11, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest helps the Food Bank of Waterloo Region with the Onkel Hans Food Drive

Today the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest came together to help those in need while enjoying the tradition of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a great pleasure to announce

October 11, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Parade names Floats of Honour; announces People's Choice Float

For the second year in a row, parade spectators were able to vote via text messaging for the Thanksgiving Day Parade People’s Choice Float! Twenty-seven floats competed for the honour, with the most votes going to the Schneiders Food Flo

October 10, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest selects Oktoberfest Idol 2010

The judges have spoken – Karli Purcell, 18, of Listowel, was named the 2010 Oktoberfest Idol winner today at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.
Karli Purcell has also won the Northern Ontario Open Country Singing Contest and the Harv

October 09, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Parade combines old traditions and new technology!

When the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade gets underway on Monday, October 11, it will once again bring together long-standing traditions with the latest trends. Once again this year the parade will include the pageantry of numerous

October 08, 2010

Roll Out the Barrell - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ist Here!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest opened to fanfare, friends and flowing beer, kicking off the 42nd edition of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! The Official Opening Ceremonies and keg tapping took place at Kitchener’s Ci

October 08, 2010

2010 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Award Recipients

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year took time out last night to recognize and pay tribute to some outstanding women in the community. "Our involvement is a true privilege. The Rogers Group of Companies is thrilled to champion the great women of this

October 02, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Announces 2010 Parade Grand Marshal

K-W Oktoberfest announces the 2010 Grand Marshal (Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – October 2, 2010) – Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is pleased to announce as this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Grand Mars

October 02, 2010

Miss Oktoberfest 2010 Crowned!

September 13, 2010

Tour de Hans is a unique Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Experience!

September 13, 2010

Chase the Chicken Down the Parade Route in the Onkel Hans 5K Fun Run!

September 10, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest comes to Cambridge with new Festhalle!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is expanding its impact on the Regional community with a new accredited Festahallen in Cambridge! One of the region’s most notable events, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, will now be part of the mix in Ca

August 16, 2010

illScarlett set to headline Rocktoberfest9 at Altes Munchen Haus!

August 16, 2010

Our Lady Peace to Headline Oktoberfest Rocks the Tent!

July 14, 2010

Larry Blundell Bids Farewell to K-W Oktoberfest Inc.

June 16, 2010

Local Ellen fans get ready to get their chicken dance on!

On Thursday, June 24, all Ellen fans are invited to join a mass chicken dance taking place in front of Kitchener City Hall on King Street. The public is encouraged to wear their Oktoberfest gear, make signs to encourage Ellen to come and definitely bring

May 20, 2010

K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Nominations Open!

March 10, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest named Ontario Event of Distinction