It’s 16 days and nights of sheer lunacy during September and traditionally runs through the first weekend of October.
This year’s 179th celebration of bier, roasted chickens and pretzels kicked off on the fairgrounds of the Bavarian city on September 22nd and continues non-stop through October 7.
It’s 150 carnival rides placed between all kinds of arts and crafts, food and beer booths.
But the big deal are the beer company sponsored tents, 13 of them altogether. Seven smaller tents seating anywhere from 700 to 5,000 revelers while the seven enormous mega-tents hold 7,000 to 11,000 party animals-each.
And besides music, beer, food and fun there’s something called kiss freedom. Spot a hottie? Go ahead and kiss her. It’s definitely OK and almost expected during Oktoberfest. And as its seven million visitors already know, what happens at Oktoberfest—stays in Munich.
But hold on...
There’s a condensed version of it going down in Kansas City this weekend. It’s the Grunauer Restaurant‘s 3rd annual and improved Oktoberfest. It happens all day and evening Friday and Saturday at the Viennese and German styled eating establishment located behind Union Station in the historic freight house district.
This year Grunauer is celebrating with food, bier and live entertainment both inside the restaurant and in two large tents located directly in front of the restaurant.
There’s the newly renovated biergarden now tented and serving as the food hub of the fest. Inside you’ll find traditional German specialties such as Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Pretzels, Apple Strudel, Kassler Rippchen, German Potato Salad and other Oktoberfest favorites.
Tent two is party central. Sound stuffy? Think again!
Authentic German bands and dancers will keep the oompah festivities going and flowing during daytime hours. Then Friday night and Saturday evening the beat and music themes change to jazz and rock performed by local artists.
Both large tents have various imported biers flowing from the famous German Hofbrau brewery.
Grunauer Restaurant (and its two Oktoberfest party tents) is located at 101 West 22nd Street in downtown Kansas City.
Need more info? Check them out online or call 816-283-3234.
Prosit, mein Freund!