Michigan City Special Events is proud to announce the entertainment line-up for the return of Michigan City’s most requested event, Oktoberfest. The four-day festival, being held in Washington Park over Labor Day weekend, will feature over 40 music and entertainment groups, as well as local and regional food, art, craft and merchandise vendors.
“We are so excited to bring back Oktoberfest to our great City,” said Mayor Duane Parry. “This event was the highlight of the summer for many years, and I know everyone has missed it as much as I have. We kicked off the summer season with the Singing Sands Festival, just finished an amazing Great Lakes Grand Prix weekend, and now we close out the summer with the event that everyone has been asking for. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
Entertainment will be spread over three stages. The NIPSCO Music Tent, the Sunset Pavilion, and the Sunset Rooftop will feature a variety of entertainment options throughout the weekend. Each area will have a full bar, and there will be plenty of food options for all tastes.
Terry Greetham, Director of Michigan City Special Events, is looking forward to the Oktoberfest return and is confident the entertainment line-up will draw great crowds. “I remember the days when Oktoberfest was huge…it was the event of the year,” he said. “It is going to take us some time to build it back up to that level, but I believe this year’s event will have a little something for everyone with a wide variety of music and vendors. This first year back will lay the foundation for what I hope is a growing event for many years to come.”
Oktoberfest will also feature a Kids Sand Zone, with all the tools and toys needed to build sandcastles, and daily lessons in sandcastle building by sand sculptor Janet Moore Schrader, winner of the Singing Sands Sand Sculpting Festival Semi-Pro category back in June. Well known caricature artist Roger Hurtado from Chicago will be on hand as well as other kid’s activities. Family hours are 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. In addition, the Great Lakers Car Club will hold a car show Sunday, September 4.
Oktoberfest starts Friday, September 1 and runs through Monday, September 4, 2023. Event hours are 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm Friday through Sunday, and 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday.
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