Oktoberfest set Sept. 16 and 17; Calling volunteers

Oktoberfest needs volunteers! Help out at the Downers Grove District 58 Foundation’s Oktoberfest and get free admission. The popular family event, now in its 4th year, will feature traditional German fare and beverages. The festival will also offer a Kids Zone, kids karaoke, a high school brat-eating contest, a high school donut-eating contest and community entertainment.

Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16 from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17 from noon to 8 p.m. in Downtown Downers Grove.

Oktoberfest’s success relies on volunteers! Sign up to volunteer at www.58founation.org A number of three-hour volunteer slots are open in registration, set-up, Kids Zone, beverage area and other areas. Volunteers will receive free admission to the event.

Oktoberfest celebrates the approaching fall season, while raising money to support District 58 schools. Oktoberfest is located in Downtown Downers Grove’s Forest Parking Lot at Burlington Avenue, between Forest Avenue and Main Street.

Oktoberfest is FREE for children (ages 0-13 with paying adult), volunteers, active military and veterans with military ID. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (55+) and teenagers (14-17). Guests may buy tickets at the door or online at


On both days, Oktoberfest’s Big Music Stage will feature the popular band, Frank “K” Duo and Company, which is best known for authentic German style music and Lederhosen. On Saturday afternoon, enjoy the legendary talent and jazz vocal stylings of Wayne Messmer. Evening entertainment will include popular local bands Soulful Remedy, Tarra and Evolution on Saturday, as well as Blue Mud and North of Eight on Sunday.

The Downers Grove Oktoberfest is a benefit for the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58, funding 11 elementary schools and two middle schools promoting excellence in education. Visit www.58foundation.org for more information.

Please direct Oktoberfest questions to Foundation Director Janet Alikpala at 312-217-4369 or janet@alikpala.com.

View the official 2017 Oktoberfest flyer.


In July 2002, 18 members of the Downers Grove community were brought together to form the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58. The Foundation is a vehicle to obtain and distribute financial and other resources for the enhancement of educational programs at the 13 schools of Downers Grove District 58. The Foundation is committed to funding educational projects and initiatives that would not otherwise be funded by the District due to limited financial resources. Funds focus on the following areas: Technology Innovation, Staff Development and Curriculum Enrichment.