Volunteers needed for Downers Grove Oktoberfest

Volunteer or attend Oktoberfest — proceeds support District 58!

The sixth annual Downers Grove Oktoberfest will take place Friday, Sept. 13 from 3-11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.! The festival is located in downtown Downers Grove, in the Forest parking lot just north of the public library. Oktoberfest is hosted by the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58, and all proceeds will benefit District 58.

To be a success, Oktoberfest NEEDS volunteers. Volunteer shifts range in length, but most are 3 or 3.5 hours. Volunteers earn free festival admission during their shift. There are currently more than 150 open volunteer slots for a variety of stations, including food service, beverage sales, registration/tickets, kids zone, backstage crew, VIP entrance and more. Sign up to volunteer at  https://tinyurl.com/Oktoberfest19Volunteer

Oktoberfest offers entertainment, traditional German fare and beverages, a kids zone, kids karaoke, a high school brat-eating contest, a donut-eating contest and much more. 

The festival will feature national headliner Vince Neil, the legendary front man of Mötley Crüe, on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 p.m. In addition to Vince Neil’s performance, Oktoberfest will also host several renowned local bands and an authentic German polka band. Performers include ARRA, North of Eight, Tarra, Tina Messmer-King, Dave & John Acoustics, and Frank K & Company, among many others. View a complete entertainment schedule and more information at www.58foundation.org.

Oktoberfest celebrates the approaching fall season, while raising money to support District 58 schools.

On Friday (all day) and Saturday before 6 p.m.,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). The Kids Zone costs $5 for children.

The entry fee will increase to $25 on Saturday after 6 p.m. for all ages, and all Saturday evening general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no re-entry granted after 6 p.m.

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