It will be a wiener dog racing, bratwurst eating, Oompah dancing filled weekend as the Savannah Waterfront Association celebrates its 31st annual Oktoberfest. Come down to Historic River Street to join the German festivities all weekend long Friday through Sunday.
The celebration will kick off with an opening ceremony and official cask tapping Friday at 5 p.m. Make sure to stick around for food, music and First Friday Fireworks presented by Wet Willie’s at 9:30 p.m. Live entertainment will take place on the Arbor Stage each night featuring Permanent Tourists on Friday night at 9, and Thomas Claxton & the Myth on Saturday at 7 p.m. followed by Jacey Falk.
Grab a seat near the stage and enjoy a traditional beer garden offering a variety of German beverages while singing along with the Rhinelander’s Oompah Band. The Char-Broil National Grill Team will be hosting cooking demos and grilling up samples. There will be plenty of activities to participate in throughout the weekend, including a stein race, keg roll race and stein hoisting competitions. The annual sausage eating contest will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner and registration will take place online at Rock1061.com.
Last but not least, a Savannah Oktoberfest is not complete without the famous weiner dog races. These adorable races will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. on the east end of River Street in Morrell Park.
Oktoberfest will kick off Friday from noon-10 p.m., continuing Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regional artisans will be set up along Rousakis Plaza displaying a variety of handmade works for festival goers to browse through.
For more information, visit www.riverstreetsavannah.com.