When is Oktoberfest in Delaware?
The opening parade begins Oktoberfest at 5:00 on Friday the 20th. The event runs until Sunday at 6.
Friday, September 20th 5:00-11:00
Saturday, September 21st 12-11:00
Sunday, September 22nd 12-6:00
Where is Oktoberfest in Delaware?
49 Salem Church Road, Newark, Delaware
For more information Phone (302) 366-9454
The opening parade is held on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The parade features the Muenchner Kindl, Munich Child, the symbol of the city of Munich which leads the opening parade of the Munich Oktoberfest. The child is dressed in brown monk's garb with golden stripes, similar to that of the Benedictine order, founders of the city.
German specialties include grilled Bratwurst (pork sausage), Weisswurst (veal sausage), Frankfurters, BBQ chicken, potato pancakes, pretzels and "Rollmops", a marinated herring served with rye bread. Potato salad and sauerkraut are made daily in the Delaware Saengerbund kitchen. A variety of Torten and traditional plum cake are the tempting sweet fare.
The "Enzian Volkstanzgruppe", the Bavarian dance group of the Delaware Saengerbund, will entertain at intervals during the festival.
They perform in the colorful "Tracht" - the traditional costume patterned after the distinctive style of Miesbach in Bavaria.
The men wear "Lederhosen" - buck skin leather pants - the women a "Dirndl" - a dress consisting of several parts: skirt, blouse, vest, apron, shawl, completed with a special hat.
When the EVTG is not dancing, German music will be provided on Friday & Saturday night and Sunday afternoon by "Almwind".
"Heidi and Heimat Echo" will play Saturday afternoon.
The Saengerbund's Haus Band, the Enzian Musikanten, will open the festival each day with their performance.
Imported Gifts and Souvenirs
Oktoberfest souvenirs including mugs, glassware, t-shirts, hats, and accessories are available in great variety.
Included in the admission price are unlimited free amusement rides.
Midway games set up by the amusement company do cost extra.
Remote Parking is located at Christiana High School, located just 0.7 miles south of the Delaware Saengerbund at the intersection of Salem Church Road and Chapman Road.
The Parking cost is just $5 on Friday and Saturday, FREE on Sunday, and includes a free shuttle to and from the entrance gate of the Oktoberfest.
A Recent Visit to Oktoberfest and Review
Saturday Night, we went to the Oktoberfest at Delaware Saengerbund. We got to see the Enzian Volkstanzgruppe, which was very entertaining. They were excellent dancers and dressed in traditional costume of Bavaria.
There was lots of music and the food was excellent. Jess had Bratworst with sauerkraut. There were unbelievable deserts as well. I had both the streudel and a plum cake which were both great. I have to admit I don't really have a sweet tooth, but the deserts were excellent. Jess got Black Forest cake and it was great as well.
Of course, there was beer available.
Jess's sister Melissa and her friend Brad met us there and they seemed to be having a good time too. Many people had oversized mugs and steins they were drinking from.
There were also rides for children and specialty clothes and jewelry and souvenirs. I have to admit this was my first Oktoberfest, but I hope it won't be my last. It was great fun!