OKM’s Oktoberfest: Experience a German Folk Festival

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Dress up in your favorite Bavarian folklore clothes and head to OKM’s Oktoberfest from 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 6 outside on Dewey Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets in downtown Bartlesville. Expect to find all the flair and flavors of the traditional German festival.


“OKM is very excited this year to continue the tradition of having Oktoberfest celebrated outdoors,” said Mary Lynn Mihm, OKM Music’s Board Chairwoman. “We believe this creates a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy wonderful German music, food, dancing, games, and lots of children’s activities.” “Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without the beloved ‘chicken dance,’ said Mihm. “We hope guests will enjoy listening to some fabulous polka bands while sipping on traditional Oktoberfest wine and beer.”


Several food trucks will be on hand with authentic German food including pretzels, sausage and hot dots, Schnitzel-on-a-stick, potato salad and strudel. Guests will enjoy a beer garden serving   cocktails, wine and beer. Soft drinks and water will also be available.


Revelers can dance to live polka music presented by German-American Society of Tulsa’s Blaskapelle, as well as the band Mach Schnell. GAST’s folk dancers will join in the fun with genuine German folk dancing.


Besides a costume contest, guests can take photos behind a Bavarian cutout. Adults will also want to try their skill at the traditional German games: Brat toss, Hammerschlagen, Beer Stein competition, and a Beer Stein race. You will want to find team members for the Brat toss and Beer Stein race. Check out the website for more details and sign up forms.


There are numerous children’s activities. They can play Torwand, which is a traditional soccer game; join the Kazoo parade; play Pick the Duck; or get their faces painted. In addition, OKM is proud to present Le theatre de Marionette from Dallas, Texas who will be performing two shows of “Hansel and Gretel” in Ambler Hall. This is a must see event.


Local vendors will add a festive touch with specialty items to purchase such as honey, German steins, apple butter, Neon signs and more.


Don’t forget to buy $10 raffle tickets for an opportunity to win an Apple Watch, Apple Air Pods, a Yeti filled with German Goodies, a Tub filled with German beer or a signed print, “Morning at the Sixteenth,” by artist, Larry Dyke.


All proceeds raised during the event benefit OKM’s year-round children’s programming and will offset the costs of the Festival and other concert events.


Adult tickets are $10. Student tickets for ages 0 to 17 are $5. Families can purchase a Family Ticket for $ 24, which includes two adults and two children. New this year, Oktoberfest enthusiast will want to purchase the Zelt Ticket which secures 8 guests entrance, a private tent and drink coupons. Purchase tickets online at www.OKMmusic.org or stop by the OKM office, 415 S. Dewey in Bartlesville.


To reserve a corporate or group table, call 918-336-9900.