Oct. 9 2015 07:15 AM

Old Town Oktoberfest kicks off tonight


FRIDAY, Oct. 9 — It’s time once again for Lansing residents to don their finest lederhosen and indulge in copious amounts of German beer because Old Town Oktoberfest is back for its 10th year. As the only Oktoberfest celebration in mid-Michigan, the Old Town Commercial Association hopes to attract guests from all over the region.

This year’s festival will feature nine beers and one cider on tap. Four Michigan breweries will be represented at the festival — including Atwater Brewery, Spartan Beer Co., Griffin Claw Brewing Co. and Frankenmuth Brewery — and Uncle John’s Cider Mill will have its apple cider on tap. Food vendors for the event include area favorites like Grand Grillin’, Good Truckin’ Food, Mark’s Gourmet Dogs and Michigan Donut Co.

The festival also boasts an impressive list of Lansing musical acts, such as Off The Ledge, Heartland Klezmorim, Jonestown Crows, and DJ Rachael. The Polish Muslims — a polka-rock group from Hamtramck — closes out Saturday night.

This year’s festival also features some premium festival add-ons. For an additional $10, patrons can learn about German-style beers from the founders of Lansing’s Sleepwalker Spirits and Ales and enjoy a full pour of Sleepwalker Oktoberfest. For an additional $50, patrons can enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Red Haven restaurant.

Each ticket for Oktoberfest includes admission to the grounds, a 12-ounce souvenir mug and food and beverage coupons to be used at the festival. Single day passes cost $20 at the gate ($17 online), and weekend passes are also available for $32 ($30 online).

Oktoberfest activities will take place at Cesar Chavez Plaza at the corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue. Gates open tonight at 6 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Old Town Oktoberfest

6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9; 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Tickets start at $17

Cesar Chavez Plaza

Turner Street and Grand River Avenue, Lansing

(517) 485-4283, oldtownoktoberfest.com