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Tap a Few Kegs without Tapping your Budget

Tap a Few Kegs without Tapping your Budget

It’s September in Chicago. Time to break out the beer and the brats (that’s brats as in sausages, not unruly children) and celebrate Oktoberfest. And while you’ll find plenty of Chicago happenings honoring Bavaria’s traditional salute to bier and German culture, one of the best is St. Alphonsus’ Chicago Oktoberfest (Sept. 24-26, 2010), which USA Today named to its list of America’s top 10 Oktoberfest events.

In addition to a great musical lineup, festival-goers can expect all the usual Oktoberfest attractions — homemade bratwurst, a beer garden, oompah bands, German dancers, soft, chewy pretzels, and a discreet sprinkling of lederhosen. Among this year’s headline music acts are Die Musikmeisters, Rock Candy, Trippin Billies and the Afrodisiacs, whose funky ‘70s-era outfits and hairstyles are as groovy as their dance tunes.

There’s also a Sunday-afternoon activity area for kids (Kinderfest), featuring face painting, a bouncy house, cookie designs, games and prizes.

Best of all, Oktoberfest won’t put a huge dent in your weekend budget. Admission to the wallet-friendly event is just $5. Proceeds benefit St. Alphonsus church, whose deep German roots stretch back to its founding by German immigrants in 1882.

For more information about St. Alphonsus’ Chicago Oktoberfest, visit

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