October 7th-15th, 2016
Oktoberfest at the Schwaben Club is a great time for all. We offer three separate halls with two different bands playing a variety of traditional and contemporary music. Our kitchen is open nightly serving delicious, traditional fare: schnitzel, cabbage rolls, strudel, and other delicacies. The Schwaben Club’s own dance groups perform nightly and dance groups from other clubs or from around the world will often be featured as well.
Tickets for Oktoberfest can be purchased from the office at the Schwaben Club in person or by phone (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) or Oktoberfest Inc. Tickets for both Fridays and Saturdays are purchased for a specific hall only.
Friday, October 7th, 2016, 6:00 pm
Main Hall• General Admission: $19.47 + HST = $22.00
Schwaben Hall• General Admission: $15.93 + HST = $18.00
Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 5:00 pm
Main Hall• General Admission: $22.12 + HST = $25.00
Schwaben Hall• General Admission: $18.58 + HST = $21.00
Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm — Family Day• General Admission: $8.85 + HST = $10.00
• FREE Admission for children 8 and under
Monday-Wednesday, October 10th-12th, 2016 — No Events
Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 5:00 pm• General Admission: $8.85 + HST = $10.00
Schwaben Hall — Molson Night & Main Hall — Corporate Night
Friday, October 14th, 2016, 6:00 pm
Main Hall• General Admission: $19.47 + HST = $22.00
Schwaben Hall• General Admission: $15.96 + HST = $18.00
Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 5:00 pm
Main Hall• General Admission: $28.32 + HST = $32.00
Schwaben Hall• General Admission: $24.78 + HST = $28.00
Back again this year at the Schwaben Club; it’s the perfect ticket for those who do their best partying later in the evening. The ticket has a reduced cost compared to the full price, but still includes entrance to one of our available halls, with access to our award-winning food, award-winning bands, and some of the best parties in town.
Friday, October 7th and Friday, October 14th, 2016 — Admission after 10 pm• General Admission: $10.18 + HST = $11.50
Saturday, October 8th and Saturday October 15th, 2016 — Admission after 10 pm• General Admission: $15.04 + HST = $17.00
Menu and Prices
Oktoberfest is a celebration that is not easily forgotten. With great food, colourful costumes, and dancing all night long — it’s definitely a party you don’t want to miss. Check out the pictures from celebrations past, and see what kind of fun is in store for you! Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge photos.
When many Germans immigrated to the Kitchener-Waterloo area, it was natural that they would want to continue this festive tradition. While many clubs held their own private Oktoberfest celebration (the Schwaben Club laying claim to the first of these in 1961), the first public festivities took place at the Concordia Club in 1969.
K-W Oktoberfest today is the second largest Bavarian festival in the world, second only to the original in Munich itself. For 10 days in October, thousands of visitors and residents take part in family and cultural events, and visit many of the 20+ Festhallen set up throughout the Region. One of the highlights of the festival would certainly be the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade — the largest in Canada.
For more information on Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest, check it out at www.oktoberfest.ca.
A long lost booklet, issued for an Oktoberfest celebration hosted by the Schwaben Club at Memorial Auditorium has recently been discovered. It shows that the Schwaben Club had hosted its own Oktoberfest as early as 1962. Our own Club wasn’t big enough to hold the event, so we rented the Aud. Click here to see a scanned pdf of the actual booklet. It contains a lot of interesting information about the Club, region and country as it was in 1961. An educational and fascinating read.
Oktoberfest is a fall festival that traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.
It began with a Royal Wedding on October 12th, 1810...
Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12th, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were renamed Theresienwiese ("Theresa’s Fields") to honor the new Crown Princess, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to "Wiesn". Horse races in the presence of the royal family marked the close of the event that was celebrated by the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in subsequent years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest continues in 1811...
In 1811, an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse races, which were the oldest and at one time, the most popular event of the festival are no longer held today. But the Agricultural Show is still held every three years during Oktoberfest on the southern part of the festival grounds.
More and more things to see and do...
In the first few decades, the choices of amusements were sparse. In 1818, the first carousel and two swings were set up. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands, which grew rapidly in number. In 1896, the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls were set up by the enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries. The remainder of the festival site was taken up by a fair. The range of carousels offered was already increasing rapidly in the 1870's as the fairground trade continued to grow and develop in Germany.
For more information on Germany’s Oktoberfest, check it out at www.oktoberfest.de.