Celebrating Oktoberfest in Chicago with SeniorsSeptember 15, 2023
Come mid-September, there is a change in the air—fall is on the horizon. To ring in the start of the season many have adopted a certain celebration: Oktoberfest. With roughly 15% of the population in the Chicago area made of those with German ancestry, it’s no surprise that Oktoberfest has grown to be a Chicago staple. Whether you are of German heritage or simply looking to enjoy the festivities, celebrating Oktoberfest in Chicago with seniors is a fantastic way to get out of the home for an afternoon outdoors.
What is Oktoberfest?
Over 200 years ago, the first Oktoberfest was held as a celebration of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria’s marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Since then, Oktoberfest has grown to be a commemoration of the final harvest before fall. Attendees enjoy the fruits of their labors through food, drink, and Bavarian culture.
Chicagoans have embraced this German celebration with a myriad of festivals across the city. While many think Oktoberfest is nothing more than beer gardens and bratwurst, they are sorely mistaken. There is plenty for older adults to enjoy and explore.
Oktoberfest celebrations for seniors to enjoy
With great food, live music, and cultural spectacles, there is something for those of every age to enjoy. To celebrate Oktoberfest this year, consider attending one of these events in the Chicago area. If rowdy crowds are a concern, arriving earlier in the day should make it easier for you to navigate the event and still enjoy the experience.
Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus
As the 20th annual celebration of Bavarian culture, Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus knows a thing or two about what makes Oktoberfest so great. Here, seniors can enjoy classic Bavarian cuisine, two stages of live music, and fun with vendors. This is a ticketed event, so keep that in mind before you arrive.
Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo
For those in the suburbs who don’t want to deal with fighting Chicago traffic, head to the Brookfield Zoo for authentic food and beer. For those who want a more relaxed experience, visitors can enjoy traditional polka music throughout the afternoon. What’s more—you could bring your grandchildren along to then tour the zoo and visit the animals. The Oktoberfest event is free, but guests must pay general admission to the zoo.
Oktoberfest on Division Street
Division Street is full of great festivals year-round, and Oktoberfest is no exception! Hosted by two local establishments, The Lodge Tavern and Shenanigans, attendees are invited to enjoy German music, games, and of course, enjoy the menus provided by both bars.
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