September 17, 2022
The countdown to Lee’s Summit Chamber’s Oktoberfest begins! Transport yourself to the heart of Munich with all the excitement of this wundervoll fall festival in Downtown Lee’s Summit.
This year’s Oktoberfest, presented by Central Bank, runs from 5–11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 and continues 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The carnival remains open from noon-4 p.m. Sunday for wristband day — $25 all you can ride! Enjoy authentic German food and dancing, home brew tasting, Kids Street, premier arts and crafts fair, Biergarten, carnival, continuous live entertainment, the stein hoisting competition and much more.
Oktoberfest would not be complete without the excitement in the Volkerzelt (The People’s Tent). The Volkerzelt, located at 220 SE Main St., is the place to hang out for German food, music, and a lot of crazy fun! German meals, including pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, red cabbage and more are served in the Volkerzelt from 5–9 p.m. Friday and 4–9 p.m. Saturday. And new this year, join us for community bingo from 9:30-11 p.m. – free to play!
Performing on the Community Stage, next to the Volkerzelt, is The Schuhplattler Verein Blautaler Dancers, Polka on Steroids and the Alpen Spielers. These exciting groups are a blast to watch as they lead German dances and pull the audience into the fun.
Two stages of entertainment run ongoing throughout the festival: the Main Stage sponsored by McCarthy Chevrolet and the Community Stage, sponsored by Aristocrat Motors Lee’s Summit. Don’t miss theheadliners this year Dolewite and Cherry Bomb both preforming on the Main Stage! Visit LSoktoberfest.com for complete entertainment schedules.
Saddle up in the Biergarten from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday for the People’s Choice Home Brew Tasting event and taste the refreshing creations of our local home brewers! Brewers will serve up samples of their best home brews while attendees vote on their favorites. Tickets cost $30 and include a tasting glass for sampling as many beers as you can in three hours (home brews only). Directly following the home brew event at 2 p.m. is the Stein Hoisting Competition featured on the Main Stage! Sign up to test your strength by hoisting a full liter stein at arm’s length without spilling. One male and one female will be crowned. Register at LSoktoberfest.com.
Sports fan? Grab your friends and make sure to stop by the Sportzelt, sponsored by Lee’s Summit Honda and Lee’s Summit Subaru. With all of the big screen TVs, beer and brats you won’t miss a minute of the action.
Take your kiddos for a stroll down Kids Street, sponsored by AAFMAA, for crafts, games, activities and a whole lot more.
And lastly, don’t miss the premier Arts & Crafts Fair featuring local and regional artists displaying unique handmade crafts, collectibles and original works of art. Vendors such as MADdenim, Lola’s Bags, McNary’s Furniture and Restoration and more will showcase their talents for the public to view and purchase. Over 80 vendors in total!
So welcome one and all to the season of sizzling bratwursts and sounds of oom-pah! Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and head to Downtown Lee’s Summit Sept. 23-24, 2022. For more information, visit LSoktoberfest.com.
Oktoberfest is organized by the Lee’s Summit Chamber. The Lee’s Summit Chamber was incorporated in 1968 and is a member-supported organization of businesses dedicated to creating opportunities for business success through networking, advocacy, and business and professional development. For additional information, call the Chamber at 816-524-2424 or visit LSchamber.com.