Grab your lederhosen and get your stein-hoisting arm ready: The Petrifying Springs Biergarten is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest Friday through Sunday (Sept. 20-22).

The event includes live music, German food and beer, Bavarian games and family activities. Admission is free; food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The celebration is in a county park — Petrifying Springs, 5555 Seventh St. — and Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser said the fall event at the Biergarten “has quickly become a great tradition at Petrifying Springs Park.”

“This will be another great weekend to ring in fall and celebrate our county’s German heritage,” Kreuser said. “And what better place to do this than the authentic Biergarten in beautiful Petrifying Springs Park?”

While the events begin with live music Friday evening, County Board Supervisor Amy Maurer will tap the ceremonial Oktoberfest keg at noon Saturday. Live music will continue throughout the afternoon and evening Saturday and on Sunday afternoon.

Established in 2017, the Petrifying Springs Biergarten is a private entity that operates under a lease agreement with Kenosha County Parks. It is located in Shelter No. 1, near the southern entrance to “Pets.”

Michael Grab, co-owner of the Biergarten, said he is excited to return with another Oktoberfest celebration.

“Whether you’re one of our many great, regular customers, or it’s your first time visiting the Biergarten, we look forward to celebrating Oktoberfest with you,” Grab said.

Schedule of events


Oktoberfest is 6 to 9 p.m., featuring live music from Aus der Heimat


Noon: Ceremonial keg tapping.

1 p.m.: Live music from the Southport Polka Band

3 p.m.: Bavarian games including barrel rolling, stein hoisting and a stein race

6 p.m.: Live music from Die Musikmeisters German Band


3 p.m.: Music by The Brothers Quinn

Food and beer offerings all three days include Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, roasted corn and more than a half dozen beers from Munich, plus local craft brews. There will also be “bouncy houses” for kids.

Note: This is an outdoor event, with a large tent providing coverage if it rains; there is also indoor seating in an open-air pavilion. More information about the Biergarten is available at www.facebook.com/petsbiergarten.

More Oktoberfest action

Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave., hosts its Oktoberfest celebration Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 21-22).

Kemper Center’s Oktoberfest returns on Sept. 28. The Dorf Kapelle German band performs from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance at the Kemper Center Main Office in Ambrose Hall.