About our Fest…
Join us as we celebrate the oldest and most authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest in the Midwest right here in Glendale, Wisconsin, located just minutes from downtown Milwaukee and a short distance from beautiful Lake Michigan. Oktoberfest, modeled just like the one held in Munich, Germany, is held every September on the four weekends following Labor Day. Continuous entertainment from 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday includes traditional German brass bands, Schuhplatter folk dancing, singing, yodeling, sing-alongs and dancing for everyone.
Delicious and authentic German food is available at Oktoberfest. Dinners of broiled chicken, Oktoberfest bratwurst or spanferkel (young pig spit roasted over an open pit), include potato salad, coleslaw and bread. Rollbraten (sliced pork roast on a Kaiser roll), hot dogs, pretzels and sweet roasted almonds are available. Come and see how we roast our pigs and chickens right out on an open pit, freshly seasoned and ready for you to eat right off the spit. Desserts include fruit strudel, tortes and assorted homemade cakes. Get in line early for your Bienenstich or "Bee sting cake", which is a German dessert made of a sweet yeast dough with a baked-on topping of caramelized almonds and filled with a vanilla custard, Butter cream or cream. Of course there's plenty of beer on tap imported and domestic - as well as wine, soft drinks and coffee. There are traditional German imported gifts and souvenirs sold at the park as well. The main festivities take place in our Bavarian Fest Garten - an Alpine style pavilion equipped with weather curtains on the open sides. Picnic tables and benches seat up to 2000 under the trees in the Park which is situated right along the Milwaukee River. There is open green space and an area for children to play. There is something for everyone!
Willkommen und Ein Prosit!
Recent Changes and History
On March 11, 2010 Friends of the Bavarian Soccer Club, LLC acquired the 15 acre complex and park that houses Oktoberfest. The land was purchased from Deutsches Land, Inc., an entity comprised of five German clubs including the Bavarian Soccer Club. Due to economic hardships experienced throughout the restaurant/hospitality industry during the current recession, Deutsches Land was unable to maintain profitable operations of the restaurant and park and sought out an arrangement with the soccer club to acquire the property. This transaction has ensured that one of Milwaukee's treasures, Oktoberfest, continues on for years to come. Members of the United German Societies still plan and work on Oktoberfest throughout the entire year to deliver to our community one of the most outstanding ethnic festival you will find. The Friends of the Bavarian Soccer Club, LLC has made improvements to the park this summer including our newly constructed Gazebo and upgraded bar areas. The Inn that housed the restaurant and bar is currently closed to the general public but is used by the member clubs of the United German Societies for meetings, fellowship, dancing and singing. The bar, restaurant and banquet areas may be open in the future as many deferred maintenance projects are being addressed. Stay tuned for more information on that area of our operation.
Worried about the fate of the property and the soccer club, a group of soccer club parents got together to purchase the property. The plan was to lease the property to the Bavarian Soccer Club and find a tenant for the Park and Bavarian Inn. After many years of negotiating with German breweries who were interested in an American presence but were unable to commit, the group decided to move forward as an independent because they found a couple who had experience opening and operating a major German brewery name in America. The group was excited to take the good concept elements from their experience and add new creative ideas that were restricted with franchise breweries.
Thus, was born the Bavarian Bierhaus. We are told that walking into our beer Hall feels like they have walked into a beer hall in Germany. Rich woods, natural light, live music and our reminiscent mural of Munich bring it to life with the magnificent brewery as the backdrop. This is only one of many elements that make the Bierhaus special.
Oktoberfest will now be operated by the Bierhaus. As fortune has it, the operators were able to participate in the planning and operation of the 2015 Oktoberfest and plan on keeping many of the traditional Oktoberfest elements in place so guests of the past will still feel welcomed as guests of the future. The United German Societies will still have a presence at Oktoberfest.
The focus is always quality whether we are talking about the beer, food or service.
We want to always be inviting and give our guests a great time.