'Oaktoberfest' hits Oak Park this weekend

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers can welcome October early with the 21st annual Oaktoberfest in downtown Oak Park this weekend, Sept. 14-15.

Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, guests can enjoy a variety of live music, fall foods from local restaurants, specialty microbrews and a kids' root beer garden. Other activities, like the zucchini race will offer a chance for kids to create and race their own zucchini cars. The kids' area also features a traveling zoo, karaoke, games and other activities.

Seasonal favorites and international specialties such as pulled pork sandwiches, smoked corn on the cob, brats, chicken kabobs and more from Luo's Peking House, Mancini's, Puree's, Golden Lamb, Khyber Pass, Jerusalem Cafe, Sugar Fixe, Barclay's American Grille, Aripo's Venezuelan Arepa House, and OPRF Chamber of Commerce.

The fest is located on Marion Street between Lake and North Boulevard and on North Boulevard between Marion and Forest.

Live music starts at 4 p.m. Friday and runs until 10 p.m. Music runs from noon-10 p.m. Saturday. For a full line up, check out Downtown Oak Park's website.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

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Posted: September 22nd, 2012 8:37 AM

They could also use lot more food dinning tables in the back. If you have a large food presence, then you should accommodate people to sit and eat especially with kids. As for the food options, where was the German fare? Isnt it Oktoberfest?

Gotta Go Gotta Go from Oak Park  

Posted: September 17th, 2012 4:29 PM

I love this festival, it's my favorite of the year. The family went both days. However, I have a major gripe, the porta potty situation was sorely lacking!Only 6 for all of those people? The lines were incredibly long, and definitely curtailed this festival goers beer drinking. I could have sworn there were twice that many porta pottys last year. That was a major frustration. Wonder if the money they saved on porta pottys was worth it. Not cool DTOP, not cool.


Posted: September 16th, 2012 8:56 PM

the permit signs were pretty obvious.


Posted: September 15th, 2012 10:38 PM

Chances are people who use those permit spots need to park somewhere too, even during the big events.

Bruce DeViller from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 6:06 PM

Forest Park has parking restrictions, and Starbucks, and Subway, and Jimmy John's, and McDonald's. Walk to Oak Brook for a similar, but free experience.

Jay from Oak Park  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 10:11 AM

How large of a sign would you like?

Geo from River Forest  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 12:21 AM

Had a lovely night at Oakoberfest and came back to my car to find a $30 ticket. I was happy to find a spot over 5 blocks away but an obscure sign said permit parking for 6pm to sometime in the morning. You'd think with a big evening event they wouldn't ticket til midnight, or after the festival goers have left. I rarely park in Oak Park and spend my money in forest park and elsewhere because of this. We walk or ride bikes to avoid tickets but was running late this yr. I HATE OP BECAUSE OF THIS!

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