Oktoberfest to return to Ames on Saturday


Courtesy of the Ames Cultural District.

Ames Main Street Oktoberfest will be returning to downtown Ames this Saturday.

Andi Schieszler

Ames Main Street Oktoberfest will be returning to downtown Ames for the fourth year on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Oktoberfest is available to anyone that is over 21 years old and will be located on Main Street. Oktoberfest will feature Polka music, games, beer and traditional German food.

“We wanted a way to showcase all downtown had to offer,” said Cindy Hicks, the director of the Main Street Cultural District.

Employees of the Main Street Cultural District decided to create an Oktoberfest as a way to gather together and sample some of what Ames has to offer. Local businesses, including First National Bank, London Underground and Café Diem, are sponsoring the event, giving people a chance to sample items from the breweries and stores.

Oktoberfest will be held on the 200-block of Main Street, which will be closed for the event. 

Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. guten tag, or good day, games will be available to teams of two. Hammerschlagen, a game where players try to quickly hammer a nail into a log, and keg bowling will be featured this year.

Beer sampling will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are 20 different beers to choose from, and 10 samples will cost $10. Commemorative cups will be available while supplies last.

From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be polka music playing. Pie in the Sky’s performance and street dancing will begin at 8 p.m. Oktoberfest will end at 1 a.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

For more information visit the Oktoberfest Facebook page or the Ames Cultural District website