Live Entertainment, Food & German Fun at Oktoberfest

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 Pinnacle 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. Enjoy Kids Street, arts and crafts, authentic German meals, home brew tasting, Biergarten, carnival, continuous live entertainment, dog and baby contests, Rootbiergarten, the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition, German dancers and much more.

Oktoberfest would not be complete without the excitement and entertainment in the Biergarten. The Biergarten is the place to hang out for food, music, dancing and a lot of crazy fun! The Schuhplattler Verein Blautaler of Kansas City leads the dances and pulls the audience into the fun. German meals, including pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, red cabbage and more, are served in the Biergarten from 5–9 p.m. Friday and 4–9 p.m. Saturday.

Saddle up in the Biergarten from noon-3 p.m. Saturday for the People’s Choice Home Brew Tasting event and taste the refreshing creations of our local home brewers! More than 25 participants will serve up samples of their best home brews while attendees vote on their favorites. Tickets cost $20 and include a tasting glass for sampling as many beers as you can in three hours (home brews only). Register at

Following the Home Brew Tasting Event is the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition, back for its second year. At 3 p.m., competitors will test their strength by hoisting a full liter stein at arm’s length without spilling. One male and one female will be crowned.
New this year is the Oktoberfest Grape Stomp! Head to Howard Station Park at 4 p.m. Saturday to catch the action. Celebrity participants will stomp grapes with their bare feet in a race to get the most juice. Winners will be crowned in the men’s and women’s rounds as “King & Queen of the Vineyard.”

Sports fan? Make sure to stop by the Sportzelt, sponsored by the Rob Ellerman Real Estate Sales Team and Prime Lending, a Plains capital company. With all of the big screen TVs, beer and brats you won’t miss a minute of the action.

Two stages of entertainment run ongoing throughout the festival: the Main Stage sponsored by McCarthy Chevrolet and the Community Stage, sponsored by the Missouri Army National Guard. Headliners include SouthTown, The Kaopectones and more! Visit for complete entertainment schedules.

Take your kiddos for a stroll down Kids Street, sponsored by Sky Zone, for crafts, games, pony rides, mini golf, a petting zoo and a whole lot more. Also back by popular demand is the famous Rootbiergarten. Kids 12 and under can enjoy their own bubbly beverage at no cost, thanks to our sponsor U.S. Bank.

As always, the juried Arts and Crafts Fair features local and regional artists displaying unique handmade crafts, collectibles and original works of art. Vendors showcase their talents for the public to view and purchase.

Get your tikes and pups in on the fun by entering the Baby Contest, sponsored by Summit Modern Dentistry, or the Dog Contest (open to all breeds), sponsored by Doggy Stylz. Both contests will take place on Saturday of the festival. Additional details and registration forms can be found at

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, 2016. For more information, visit

Oktoberfest is organized by the Lee's Summit Chamber. The Lee’s Summit Chamber was incorporated in 1969 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