From Munich to Minnesota, Oktoberfest festivals around the world will look different this year. The team at the GAI is hosting two great ways to celebrate our cherished Oktoberfest traditions that have brought people together for centuries. And just like the Munich original, our festival is held in September! Get a ticket to the exclusive Kaiser’s Biergarten at the GAI on Sunday, September 20, for an Oktoberfest celebration with authentic German beer, food, and entertainment (at safe social distance), or pick up everything you need to celebrate at home on Saturday, September 19.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Kaiser's Biergarten
Sunday, September 20 | Two seatings: 11 AM–1:30 PM or 2:30–5 PM

While we can’t bring thousands of Oktoberfest fans together for the legendary St. Paul Oktoberfest this year, you can still celebrate in style at our unique Biergarten fit for the Kaiser! In honor of St. Paul Oktoberfest’s long time patron, Bruce Larson (the “Kaiser”), the GAI is creating an exclusive Oktoberfest Biergarten experience on our beautiful grounds.

Tap your toes to music from the renowned Chmielewski Funtime Band while enjoying ktoberfest beer in an authentic 1-liter glass beer mug—the Munich Oktoberfest original from Paulaner! Our Biergarten experience includes a “kit” to enjoy at socially-distanced tables with local German pretzels, snacks, and tickets to win big at our special festival raffle. Make your reservation

Pick up your preordered Oktoberfest Take Home Kit 
Saturday September 19 | 4–7 PM

Visit the Haus on Saturday to pick-up your Oktoberfest Take Home Kits! For only $50 ($20 for Kinder kits), our Oktoberfest “to-go” will include three bottles of Paulaner beer (brewed once a year for Oktoberfest!), a small bottle of Jägermeister, an Aki pretzel, German potato salad and coleslaw, Bavarian nuts, and more! Order your kits

Live from the Biergarten with The Chmielewski Funtime Band
Sunday September 20 | 4 PM 

The Chmielewski Funtime Band is a local and international polka legend not to be missed! Led by accomplished accordionist Florian Chmielewski, the band is the product of a Polish-American family that has been making music together for over 137 years.  Originally from Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, Florian and his family have produced over 40 albums, appeared on countless TV and radio programs, and continue to perform a full program of touring and concerts near and far. The live concert is included in your Kaiser's Biergarten ticket or see the concert live on the GAI’s YouTube channel at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 20.

Join Oktoberfest Virtual Trivia 
Saturday September 19 | 7–8 PM

Do you know why Oktoberfest beer glasses are dimpled? Why is the official Oktoberfest in Munich (and St. Paul!) held in September? Tune in for the first-ever Oktoberfest Trivia Competition—virtually—and win some of the GAI’s limited-edition Oktoberfest Take Home Kits with authentic German beer and treats for your own celebration and bragging rights.  

Three rounds of questions every 20 minutes will be announced on the GAI’s Facebook page starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 19. Each round will have a winner who can pick up their “prize” kits at the GAI Haus on Sunday, September 20.

Oktoberfest Weekend Overview

Saturday, September 19
Oktoberfest Take Home Kit Pick-Up
4–7 PM  Order here

Saturday, September 19
Oktoberfest Virtual Trivia—with prizes!
7–8 PM  Find it here

Sunday, September 20
Kaiser’s Biergarten first seating
11 AM–1:30 PM  Reserve here

Sunday, September 20
Kaiser’s Biergarten second seating
2:30–5 PM  Reserve here

Sunday, September 20
Live streamed from the BiergartenThe Chimelewski Funtime Band
4 PM  Watch here

About Paulaner Oktoberfest beer
Paulaner Oktoberfest beer (sometimes called Wiesn) is a full bodied golden lager and the only beer served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents today. Not to be confused with Weissbier (wheat beer), Wiesn is wonderfully mellow with a balanced harmonious taste. It has a strong note of malt and the pleasant fragrance of hops. Get your liter at the Kaiser's Biergarten or bottles with our Take Home Kit.

Prost to a safer celebration! Volunteers are needed both Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.
We are following state and federal safety guidelines in all areas of the event, making volunteer and patron safety our highest priority. Support the GAI and have fun helping us keep the Oktoberfest spirit strong!
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