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Oktoberfest? Ja bitte! (Yes, please!)

Michael Christie

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Feb 22 3 minutes read

It’s billed as the largest Bavarian festival outside of Germany, and with good reason. Kitchener-Waterloo’s German roots grow deep and strong, resulting in an Oktoberfest celebration that can’t be beat.

For nine days from Oct. 6-14, thousands will check out the more than 40 family and cultural events, watch the greatest Thanksgiving Day parade in Canada, and, of course, enjoy many great brews – all of it supporting more than 70 charities and not-for- profit organizations in the area.

Whew!

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Opening ceremonies: With the official keg tapping & free lunch at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in Cambridge; at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in Waterloo; and 11:15 a.m. Oct. 6 in Kitchener.

Victorian Thanksgiving: Experience a Victorian-era harvest season at Woodside, the boyhood home of former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. The grounds are ablaze with fall colours, perfect for a picnic, an afternoon stroll or picture taking.

Gathering Place: Daily entertainment, displays, and activities, food and beverages at Willkommen Platz.

Fashion Show: The A Blooming Affair Fashion Show takes place Oct. 4 showcasing the area’s leading independent retailers.

For a quieter way to celebrate Thanksgiving, how about spending an afternoon in the country at Westfield Heritage Village? On Oct. 8 & 9 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., the pioneer village celebrates the season with authentically costumed volunteers. Explore the grounds and buildings and learn about early Canadian life.

Or be a part of a century-old Guelph tradition by taking part in or cheering on participants in the Guelph Thanksgiving Day Races in support of the Guelph General Hospital Foundation. This really is an event for everyone, with past participants ranging from two years old to 91!

Of course, there’s also turkey dinner to consider, with many places offering a traditional dinner for those who don’t want to make their own.

But whatever you decide, enjoy this time with friends and family!

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