Celebrate Saline’s German heritage with live music and beer during Oktoberfest

SALINE, MI – Live music and German beer will fill downtown Saline during its annual Oktoberfest.

Tickets for the event on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17 are $5 for those 21 and older. Under 21s enter for free. Admission tickets and drinks can be purchased on line.

The two-day event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, with its opening ceremony — the Tapping of the Golden Keg — beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jedi Mind Trip will play live music from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Gates to the festival open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with a variety of events taking place during the day, including a beer garden, kids’ area and more.

Festival food vendors will offer different types of cuisine like cinnamon rolls, mac and cheese, comfort food and more, said Holli Andrews, executive director of Saline Main Street.

The Deutscher Kleider competition and competition starts on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on the main festival stage. Competitors will compete for bragging rights by showing off their traditional German attire, such as dirndls and lederhosen. Those interested in participating can register in person at 4 p.m.

There is also a Hammerspiel tournament at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The German game has players take turns swinging on nails that are in a log. The first person to drive the head of the nail into the log wins.

Those interested must pay an entry fee of $5 to play. Registration is 5 p.m. in the Bier Garten area. The first winner of the tournament receives $100 in gift cards for businesses in downtown Saline, and the second wins $50 in gift cards.

Saturday’s musical lineup includes a performance by Fifty Amp Fuse from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Alongside the festival events, businesses in Saline plan to get into the spirit of Oktoberfest, which has something for everyone and is “a party everywhere,” Andrews said.

Find more information about Saline Oktoberfest here.

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