The Ravenswood United Church of Christ, 2050 W. Pensacola Ave., is holding a “family-friendly” oktoberfest celebration this Sunday, October 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It’ll have beer, but a different emphasis than with some other German festivals in the area.
“Kids and families,” says Pastor Jason Coulter. “A lot of people think of Oktoberfest as beer and sausage. It can be that, but German culture is so rich. Seeing kids dance the polka is great. Just trying to introduce Oktober fest as more manageable for families than the festivals in Lincoln Square can be. Speaking from experience for my family, this is a small-scale festival, but we’re not so uptight and righteous that we can’t enjoy a good beer and a bratwurst.”
A small congregation by most standards, Ravenswood UCC has run festivals in previous years, attracting around 120 people each year. “But we’re trying to make it bigger and better, in the grand sceme of making all things bigger and better at Ravenswood,” says Pastor Coulter.
The festival will feature a kids area, with a bounce castle, and face painting. Live German music with The Phenix Band.
- Food! Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Chicken, Pretzels, Desserts and More
- Beer! Harvest Ale courtesy of Goose Island Brewery
- Fun! Raffles, Door Prizes and Games (Inflatable Bouncy!) for the Kids
Entrance donation is $5 (kids under 12 free).