The Essen Haus is celebrating its 30th consecutive Oktoberfest, one of the longest running Oktoberfest events in Madison and all of Wisconsin. The occasion encompasses Wisconsin’s German heritage, traditional foods and beers, and top polka bands. Keeping with Madison’s love for local, there will be numerous artists from around the area presenting their works and offering activities and prizes for attendees, ranging from kid-friendly face painting to portraits and photos in traditional German garb.
We have the area’s best Oktoberfest musicians for our anniversary event. Music kicks off Thursday night with the groovy, fan-favorite Copper Box from Oshkosh. By Friday, the traditional music begins with local polka legend Steve Meisner at 8:30pm. On Saturday, Essen Haus beloved Jason Rowe gets the party moving at noon, and the 32 person polka wind ensemble Dorf Kapelle is set to follow. Back again by popular demand is Steve Meisner to finish off the three-daylong celebration of 30 years of Oktoberfest at the Essen Haus.
Activities include pie eating contests, beer races, hammerschlagan (the stump game), and face painting, to name a few. There will be only the best Oktoberfest foods, from pig and chicken roast to warm pretzels and sauerkraut. As always, we have 16 German beers on tap, including many Oktober beers, and the parking is free and there’s no cover charge.