Germania's Oktoberfest set for Sept. 15 and 16
The Germania Singing & Sport Society, a 146-year-old German cultural society, will hold its 54th Annual Oktoberfest Sept. 15 and 16.
Activities Sept. 15 are planned from 4 to 11:30 p.m. at the Germania Club, 543 S. Front St. in the heart of Columbus' Brewery District.
A keg-tapping ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman will participate in the ceremonial tapping of the first keg.
Sept. 16 activities will be held from noon to 8:30 p.m.
Admission Sept. 15 is $5 per person. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.
There will be no admission charged to attend activities Sept. 16.
The Germania Singing & Sport Society was founded in 1866 with the mission to retain and promote German culture including the practice and performance of German songs and singing styles.
Other activities at the Germania club include folk dancing, language classes and a cycling group.
The club's building is decorated with murals of Bavarian countryside.
Outside there is a large grass area and Bier Garten and organizers said those attending will get a chance to experience what it feels like to be in a German village at festival time.
The Germania's Oktoberfest was Columbus' original and is its oldest, organizers said.
Traditional Oktoberfest fare will be available and folk dancing, live music and a special performance by the Damenchor and Mannenchor (women and men's) choirs are also planned.
A German Auto Show will begin at noon Sept. 16, in the parking area adjacent to the Germania club.
A schedule of events can be found on the website germaniacolumbus.org.