The 55th annual Germania Oktoberfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, in the Brewery District.
The event is scheduled for 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Germania Club, 543 S. Front St. Admission is $5 Saturday and free Sunday.
As always, central Ohio's oldest Oktoberfest -- not to be confused with the Columbus Oktoberfest -- will offer German food and beer, bands, folk dancing and singing groups.
More than two dozen volunteers help prepare such dishes as German potato salad, bratwurst, sauerkraut, chicken, potato pancakes, Bavarian pretzels and a few choice desserts, all available at a reasonable prices, said Kathleen Megown, who handles publicity for the celebration.
"For one, it's the tradition people expect," she said of the fare. "But it's done so well."
A ceremonial tapping of the keg at 5 p.m. Saturday will kick off the Oktoberfest.
A German chorus will invite the audience to join in on some beer-related songs.
Megown said several different German beers will be served in an authentic outdoor bier garten, which has a grass area, a privacy fence and communal tables.
"You really feel like you're in a little part of Germany," she said. "It is unique."
Audience participation will be encouraged during the live music and some dance numbers, to be performed throughout the two days.
Children's activities also will be available, making the gala attractive to all generations, Megown said.
"Traditionally in Germany, festivals are a family event," she said. "So children are welcome. They really respond to the music."
Various German and Swiss choral groups from throughout central Ohio will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
"The idea is Germans and many Europeans love choral music and they have a tradition of getting together and they have many songs," Megown said.
"This is the heart of the entertainment."