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Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00pm - Doors Open!

5:00pm - Ceremonial Keg Tapping
5:00pm - 6:45pm - Die Musikmeisters
7:00pm - 10:00pm - Hirsch

10:00pm - Doors Close!

Saturday, September 30, 2017
1:00pm - Doors Open!

1:00pm - Ceremonial Keg Tapping
1:15pm - 2:45pm - Pieptone!
German Dance Group: D’Waldstadttänzer
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Jimmy’s Bavarians
German Dance Group: D’Waldstadttänzer
5:15pm - 6:45pm - The Schnitzels 

German Dance Group: D’Waldstadttänzer
7:00pm - 10:00pm - The Bratwurst Brothers

10:00pm – Doors Close!

Sunday, October 1, 2017
1:00pm - Doors Open!

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Don Reitsma 
2:15pm - 3:40pm - Tom Brusky Band
German Dance Group: D’Waldstadttänzer
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Tom Brusky Band
German Dance Group: D’Waldstadttänzer
5:15pm - 6:00pm - Tom Brusky Band 

6:00pm - Doors Close!



**Get your ticket to Family Fun and enjoy the Carnival all weekend!



Meet the Entertainment


Die Musikmeisters

Die Musikmeisters have been performing around the Chicago area and the Midwest for over ten years. They have entertained for many festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations, German themed parties, weddings and corporate events. They continue to bring their extensive talents and Gemutlichtkeit to audiences throughout the year. They invite their friends and fans to join them in celebrating  the spirit of Oktoberfest! 



Hirsch has been providing German music for Chicago area audiences for more than 30 years. They regularly perform for many of the area Oktoberfests and fall festivals bringing ‘Schwung,  Unterhaltung und Gemuetlichkeit’ to audiences. 



Pieptone! is a pop band that plays Schlager (German: hits) and European radio hits and dusties from the 1950s through 70s, mainly in German but including Italian, French, and Swedish as well.  They liken their sets to what you might hear if you were cruising around Germany in a Volkswagen Beetle in 1962 listening to the radio: that's the Pieptone! sound.


Jimmy's Bavarians

Three-Time Grammy nominee Jimmy's Bavarian's, family-oriented, high-energy oompah Lederhosen band, old and new Munich music, 3-7 pieces, plus 12 foot Alphorn.


The Schnitzels

The Schnitzels have been performing for over 40 years in the Chicagoland area for a variety of venues. While Oktoberfest performances have become the norm for this group over the past few years, the band is actually comprised of three musicians who have gained their popularity in the Polish polka field. The popularity of Oktoberfest celebrations has brought these performers to expand their horizons to this fun-loving music with people of all ethnic origins enjoying this German tradition that originated in 1810. You can hear The Schnitzels doing Oktoberfest festivities at The Berghoff Restaurant and Mariano's grocery stores during the months of September and October.

The Bratwurst Brothers

This versatile act plays all the traditional German music that you want at your event, while still being able to play any hit tune from other genres if requested to.


Don Reitsma: Keyboard - Vocalist

Don Reitsma is an established entertainer having toured the United States, Europe, and Canada. He has performed on radio, television, and a wide variety of special events. He is a highly versatile musician; playing the keyboard, accordion, piano, and organ. Don will serenade you with his beautiful rich baritone voice - one of the finest in the Chicagoland area. 


Tom Brusky Band

Tom Brusky Band is an authentic, third-generation polka band from Milwaukee, carrying on the music of the great bands from the past. They can rile up a crowd with all the beer hall favorites like Roll Out the Barrel and Who Stole the Kishka, and strike sentimental chords with classic waltzes such as Waltz Across Texas and The Blue Skirt Waltz, but they actually boast a repertoire of over three-hunded polkas and waltzes. 



D' Waldstadttänzer is the German Society of Rockford's Bavarian Folk Dance Troupe. Their dance group performs at their events as well as other functions promoting the German cuture throughout the region. The German Society of Rockford has been serving the needs of the German community in the Rock River Valley since 1964. They are dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the cultural history of the German peoples.