Celebrating Fall: Inaugural Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest Planned Featured

A stein hoisting competition, a Dachsund Dash, and a tented Biergarten are just some of the events on tap for the inaugural Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest. The event, set for Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m., is hosted by 3o1 Bistro and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority. 

The Bavarian style festival is a fundraiser to benefit the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground to be built in Sokol Park. According to organizers and Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports, “The playground will be a focal point and asset to our community and the event will provide a fun time while providing awareness of the benefits and need for this type of playground.” 

Activities will include the Buffalo Rock Pepsi stage featuring Oompah-Calypse, an Oktoberfest band, and a second authentic Americana band. A tented Biergarten with traditional long tables, a chicken dance competition, and a selfie station will add to the fun. 

A Dachshund Dash and costume contest will benefit the Metro Animal Shelter. Attendees are encouraged to bring their Dachshund (or Dachshund-mix) to participate, otherwise dogs are not allowed. Organizers request advance Dachshund registration to allow for all pets to be accommodated. To register your pup, visit metroanimalshelter.org.   

9Round Fitness is sponsoring a stein hoist competition. Prizes will be awarded to the person(s) holding a signature beer stein for the longest period of time. A beer purchase is required to participate. 

Booths featuring local artists and their wares for sale will be an additional feature of the event. Artist booth details are available by visiting www.tcpara.org/oktoberfest and clicking on the artist application button. 

A $10 entrance fee gains attendees’ entrance to the event and a stein. Children, ages 12 and under and accompanied by a ticketed adult, are admitted free. Authentic German beer, sausages, and pretzels and more 3o1 fare will be available for purchase. 

Playground designers indicate this will be the largest inclusive playground in the southeast. According to PARA officials, “This will be the coolest, most unique playground around. Unique in that children with disabilities and typical children can play together and cool in its design and features.” 

PARA, 3o1 Bistro, and event sponsors encourage everyone to come out and be a part of the first Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest to benefit the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground. Prost!

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