Discerning people want to know. Is there an Oktoberfest this year? Well, there wasn’t going to be; we missed it last year and thought that we would miss it again this year. However, in the spirit of positivity and ‘let’s get back to having some fun’, we are going for it. Saturday, September 25 11AM till 8PM. Party In The Street and all that.

We are continuing a food truck theme from up the street on that day too – at the Gardner Fall Festival. So it will be quite a day in downtown Gardner. Our press release is copied below with all of the details. Try to be there for the 11:30AM tapping of the Oktoberfest keg. It’s the only time all year you will hear me sing. If that’s your thing.

Oktoberfest “Party in the Street” at the Gardner Ale House

74 Parker St., Downtown Gardner, MA
Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Gardner’s own Moon Hill Brewing Co. at the Gardner Ale House, along with the City of Gardner, present their 15th Annual Oktoberfest “Party in the Street”. Admission for this event is free and open to all ages. Parker Street will be closed to traffic. This year the mayor and city council president will be presenting a mayoral proclamation, Hear Ye! Hear Ye! style. Can’t wait!

TAPPING THE OKTOBERFEST KEG 11:30 AM & Mayor’s Oktoberfest Proclamation!
The party begins at 11 AM with music and low-level mayhem. At 11:30 the ceremonial Tapping of the Keg proceeds in front of the Gardner Ale House. Gardner closes Parker Street for the day and a New Orleans Street Party atmosphere ensues, featuring craft beer brewed locally by Moon Hill Brewing Co. and authentic German fare. We will be awaiting the mayor’s proclamation!

Also, at 11:00 AM begins the Chair City Community Workshop’s Steamroller Printing project Gardner Makes! It’s a real adult steamroller making life size prints in the street, just like an old fashioned printing press!

According to Gardner Ale House and Moon Hill Brewing Co. owner Rick Walton, it’s also the Ale House’s 15th birthday. Mr. Walton says “We still feel like the new kids in town. That’s probably a good thing – don’t want to be figured for ‘old and in the way!’ “.

In partnership with the Fall Festival up the street, Oktoberfest will feature a food truck theme. Food Combi and Sweet & Savory food trucks will be on site from 11 AM till close in addition to 5 food trucks up the street. Also, Tie Dye by Grateful Dan will be selling the most beautiful tie dye items in the state, maybe the U.S.A.! And the very faithful and fun Acadian Club will staff a beer truck full of your favorite domestic and Canadian brews. And we have Glitter Tattoo coming! They were a big hit at the Food Truck Festival this summer – for kids and adults too. Get marked up!

This year’s musical lineup begins at 2:30 PM, just after the Steamroller Printing:

2:30 PM Kat Riggins puts on her “Blues Revival” Show.
4:15 PM Wildcat O’Halloran Continues the blues theme. A blue Monday favorite at the Ale House, Wildcat will continue the blues beat.
5:45 PM Hot Mess with local legends Brian Chaffee, AJ Sausville and Scott Babineau. Turning the corner from Blues to classic and original rock.
7:15 PM Dazed till Dawn More favorite locals. 6-piece classic rock closing band bringing it home.

Oktoberfest “Party in the Street” is located at the Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Downtown Gardner, MA.
Admission: Free, Open to All Ages
Event: Saturday, September 25, starts at 11:00 AM. Live Music is 2:30 – 8:30  PM.
For more information visit gardnerale.com or call (978) 669-0122.

Gardner Ale House
Moon Hill Brewing Co

74 Parker Street
Gardner, MA 01440

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