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Greetings from the Region of Waterloo

Dear Friends:

This Region celebrates the many cultures that have made it the cosmopolitan community it is today. October is our chance to relax and enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, a reminder that we have strong German roots in Waterloo Region.

There are so many activities across the Region that there is something for everyone – whether you live in the Region or are a visitor.  Relax, take part, and enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest as it unfolds in 2016.
Have a great Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest!!

Ken Seiling
Regional Chair

Welcome from the City of Kitchener!

On behalf of my council colleagues and the citizens of the City of Kitchener, I would like to extend a warm “Willkommen” to everyone attending the 50th annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, October 5 through 13, 2018.

During this nine-day celebration, you will have a chance to experience the rich German heritage of our founders in our increasingly vibrant, energetic city. It’s an amazing cultural experience with opportunities for fun and celebration of the harvest in abundance.

I want to thank all of the dedicated staff and volunteers, generous sponsors and enthusiastic supporters who make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest so successful. Organizing a festival as large as Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the second largest Bavarian festival in the world, with more than 700,000 ‘festers, requires more than 500 volunteers, as well as community and service club members to ensure the festival runs smoothly.

More than 40 Family and Cultural events will be taking place throughout our region during the festival. I hope to see you and your family at the Opening Ceremonies on October 5th, the Thanksgiving Day Parade on October 8, or at one of the Festhallen located throughout the region. Oktoberfest ist Wunderbar!

Berry Vrbanovic
Mayor, City of Kitchener

A Warm Willkommen from the Council and Citizens of Waterloo!

On behalf of council and the citizens of the City of Waterloo, it is truly a pleasure to extend a warm “Willkommen” to everyone attending Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest, running October 5 – 13, 2018.

Culture is the heartbeat of our community. When people gather to enjoy the fun and excitement of a high caliber event our city is truly at its best. Waterloo is steeped in tradition, and no other festival brings out our heritage roots like Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. This celebration of German food, music and festivities ist “Wunderbar”!

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is the largest Bavarian festival in North America. We hope that you will take some time during this nine-day fête to explore all that Waterloo has to offer. From world-class recreational facilities and inviting parks and trails to excellent library services, wonderful galleries and museums – Waterloo boast a vibrant cultural lifestyle our residents and visitors have grown to love.

So welcome to Waterloo and thank you for spending time with us. I know you’ll have an incredible time experiencing the spirit of “Gemuetlichkeit” and will leave the festival with many wonderful stories to share.

Dave Jaworsky
Mayor, City of Waterloo
Welcome from the City of Cambridge!

‘Willkommen’ to our community!

As we celebrate the 50th Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, it’s important to recognize the huge impact this festival has on our region. The volunteer support is a testament to our community spirit and family focus. Enjoy the wealth of activities as we share our cultural pride, rich heritage, and showcase our natural beauty to the thousands who join in on the festivities.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest provides a wonderful opportunity to partake in the finest events, traditional dining experiences and entertainment; it’s about friends, family and tradition.

While in the region, take an opportunity to explore Cambridge, visit our Cambridge Bavaria Haus at the Newfoundland Club or join me and members of Cambridge City Council for our Community Oktoberfest Luncheon on Wednesday, October 3rd.

We extend our appreciation to the dedicated staff, volunteers and generous sponsors who make Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest so successful each and every year. Oktoberfest is Wunderbar!

Doug Craig
Mayor, City of Cambridge