President’s Message


Welcome to the 50th Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Each year over 500 volunteers from the community welcomes guests from around the world to our annual Bavarian festival.

We invite you to take part in over 40 Family and Cultural events where all are welcome. Activities such as Cooking Like Oma where children learn to make their own pretzels; the Miss Oktoberfest Gala Ball where our ambassador, Miss Oktoberfest, is chosen from a group of amazing, talented, local candidates; the Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race, the Annual Oktoberfest Car show and the nationally televised Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is YOUR opportunity to be part of our Bavarian family during the nine-day festival.

Festhallen partners are looking forward to sharing true Bavarian hospitality and the spirit of Gemuetlichkeit with you and over 700,000 of our closest friends. Many people return each year to connect with family and friends while enjoying some apple strudel and schnitzel over a cold beer.

Many thanks to our sponsors, business partners and all levels of government for their continued support, which ensures the success of the Festival as it continues to play a significant role in the economic growth of our region.

You won’t want to miss this year’s festival!!

WHY? Because Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo ist…………..WUNDERBAR!

Margo Jones

President, 2017 – 2018
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.