Three cheers for beer! Celebrate your favourite brews at OktoberFest Muskoka.
Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, gather your kumpels, and practice your prost! — Oktoberfest Muskoka is almost here!
This annual celebration of local Muskoka brews, happening October 20-23, 2022, is chock-full of fall fun, from an oompah band, live music, and trivia to fabulous German fare — think schnitzel, bratwurst, giant pretzels, and more! — and special-edition suds made just for the occasion.
It’s All About the Beer
OktoberFest wouldn’t be OktoberFest without its main attraction: beer.
Throughout OktoberFest Muskoka, each of Muskoka’s six breweries will be offering up their take on classic Oktoberfest brews:
- Märzen lager from Canvas Brewing Co.;
- Kölsch and Weizenbock from Clear Lake Brewing Co.;
- Days & Nights (German-style pilsner), Giorni e Notti (Italian pilsner), and Fest (amber Festbier) from Katalyst Brewing Co.;
- German Altbier from Lake of Bays Brewing Co.;
- German-style Festbier from Muskoka Brewery; and
- Sägemehl Stadt (a malt-forward Märzen lager) from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Stop in for a sample or take some home to extend your OktoberFest celebrations. While you’re there, take a brewery tour to see how it all came together. (Be sure to check each brewery’s website for tour availability before you go.)
Flavourful OktoberFest Fare
If you think food takes a backseat to beer during OktoberFest, think again! Participating local eateries are serving up mouth-watering meals in the German tradition, just begging to be washed down with complementary brews.
During OktoberFest Muskoka, you’ll find delectable delights like bratwurst pizza or bratwurst on a bun, soft pretzels served up with cheesy ale sauce or a hearty mustard, pork schnitzel, rouladen, leberknödelsuppe, schweinebraten, and sauerkraut as far as the eye can see!
And for dessert? Classic black forest cake and apple strudel will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Get Your Groove On
Kick off OktoberFest in style at Clear Lake Brewing Co. with the Happy Wanderers, the über oompah pah band, taking the stage on Thursday, October 20 from 2-4pm followed by a follow up performance at Muskoka Bay Resort in Gravenhurst that night. The Happy Wanderers will also be at Canvas Brewing Co. on October 21 from 1-2 p.m., at the Bala Legion on October 21 from 7-9 p.m., back at Canvas Brewing Co. on October 22 from 1-2 p.m., and wrap up their OktoberFest Muskoka tour at the Port Carling Legion from 7-9 p.m. on October 22.
Throughout the weekend, look for live tunes from local musicians like Sean Cotton, Marlon Gibbons, Gary Graham, James Gray, Eddy Hess, Rich Howard, Christina Hutt, Sawyer Lance, Leah Leslie, Mike Lopez, Charlie McKittrick, Shawn Mei, Cassie Noble, Tobin Spring, Peter Wainwright, and Fraser Wayne, and test your Oktoberfest knowledge at Canvas Brewing Co.’s trivia night. (Brush up on some of the annual celebration’s history below!)
See the Muskoka Oktoberfest online schedule for food specials, live music, and more, no tickets required.
Sprechen sie Deutsch?
Even if you don’t speak German, you’ll look like a pro if you come to Muskoka Oktoberfest armed with some common German phrases, fit for the occasion.
Greet your friends with a hearty Servus! (hello!) before you take in the festivities.
Offer up a toast with a simple Prost! (cheers!) or Zum wohl! (good health!) before tipping back your brew.
Or ramp up the fun with a group cheer of Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa! (one, two, three, drink!).
And don’t forget to say danke schön (thank you very much) to your server.
Where it All Began
You have the celebration of a German royal wedding in 1810 to thank for the current-day Oktoberfest.
When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Sassonia-Hildburghausen, all of Munich was invited for a celebration of their nuptials, including a horse race and a feast.
The next year, the horse race returned, paired with an agricultural fair, and the Oktoberfest tradition began. It grew to include carnival rides, chicken roasteries, and huge beer tents, additions which continue to this day (although the horse race was discontinued in 1960).
Today, the German Oktoberfest attracts more than six million people during its two-week celebration, and the tradition has spread to other countries to captivate beer lovers the world over.
Are you ready? Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa!
For more information, visit oktoberfestmuskoka.ca.
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