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Oktoberfest Saturday

Friday, Oct. 14th: 4pm - 10pm | Saturday, Oct. 15: 11am - 10pm | Sunday, Oct. 16: 11am - 4pm

“O' Zapft is” at Canterbury Park! Get ready for Oktoberfest at the Track with brews, brats, traditional Entertainment and activities all Weekend long. Celebrate the arrival of fall during this three day German beerhall experience right here in Shakopee.

Brews | Good Eats | Live Music | Games

Get ready to Polka the evening away in your best German attire on Friday and Saturday and bring the whole Family out for even more German Festival fun on Sunday. Explore everything the “Wiesn” has to offer, with specialty vendors, games and contests, and authentic traditions for a unique experience at Canterbury Park.

Live Entertainment

Free and Easy is a Minnesota Legendary Band that went into the MN Music Hall of fame in 2008. FnE cut their teeth on Santana, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and all things funky, and cover today's hottest artists. If you want to take a walk on the retro side you’ll love their Prince Medley and might see a little Michael Jackson break out! Free & Easy features David Rodriguez Lead Vocals/Guitar, Jimmy Rodriguez on vocals/drums, Dick Hiebeler on bass/vocals, Ed Meddock Keyboard and a blazing horn section led by Jake Kobberdah (lead trumpet), along with Tim Kraft on reeds and Quentin Volk (trumpet). They have a hip, edgy talented team of amazing young lead vocalists including Brent Rice (formerly “The Voice) and Jeff Skidmore vocalist extraordinaire who bring a hip and edgy sophistication to their music. With their unique takes on Timberlake, Bruno Mars/Silk Sonic, Pit Bull, Chris Stapleton and many other soulful artists of today. FNE’s appeal extends from the Millennial's and Gen-Xer’s up to the Baby Boomers and are designed to take you to a high energy, great music listening AND dancing experience! This is one show that will knock you out....The music, the talent, the energy and the groove is too serious!!
The Riverbend Dutchmen band from Mankato, Minnesota was formed in 2009 by bandleader Kris Keltgen. The band blends an up-tempo beat with the traditional dutchmen style made famous by so many of the great dutchmen bands from Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Riverbend Dutchmen typically perform as a 6 piece band, but often perform as a 7 or 8 piece band for larger venues. This at a time when many of the larger bands are disappearing in favor of three or four piece bands. "I've always appreciated the versatility of a robust horn section", says Kris. Other band members include Crystal Malek on drums, Bill Bardon and Mike Budin on tuba, Rick Keane, Jens Jensen, and Myron Muehlbauer rounding out the horn section. The late Dick Ginn, former host of the Bandwagon program also played with the band until succumbing to cancer in April of 2013. "I've always been fortunate to have been surrounded by such talented musicians and mentors", said Kris in a recent newspaper interview.
The Elk River German Band was formed about thirty years ago when several musicians assembled to play for a community function. Since then the band has grown to its present size of ten musicians including nine instrumentalists and a female vocalist. The band bears the name of its hometown of Elk River, Minnesota, a small community located about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The majority of members reside in the south-central region of Minnesota. Present membership includes both amateur and professional musicians.

The band has played at festivals in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, including the Oktoberfest and Heritagefest in New Ulm, MN, the Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest, and Germanfests in Milwaukee and Sioux Falls, SD. Also, in 1994 the band conducted a two-week performance tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Activities and Contests

Prove your strength during our traditional Bavarian Masskrugstemmen (“beer-stein holding”) contest. Participants will be holding a one-liter stein of beer in one outstretched arm for as long as possible. A filled stein weighs roughly five pounds and must be kept parallel to the ground at all times. Any spilling leads to immediate disqualification! The person who holds theirs out for the longest time, wins.
Show off your traditional attire during our Best German Dressed Contest! If you think you are the best dressed in the building - sign up! Participants outfits must fit the category of German dressed, however modern spins on traditional dress are welcome! The crowd as well as our MC will decide on the winner.
Sign your team of two up for the Cornhole tournaments during Oktoberfest weekend, with enough boards for up to 16 teams! You can enjoy an ice cold beer while playing everyone's favorite party game.
Tournament times: 1:45PM, 6:15PM
Sponsored by Floyd's Barber Shop
Enter your beard (or mustache) for a chance to win a prize for "Best Beard", "Best Partial Beard", or "Best Moustache"! Simply visit the Floyd's Barber Shop booth to sign up and enter the competition.

Live Polka Lessons!

Let the Dance MPLS instructors show you how to spin around - polka style! Free Polka dance instructions will be available during Saturday's Oktoberfest. Learn the steps and then hit the dancefloor to Polka the night away.
Dance lessons will run from 2:45PM - 3:15PM.


Show off your strength with this German Festival Classic! The High Striker will be available all weekend for everyone to prove their strongman abilities.

Food and Beverage

Canterbury Park Oktoberfest will offer a variety of beers, including:
  • Summit
  • Lift Bridge Oktoberfest
  • Badger Hill Brewing
  • Schell's
Not a beer drinker? No problem! A Full bar will be available with cocktails, seltzers, etc.

Enjoy some authentic German fare with everything from Brats to Bavarian Pretzels out of Canterbury's own kitchen as well as from our specialty vendors, offering desserts, classic fair favorites and unique food options.

Want to become a Vendor?

Do you sell authentic German Items? Do you make German food? Do you own a small business that sells specialty items? If you think that your business could fit into our Oktoberfest weekend, please contact Mel Stramm under for more information or fill out our Vendor Registration Form:

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