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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

Hitting at a time “when music genres are blurring – and maybe don’t even matter anymore” – the Devon Worley Band might show up on Spotify, or your favorite streaming platform, as country, rock, country-rock, or just rock, or retro rock. The truth is DWB is the most lovable bunch of mainstream music outliers that you ever heard! Led by 23-year-old Devon Worley, the group is set to release a tight, diverse and fresh new five-song EP called Tea Time for Thieves. It builds smartly on the band’s 2013 debut album Silver Creek (winner of two Independent Country Music Association Awards for Best New Band and Best Video) and the superb 2017 follow up, The Sunrise Resistance.

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! 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 Bavarian Musikmeisters
The Elk River German Band
Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen
Schell's Hobo Band
Bill Koncar
Performances by the Edelweiss Dance Group

Family Day on Sunday

Bring out the whole family for the Kid friendly Sunday afternoon Oktoberfest experience with Kids crafts, face painting, live entertainment, games, all the Oktoberfest fun, and a special best traditional dressed kids contest.
.. And you don't want to miss the Dachshund Parade!
(Contact if you'd like to register YOUR Wiener Dog to participate in the Parade)


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.
Watch adorable Wiener Dogs prance across the stage in their best Germany inspired attire on Oktoberfest Sunday.
Have a Wiener Dog you'd like to sign up? Contact for more information!
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.
Special Best Dressed Kids competition on Sunday!
Show off your strength with this German Festival Classic! The High Striker will be available all weekend for everyone to prove their strongman abilities.
Can't get enough of the delicious German food? Sign up for our Brat eating contest! Participants will receive three brats in a bun each. The person who finishes all five brats first, wins! The Brat Eating Competition will take place during Friday and Sunday of our Oktoberfest.
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.


Get your dancing shoes ready for some live Polka lessons on Saturday provided by Dance MPLS! Practice the three-step hop dance with professional help and show it off on our Dancefloor.
Lessons will be provided by Dance MPLS on SATURDAY ONLY from 2:45PM - 3:15PM

Food & Drink

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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