GALVESTON — The 33rd annual Island Oktoberfest will be from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 in historic downtown Galveston near the First Lutheran Church at 24th and Winnie streets.

The annual event will feature live entertainment, authentic German food and libations, cake wheel, fine arts, and crafts and gift vendors in an indoor venue.

It will also feature an exciting auction and raffle, new car raffle, fun family activities presented by volunteers from the Speaker’s Bureau of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, children’s games and activities, and much more.

Island Oktoberfest, hosted by First Evangelical Lutheran Church and co-sponsored by Del Papa Distributing Co., will open Oct. 24 with three themed Bier Garten venues featuring a variety of both German and domestic brews and a variety of German-style wines from nearby Haak Vineyards.

Great food will be available, including chargrilled sausages and hamburgers, Helmut’s delightful strudels and other tempting sweets. Also, for the first time, First Lutheran Church’s popular German Dinner will be served.

Entertainment will be provided by Das Ist Lustig, the Mid Life Crisis Band, Kevin Anthony, The TubaMeisters, Kerry Christensen, Alpenfest, AlpenMusikanten, the Rathkamp Dancers from Houston and Gemischter Chor Harmonie, a 30-person Alpine Choir from New Braunfels. Valina Polka will once again serve as the emcee.

Additional entertainment includes encore performances by Fanfare! The Lutheran Music Academy Singers and the Deer Park Folk Dance Group.

The historic and beautifully renovated circa-1860 Lyceum will again be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 with vendors showcasing handcrafted arts, crafts and gift items for those eager to get a head start on holiday shopping.

Other events will include very special family and children’s activities presented by the Speaker’s Bureau of the Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo, a chicken dance contest sponsored by Chick-fil-A and a variety of games and activities for children — including arcade games, moon walks and challenges, face painting, sports activities, interactive music and dancing entertainment.

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to dress in German costume. No animals will be allowed on the festival grounds.

For information, visit, call 409-762-8477 or follow the event on Facebook at Island Oktoberfest. All proceeds benefit First Lutheran Church in Galveston.

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