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Octoberfest Announces 2018 Concert Schedule
The festival will feature 24 local bands with music starting at 9 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. – Octoberfest, an event of the Fox Cities Chamber, proudly returns for its 37th consecutive year on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The festival will feature a full day of music representing a wide variety of genres including rock, indie, Cajun-zydeco, bluegrass, hip-hop, oldies, blues and polka. This year’s lineup includes 24 local bands, including new acts and many returning favorites.
“We are excited to again provide a full day of music and a variety of genres at this year’s Octoberfest,” said Eric Stadler, Octoberfest Event Committee and Entertainment Chairman. “We’ve hand selected a great mix of bands, both returning favorites and first-time Octoberfest performers. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
Due to the success of last year’s morning concerts, five of the six stages will have music beginning at 9 a.m.
2018 Concert Schedule
Appleton Rock School 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Howlin’ At The Moon 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Cool Waters Band 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Vic Ferrari 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Polar Project 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
The Glam Band 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Boy Band Night 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Too White Crew 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cold Soda Club 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Ask Your Mother 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sir Real 3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Newtonburg Oktoberfest Band 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
FBI & The Untouchable Horns 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Arts Fishing Club 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Porky’s Groove Machine 2:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.
Green Screen Kings 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Happy Wanderers 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Doo Wop Daddies 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Noah John & Ringing Iron 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Copper Box 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Zeroed In (484th Army Variety Band) 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Corner of College Avenue and Drew Street
484th Army Band Ensembles 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Festivities Kick Off at 9 a.m.
Octoberfest begins with the traditional Spaten beer toast at the Houdini Plaza stage just before 9 a.m. The ceremonial toast is a homage to the annual ritual Spaten keg beer tapping at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
This year, special guests will include nonprofit grant recipients, members of the Octoberfest Committee and Octoberfest Board of Directors. The general public is encouraged to come early and join in the toast. The Newtonburg Oktoberfest Band will perform during the ceremony.
Following the celebratory toast, live music will begin on all six Octoberfest stages at 9 a.m.
New This Year – Family Fun Yoga
For the first time ever, Octoberfest is a hosting a free Family Fun Yoga session in partnership with Empower Yoga and Lawrence University. It is from 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Lawrence University’s Main Hall lawn at 501 E. College Ave. Yoga enthusiasts of all ages are welcome, and we encourage participants to bring their own mats.
Plan Your Transportation
Valley Transit will be offering $0.25 fares on all regular routes during Friday night's License to Cruise beginning at 3:45 p.m. and on all regular Valley Transit bus routes on Saturday. In addition, a special park and ride service will be offered on Saturday. Locations include: Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton East High School (Schaefer Street lot), Goodwill Industries – Menasha and Valley Packaging (Roemer Road location).
Catch your cab, taxi, Uber and Lyft on Washington Street from Oneida Street west to Appleton Street. Festivalgoers using Lyft can save $5 on their ride when using the promo code “DILLYDILLY” during Octoberfest.
Complimentary O’Doul’s is available to anyone who chooses to be a designated driver on Saturday, Sept. 29. All designated drivers must be at least 21 years of age and purchase a designated driver wristband for $1 at any wristband booth. O’Doul’s is available at all beer stands at Octoberfest.
For more information including maps, shuttle service and bus arrival/departure information, visit .
Download the Octoberfest App and Stay Up To Date
The official can be downloaded for free in the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app has complete event information including the concert schedule, food booth options, an event map, park and ride details, and frequently asked questions.
Volunteer at Octoberfest
Bartenders are needed for Octoberfest, and volunteers will receive a special t-shirt as a “thank you” for dedicating their time and an invitation to the year-end volunteer party. For more information and to sign up, visit
Support Your Community and Take a Piece of Octoberfest With You
Octoberfest t-shirts are available now for purchase at Bazil’s Pub and Items of Interest in Appleton. Apparel will also be for sale during License to Cruise and Octoberfest.
Octoberfest is made possible by the charitable contributions from event sponsors: Title Sponsor
Budweiser; Presenting Sponsor Tundraland; Premier Sponsors: Chase/JP Morgan, Appleton Harley-Davidson; Executive Sponsor McCain; Family Fun Area Sponsor the Wisconsin Herd. License to Cruise Corporate Sponsors: Tundraland, Pick ‘n Save. In partnership with Appleton Downtown, Inc., BConnected, Element, Lamers Bus Lines, Inc., Van’s Waste, Inc., and Valley Transit.
Octoberfest is a two-day festival in Appleton, Wisconsin. Held every year on the fourth weekend of September, the festival is celebrating 37 years of food, fun and philanthropy. The mission of the first event was the same as it is today, to serve as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Octoberfest has grown to hosting 200,000 attendees annually, has 100 food booths supporting nonprofit organizations, arts and crafts, and entertainment for all. Funds raised from sponsorship and beverage sales are used for the competitive grant program that provides funding to nonprofits year-round. When you attend Octoberfest, you are giving back to the Fox Cities community! For more information and a complete event schedule visit octoberfestonline.org or download the app on iTunes and Android stores. Follow Octoberfest on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates. #AppletonOctoberfest
Octoberfest is an event of the Fox Cities Chamber. The Chamber captures the energy of one of Wisconsin's most dynamic regions and transforms it into innovative programs and services for its business members. The Chamber serves all of the Fox Cities communities within the counties of Outagamie, Calumet and northern Winnebago, and plays a leadership role in regional economic development efforts in Northeastern Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.foxcitieschamber.com.