oktoberfest concordia club kitchener


October 9 - 17, 2020

This may be what the Concordia Club is most known for today!

Concordia is Canada´s 'Home' of Oktoberfest. With a seating capacity of close to 4,000, Concordia has established the second largest Oktoberfest in the world right here in Kitchener Waterloo. It's been a resounding success story from day one!

Public Tickets:

  • On-line-ticket "e-ticket" sale POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • a maximum of 6 tickets per Friday and 6 tickets per Saturday per purchaser, no refunds on ticket orders
  • no maximum ticket restriction on other Oktoberfest event days
  • Only adults of legal drinking age (19 years of age and older) will be admitted (except Saturday matinee & family days = Sunday & Monday, where minors 16 years of age or younger are admitted free of charge as long as they are with a family unit
  • There will be a additional processing fee charged on each ticket
  • Tickets will be e-mailed immediately as pdf attachment and will be scanned at the door the day of the event for validity
  • Acceptable on line payment methods: visa, mastercard
  • Concordia reserves the right to fulfill or decline orders, should the purchaser have already obtained tickets at via the “membership” sale. Online purchase depends also on the capacity of the online server.

Ticket pricing for 2020:

Event dates & times & price of admission per person:

1st Friday, Oct. 9th

1st Saturday, Oct. 10th

Sunday, Oct. 11th - FAMILY DAY
$12.00 (Members & children 16 and under are admitted free of charge)

Monday, Oct. 12th - FAMILY DAY
$12.00 (Members & children 16 and under are admitted free of charge)

Tuesday, Oct. 13th
Restaurant open in the evening only, admission free with a donation to the Food Bank

Wednesday, Oct. 14th

Thursday, Oct. 15th

Friday, Oct. 16th

Saturday, Oct. 17th

Ticket price includes all applicable taxes = ticket price includes 13% HST

Oktoberfests have been celebrated in Canada for a long time, not least at the Concordia Club, by holding annual dances. Brass band music, folkdance demonstrations and “Bratwursts” with “Sauerkraut” were an integral part of these celebrations. Oktoberfest 1967 however was totally different. As Concordia’s contribution to Canada’s 100thbirthday, our President Ren Ghirincelli and manager Julius Rauchfuβ organized a four day festival, complete with beer tent, several orchestras, a shooting booth, souvenir sales, “Lederhosen” and “Dirndlkleider”. The atmosphere and the thereby generated income were second to none. All profits were donated to two organizations “Big Brothers” and the “Multiple Sclerosis Society”.

The celebrations had left such a positive impression in the city that it came to the notice of the chamber of commerce. The decision was taken to organize a city-wide Oktoberfest and “Oktoberfest Incorporated” was created. The four German speaking Clubs, Concordia, Schwaben, Transylvania and Alpenclub, together with the entrepreneur Jonas Bingeman, were the foundation of this enterprise and its first president elect was the president of Budd Canada, Darwin Clay.

The Concordia Oktoberfest grew alongside the other festivities. There was hardly a year when the facilities were not enlarged or improved. A particular problem presented itself in the form of a shortage of toilet facilities. One of the board members, Erwin Weiler, found a solution. Two freight trailers were placed behind the tents and converted to modern toilets, which served their purpose well for 25 years. In 1994, under President Horst Allmendinger, the board decided to build permanent washroom facilities.

During the second year of Oktoberfest celebrations, a second tent was erected. However, the number of guests was so great that before long a third, fourth and fifth tent followed. This had drawbacks because wherever tents were placed beside each other, wooden pegs and ropes barred the way. Whenever it rained, torrents of water would cascade downwards between the tents. This did not seem to impede the festive mood of visitors from this region and from far away, and thousands enjoyed the Oktoberfest at the Concordia Club.

The ability of the Concordia Club to present the festival with authenticity, even though this led to increased expenses, made it the most popular “Festhalle” of all. Concordia’s Tanzdeel folk dance group, the “Schuhplattlergruppe” and the brass band contributed substantially to the success. The Concordia band in the tent, consisting of Concordia members under the direction of Nick Osbelt, provided all the Bavarian “Urwüchsigkeit” required for the occasion. It became the most popular orchestra in the city.