Oktoberfest kicks off in Sterling Heights this weekend with beer, music and more


It’s time to unwrap the lederhosen and save room for the schnitzel and hefeweizen as Oktoberfest is coming to Sterling Heights.

With the shocked year and a half that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about, cities and communities have been forced to cancel, postpone and change their most cherished traditions. Gatherings, festivals and all manner of events have been affected since the arrival of the coronavirus, and communities like Sterling Heights have proven adept at adapting to the times.

One of those traditions, Sterlingfest, was not immune to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic and the lingering restrictions on public gatherings. The annual summer arts and music fair was canceled earlier this year.

But rather than leave a hole in the community calendar, Sterling Heights has pivoted with a new take on an even older tradition: Oktoberfest. The weekend festival takes place in the city’s Dodge Park this Friday October 8 and Saturday October 9 and is free.

We wrote about OktoberFAST 5K’s “fun run” events earlier this season and now, as the day before the festival itself approaches, more details are emerging.

Oktoberfest and fall themed beers will be on sale at the event, along with craft beer and seltzer. A commemorative Oktoberfest 2021 beer mug will also be on sale.

Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner with Asia with John Payne, made headlines on Saturday, October 9. (Photo courtesy of Sterling Heights)A whopping 19 food trucks will line up along Food Truck Row, including German cutlets and kids from Ziffel’s Schnitzel und Brats food truck. Additional food trucks available include Almonds R Nuts; Batter Up Waffle Company; From Café Detroit; Greek street food Estia; Fattoush Express on the go; Giggie’s delicacies; GoCheez; JJ’s fish and shrimp; Jet Pizza; Let’s pop the corn and the lemonade in the pot; Little Brothers Burgers; Little Lou’s Hot Chicken; Mercurio Food Specialties; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Polish food truck Mania; Summer squeeze lemonade; Ventimiglia; and YaEatYet?

The Grammy-nominated Plain White Ts headline the Friday night festivities, with a start time of 8 p.m. on the main stage. Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner with Asia with John Payne, hits the headlines on Saturday, and also from 8 p.m.

Additional acts include Kickstand Band, Gasoline Gypsies, Jill Jack Band, and several more. Visit the Sterling Heights website for a full schedule of weekend events.

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