- Cullman, Alabama

October 4, 2013

Oktoberfest kicks off Saturday (with schedule)

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Cullman’s annual Oktoberfest celebration kicks off Saturday at the Festhalle. Opening ceremonies, traditionally held on Sunday, will begin at 11 a.m. after board members elected to change the kick-off day of the festival.

The day change will allow for the tapping of beer keg and a traditional root beer keg.

Community members will have ample opportunities to take part in the festivities that run through Oct. 12. Cullman museum director Elaine Fuller said many area businesses and restaurants are participating in Oktoberfest.

“Cullman Oktoberfest is a celebration of our heritage, traditions, and values: Cullman descends from Germans and our community work-force has a German work ethic,” Fuller said. “The events surrounding the festival involve music, German food, dancing, and other activities.”

This year’s Oktoberfest Chairman is Ernest Hauk.

“This is the biggest year that we have had with participation and events,” Hauk said. “Having the BrewMaster guild and local brewmasters with their craft beers will be a very good addition, and the participation of the local businesses will make it easier and much better. We’re going to continue with the root beer keg, which is what we used when the city was dry, but we have the beer keg know which connects with the true Oktoberfest spirit. So I’m telling everyone, ‘Willkommenzucullman’ which means welcome to Cullman.”

Fuller said a variety of music will be featured throughout the week-long event German music, rock, bluegrass, and other genres. The museum will also play host to live music.

“In the museum, which highlights our German heritage, we will have musicians playing the mandolin and banjo for people to enjoy,” Fuller said.

“It will be open, free of admission all week long and we will feature a quilt show upstairs which are made by the quilt makers guild.”

Other activities that the community can attend will be the antique car show, barbecue cook-off, art and crafts show, and farmers will be featured with their produce every day in the parking lot behind the museum. Fuller said the well-known Miss Oktoberfest contest and German Fashion show will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6. Many area participants host their main fundraising events during Oktoberfest.

“Sacred Heart will have a yard sale and festival at the school, which is one of their big fundraisers,” Fuller said. “There will be music to dance to every night at the Festhalle.”

Many area businesses are planning to prepare German dishes for the public, Fuller said CRMC will host a German buffet on Tuesday night. The Sacred Heart church will serve bratwurst on Wednesday night. Thursday night All-Steak is preparing a buffet with a large variety of German dishes. On Friday, Christ Lutheran Church will also have a German style dish available.

“Elks Lodge are doing all kinds of food during the week at the festival,” Fuller said. “We will be having vendors also selling food. Johnny's Barbecue, a man from Huntsville will be coming in, selling grilled chicken on a stick. Alabama craft beer will have booths featuring different craft beers that you can sample and purchase. Other local restaurants like Moe’s, Blue Moose and Busy Bee will be involved with Oktoberfest, too.”

Every Day

‰ 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Farmers Market at Festhalle Market Platz (256-590-2003).

209 1st Ave. NE, Cullman (no farmers market on Sunday).

‰ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Cullman County Museum (800-533-1258); special hours on Sunday.

‰ 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Weiss Cottage (800-533-1258); closed Sunday.

‰ Every day: Photography Contest, Festhalle Market Platz. Registration fee to particpate is $5. Info: 256-739-1258.

‰ Every night: Paper Airplane Contest, Festhalle Market Platz (256-297-0622). All ages — show up for loads of fun!

‰ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Quilt Makers Quilt Show, 2nd Ave. NE, Cullman. Free admission (special hours Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 to 5 p.m.; 800-533-1258).


Oct. 5-12

‰ Oct. 5, 11, 12; 5 to 8 p.m. Rumor’s Deli & Coffee House, 105 1st Ave. NE, Cullman (256-737-0911). German menu only; carryout available.

‰ 5 to 11 p.m.: Grumpy’s Italian Grill, 402 5th St. SW, Cullman. Sam Adams on tap; music and German food. Info: 256-709-2608.

‰ Oct. 5-12: 5 p.m. Busy Bee Oktoberfest meals, 101 5th St. SE, Cullman; closed Sunday (256-734-9958).

‰ Oct. 7-12; noon to 11:30 p.m. Blue Moose Café’s bierfest, 216 1st Ave. SE, Cullman (256-338-7237).

‰ Oct. 5-12: Get Your German on at Moe’s Original BBQ, 318 1st Ave. SE, Cullman (256-841-5324). Daily German fare, live evening music.

‰ Oct. 5-12: Elks Lodge German meals - serving daily at 209 1st Ave. NE, Cullman

Festhalle Market Platz Entertainment

Oct. 5, Saturday

‰ 9 a.m. East/West elementaries chorus

‰ 9:30 a.m. Cullman High School chorus

‰ 11 a.m. to noon Cullman High School German Band

‰ noon to 4 p.m. Wolfgang Moritz

‰ 5 to 8 p.m. Round 2

‰ 9 p.m. to midnight Big Daddy Kingfish

Oct. 6, Sunday

‰ 1:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Praise Team

‰ 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wolfgang Moritz

Oct. 7, Monday

‰ 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wolfgang Moritz

‰ 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Community Band

‰ 6:30 to 9 p.m. Terry Cavanaugh & The Alpine Express

Oct. 8, Tuesday

‰ 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wolfgang Moritz

‰ 6:30 to 9 p.m. Terry Cavanaugh & The Alpine Express

Oct. 9, Wednesday

‰ 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wolfgang Moritz

‰ 6:30 to 9 p.m. Terry Cavanaugh & The Alpine Express

Oct. 10, Thursday

‰ 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Kevin Adams

‰ 5 to 7 p.m. Terry Cavanaugh & The Alpine Express

‰ 7 to 9 p.m. Georgia Red Clay

Oct. 11, Friday

‰ 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wolfgang Moritz

‰ 5 to 8 p.m. Terry Cavanaugh & The Alpine Express

‰ 9 p.m. MP4

Oct. 12, Saturday

‰ 9 a.m. TBA

‰ 10 a.m. Wallace State Singers

‰ 11 a.m. Wallace State Jazz Band

‰ 1 to 3 p.m. Terry Cavanagh & The Alpine Express

‰ 3 to 4 p.m. Roy Crawford and the Cullman County Bluegrass Band

‰ 4 to 6 p.m. Horizon

‰ 7 to 10 p.m. TBA

‰ 9:30 p.m. Band “Highway 55” will perform at the Festhalle Market Platz.

‰ 10 p.m. to midnight TBA

Alabama Craft Biergarten

209 1st Ave. NE

Oct. 5, 12 Saturdays: noon to midnight; Monday-Friday open at 6 p.m. with live music, Alabama Craft Beer, sports TV. No beer on Sunday.

‰ College football viewing: Oct. 5 and 12, Saturday games at the Biergarten; Oct. 10 and 11, Thursday and Friday games

‰ NFL viewing: Oct. 7, Monday night football

7 p.m. nightly is Stein Hoisting Contest

Events Around Town

Oct. 5, Saturday

‰ 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oktoberfest Car Show at Depot Park. Cruise in format. Register on site (256-739-1258).

‰ 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Volksmarch - a self-guided tour beginning at 1615 Town Square SW, Cullman (256-739-9931/352-8936.

‰ 9 a.m. East-West elementaries chorus

‰ 9:30 a.m. Cullman High School Chorus

‰ 10 to 11 a.m. Zumba Party in Pink at Festhalle Market Platz. $10 donation for Susan B. Komen cancer.; 256-255-1515.

‰ 11 a.m. Opening Ceremonies. Program available online at

‰ Noon Tapping of the Keg. Traditional Root Beer; New Tradition Craft Beer.

‰ 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Bratwurst Tasting at Festhalle Market Platz.

‰ 12:30 to 2 p.m. Guinness World Record. See website for details of

‰ 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stories from the Past Living History Cemetery Tour, 1st Ave. NE, tours every thirty minutes. Adult-$8; 18 months to 6 years-$5. 256-734-3327 or 734-0383.

‰ 5 to 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Oktoberfest Dinner, 510 3rd Ave. SE in the school’s gym. $10. info: 256-734-3821. Entertainment provided by Wolfgang Moritz.

‰ 1 to 11 p.m. Oktoberfest Block Party, 353 3rd Ave. SE, 256-734-4322, live music, food and drinks. All Steak and Carlton’s restaurant.

Oct. 6, Sunday

‰ 1:30 p.m. St. Andrews Praise Team provides music at Festhalle.

‰ 2 p.m. Oktoberfest Paddle Board Race, 3 mile relay at Smith Lake Park. Info: 256-739-3002.

‰ 2:30 to 4 p.m. Fashion Show & Miss Oktoberfest Contest, models wearing authentic German clothing and modern dress at Festhalle Market Platz.

‰ 3 to 5 p.m. Oktoberfest Choir Concert at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Free admission and refreshments, 256-338-0432.

‰ 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stories from the Past Living History Cemetery Tour, 1st Ave. NE, tours every thirty minutes. Adult-$8; 18 months to 6 years-$5. 256-734-3327 or 734-0383.

‰ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Polka Party at the Festhalle, 512 2nd Ave. SE, $10, info: 256-734-0344 or 734-0582.

Oct. 7, Monday

‰ 5 to 7 p.m. St. John’s Oktoberfest Dinner, 512 2nd Ave. SE, $10, info: 256-734-0344 or 734-0582.

‰ 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cullman Community Band

‰ 7 p.m. Traditional German Music, 209 1st Ave. NE in Cullman.

‰ 7 to 8:15 p.m. Candlelight Walking Tour in Downtown Cullman, 209 1st Ave. NE, free admission.

Oct. 8, Tuesday

‰ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. German Dinner at Cullman Regional Medical Center, 1912 Highway 157 in Cullman, Col. Cullmann Room POB II. Adults-$15; RSVP to 256-737-2600.

‰ 7 to 8:15 p.m. Candlelight Walking Tour in Downtown Cullman, 209 1st Ave. NE, free admission.

Oct. 9, Wednesday

‰ 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. TP Country Club Oktoberfest Lunch, 700 Pine Hill Drive, Cullman. $15/person; RSVP to 256-739-0738.

‰ 5 to 7 p.m. Sacred Heart German Dinner, 217 2nd Ave. SE at the Family Life Center, Adults-$10; under 12 years-$5. Info: 256-734-0980.

 Oct. 10, Thursday-Senior Day at Festhalle Market Platz

‰ 10 to 11:30 a.m. Kevin Adams provides music and fun.

‰ 11 to 11:30 a.m. Seniors’ lunch at Festhalle: free hotdog lunch to first 800 seniors to arrive.

‰ Noon Seniors’ Bingo at Festhalle. Free for seniors.

‰ 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oktoberfest Charity Auction at 201 1st Ave. SW, Finders Keepers: 256-727-5341.

‰ 6:30 to 9 p.m. All Steak’s German Buffet, 323 3rd Ave. NE, live music. Info: 256-734-4322.

Oct. 11, Friday

‰ 5 to 7 p.m. Christ Lutheran Oktoberfest Dinner, 424 2nd Ave. SE, $10/tickets available in advance. Info: 256-734-7056.

Oct. 12, Saturday

‰ 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sacred Heart Street Sale and German Festival, 112 2nd Ave. SE. Info: 256-734-4563 or

‰ 7 to 10 a.m. Oktoberfest 5K and 10K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run; 7 a.m. registration. Fee is $10/1 mile; $25/5K; and $50/10K. Info: 256-708-3971 or

‰ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community Arts and Crafts Fair at Depot Park, includes food vendors. Info: 800-533-1258.

‰ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kinder Art Park, free children’s art and craft activities.

‰ 8 a.m. Oktoberfest Bed Race, 401 2nd Ave. NE at Depot Park. Info: Lion Ron Seybold at 256-531-6075.

‰ 8 a.m. Oktoberfest BBQ Challenge at Depot Park. Info: 256-348-9590. Sponsored by Bama Chapter.

‰ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get on Board with United Way - visit the historic train depot. Info: 256-739-2948.

‰ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hundfest. Doggy events at Depot Park, 211 2nd Ave. NE, Cullman. Registration is at 9 a.m.; Wiener Dog Race at 10 a.m.; and Hund Blitz at 11 a.m. (all dogs under 12, except wiener dogs). Noon is the Pet Parade for all dogs. 1 p.m. is a Fun Show. 2 p.m. is the Canine Good Citizen testing. Registration fee is $5 per class. Info: 256-507-1459.

‰ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student Sidewalk Art Show at 204 2nd Ave. NE, 256-739-4321. Sponsored by the Cullman Arts Council,

‰ 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wallace State Show Choir and the Wallace State Jazz Band.

‰ 12:30 p.m. Bratwurst Eating Contest, 209 1st Ave. NE, 256-739-1258. Sponsored by Piggly Wiggly.

‰ 1 and 3 p .m. Historical District Bus Tour, 209 1st Ave. NE, Admission  is $3. Tickets are available at the Festhalle Market Platz. 256-734-3327.

‰ 7 to 11 p.m. Burgermeister Ball at the McGukin Civic Center. Tickets are $10 and RSVP $22. Tickets available at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cullman County Museum at 256-739-1258.

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.