Raise your beer stein high and give “Prost” to the 4th Annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest, hosted by the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association (DNFBA), Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, from 1 to 8 pm., on Old Falls Street’s Middle Block in Downtown Niagara Falls, NY.  The German-themed event will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public.

Live German-themed entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the German American Musicians, the Bergholz German Band, the Alphorn Society of Western New York, and the SGTV Edelweiss Dancers.  Festival guests will also enjoy a wide variety of traditional German food, beer and wine vending, as well as other food and merchandise vendors.

Oktoberfest also features free children’s activities in the Kidtoberfest Zone including a petting zoo, bounce house, arts and crafts, balloon art, compllimentary root beer and pretzels and much more. Walter C. Falls, the Old Falls Street mascot, will also be on hand wearing his lederhosen.

“Old Falls Street’s Oktoberfest has become the marquee fall event for Downtown Niagara Falls,” said Global Spectrum’s Ryan Coate, chairperson of the DNFBA and general manager of Old Falls Street, USA and the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.  “Now, in it’s fourth year, we are excited to add more entertainers and vendors to make the event more enjoyable for our guests.”

New this year is the Kan-toberfest Kan Jam Tournament, beginning at 2 p.m.  The tournament is sponsored by Niagara Falls Community Development, Niagara University’s ReNU Program, and Live NF.  For more information or to register a team, call (716) 278-2100.  Other scheduled activities are as follows:

1 p.m.                                          Oktoberfest kicks off, Traditional Tapping of the Kegs
1 to 4 p.m.                                   Live Music by the Bergholz German Band
1 to 8 p.m.                                   German Food, Beer & Wine Vending
1 to 8 p.m.                                   Various Street Vendors
1 to 8 p.m.                                   Kidtoberfest Zone Free Children’s Activities
3 to 5 p.m.                                   Live Performance by the SGTV Edelweiss Dancers
3 to 7 p.m.                                   Live Performance by the Alphorn Society of WNY
4 to 8 p.m.                                   Live Music by The German American Musicians

12 noon         Traditional Tapping of the Kegs under the Main Tent
12 – 4 p.m.     Live Music by the Bergoltz German Band
5 – 9 p.m.       Live Music by the German American Musicians
12 – 9 p.m.     Food & Merchandise Vendors on Old Falls Street’s Middle Block

12 – 5 p.m. FREE Childrens Activities including:
Bounce House
Petting Zoo
Duck Pond Game
Arts & Crafts
FREE apple cider, bags of pretzels and root beer for children under Old Falls Street’s

Oktoberfest is sponsored by the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association, Global Spectrum, Yuengling, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, the Niagara Gazette, Pepsi, the Comfort Inn – The Pointe, the Holiday Inn, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, US Foods, and IATSE Local 121.  Oktoberfest partially benefits the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association.

For more information, visit or www.FallsStreet.com or visit the official Old Falls Street Oktoberfest Facebook page.

The mission of the DOWNTOWN NIAGARA FALLS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is To stimulate, enhance & nurture an inviting atmosphere for civic, cultural, social & economic activities in Downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y.”

About OLD FALLS STREET, USA: Old Falls Street, USA, managed by Global Spectrum, is a historic three-block destination that conveniently connects the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park with the Conference & Event Center, the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and other Downtown Niagara Falls, NY attractions. Serving as the “Welcome Center” for residents and visitors alike, the dynamic thoroughfare provides spaces for daily vending and special activities including concerts, festivals and holiday activities. Additional information can be found on their website at www.FallsStreet.com.