Dust off your Lederhosen and steins--Munich is coming back to Lawrence!
The city of Lawrence, in partnership with Indiana On Tap, is excited to present the return of the wildly popular 'Lagers in Lawrence' Oktoberfest.
This event will again be one of the largest and premier Oktoberfest events in all of central Indiana. The picturesque Fort Ben Cultural Campus features the newly-renovated historic theater, a visual arts center, an artist walk, a history walk, an amphitheater, and the world's largest set of musical swings, all surrounded by stunning public art displays and green spaces.
Attendees will be allowed UNLIMITED POURS of more than 100+ craft beverages from more than 40 craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. The event will feature all styles of beer in addition to the popular Lager styles. And not to worry, there will be plenty of pretzels. In addition to featuring one of Indy's best DJs who will be playing all of your favorite dance hits on stage, we're ALSO excited to feature the Liederkranz Brass Band--a 15-piece authentic Munich Oktoberfest-style German band who will also be performing from 3-5 pm!
For you food lovers, we'll be featuring several great food vendors! Returning in 2022: We're excited to introduce Oktoberfest-style, Weiner Dog Racing! That's right, Dachshunds of all shapes and sizes from around central Indiana will be racing in multiple heats throughout the event in the 'Running of the Weiners,' with the winners competing in the championship heat at the end for the honor of 'Fastest Weiner.' Trust us--if you've never seen it, you don't want to miss it! Games, raffles and more will again play part in the afternoon's entertainment as well. The event will also feature several classical German dance routines from the Fort Wayne Tanzer Dance Group. It's spectacular to see--you don't want to miss it.
BRING YOUR OWN BEER STEIN! While tasting cups will be provided to all attendees upon entry, we encourage all attendees to bring their favorite stein or beer mug to the event for larger samples. The event will also play host to a "Masskrugstemmen" (stein-holding) competition for the crowd to enjoy. A select number of event attendees will be allowed to compete in this unique Bavarian feat of strength and endurance competition where contestants must hold a 1-liter stein of beer out in front of them (at shoulder level) for as long as they can. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners.
There is also an option for ticket buyers to purchase an exclusive 6-month Indiana On Tap Tasting Society Marketplace membership for only $5 more when purchasing a ticket. Created for curious first-time members and normally $59.95/year, this craft beer membership & rewards program is the largest and most unique of its kind in the state and good for over $1,500 toward the purchase of craft beer and more at 150+ Indiana breweries and locations. Offers are redeemed via an easy-to-use mobile app. Ticket buyers who choose this option will receive a separate email within 24 hours AFTER they receive their ticket order with a link to purchase/redeem their Tasting Society Marketplace membership for just $1. (That's why the additional add-on price to the ticket is only $4).
Gates will open for VIP entry from 2-6 pm, with General Admission entry beginning at 3 pm. VIP ticket buyers will have an extra hour to enjoy the event. Designated Drivers must purchase tickets AT the gate the day of the event and may enter the event at any time.
Tickets are now on sale with an opportunity to save big by buying online, in advance. Early Bird Tickets (Available until Aug. 24) VIP - $40 | GA - $35 Advance Sale Tickets (Available from Aug. 24-Sept. 24) VIP - $45 | GA - $40 Gate Sales (Available day of event if tickets are still available) VIP - $50 | GA - $45 | DD - $20.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local charity of the city's choice, to be announced soon.
All attendees must show a valid photo I.D. at the gate upon entry. You must be 21 years or older to attend--this includes Designated Drivers. No exceptions. All ticket sales are final. The event will be held rain or shine.