Cheers to Oktoberfest

August 29, 2017
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Katie Roupe
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Courtesy Terry Hazlett
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The 19th annual Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest, presented by the Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce, will transform the streets of Canonsburg into a Bavarian village Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17.

Oktoberfest Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 15

German stage

5:30-8:30 p.m. – SNPJ Button Box

9:00-10:30 p.m. – Alpen Schuplatter (dance group)

Main stage

4:00-6:00 p.m. – Elmoz Fire

7:15-10:30 p.m. – Ruff Creek


Saturday, Sept. 16

German stage

Noon-2:45 p.m. – SNPJ Button Box 

3:15-6:00 p.m. – Auto Bahn (German band)

6:45-10:15 p.m. – Frank Palombi Band

Main stage

Noon-3:00 p.m. – Lucky Me

3:45-7:15 p.m. – House Band

8:00-10:30 p.m. – Original Bon Journey Band 

Sunday, Sept. 17

German stage 

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Alpen Schuhplatter

2:30-5:30 p.m. – The Barons (German band)

Main stage

Noon-2:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh Belairs

3:00-5:00 p.m. – Sugar Cane

For the first time in several years, fireworks will be one of the featured attractions. Oktoberfest draws more than 60,000 patrons to Canonsburg and features not only two stages of continuous live entertainment and numerous amusement rides, but also food and craft vendors.

This year, the main stage will be featuring new attractions Elmoz Fire, House Band, the Pittsburgh Belairs, the original Bon Journey and Canonsburg act Lucky Me, as well as returning artists Ruff Creek and Sugar Cane. The German Stage will host new acts Auto Bahn and the Barons as well as returning artists such as the SNPJ Buttonbox Band, Frank Palombi Band and Alpen Schuhplattler. For everyone’s entertainment, the festival will once again feature the traveling music of Herman Helay, as he strolls throughout the festival.

Fireworks, a feature of early Oktoberfests, will return this year Friday night at 10:30 p.m. The fireworks are sponsored by Gerard O’Hare and Jeffreys Drugstore and staged by Joe Preteroti Fireworks of Cecil.

Food vendors and amusement rides will line Pike Street. Craft vendors will be featured in the plaza across from the borough building between Greenside and Pike Street. You’ll find tasty treats such as bratwurst, schnitzels, perogies, hot sausage and gyros. This year, the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest will once again feature a beer specific to the event along with offerings from Leinenkugel and Miller Lite. Local merchants and businesses will also be highlighted in this vendor area.

Children can enjoy riding the Euro-Bungee, Titanic Slide, and Bouncee House near Greenside and Pike Street. The block along Pike Street between Central and Jefferson will showcase traditional carnival rides.

Details for the festival, such as driving directions, entertainment line-up, festival map, and more can be found at and also on Facebook and Twitter.



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