BloktoberFest is finally here! Making its debut as the first annual Wichita BloktoberFest, the event isn’t quite what you’d expect.
Saturday, Oct. 8, at Union Station in Downtown Wichita
Noon to 11 p.m.
“Its not your average Oktoberfest,” said Crystal McDonald, one of the event’s founders. “We combined the best of a traditional block party with an Oktoberfest flair.”
Here’s a look at what to expect at BloktoberFest:
A Sausage Tasting ($15)
It’s not a true Oktoberfest without sausage, right? At BloktoberFest, 13 local businesses put their sausage to the test for the title of King Wiener, and you get to help choose the wiener! Oops, I mean winner. Let your voice be heard and your belly be full by participating in the event’s sausage tasting.
And a Beer Tasting, of Course ($15)
Also a staple of the traditional Oktoberfest celebration, beer will also play a big role in the first annual Wichita BloktoberFest. A search for the best local and seasonal October beers will be underway, and you can taste them for yourself!
Some Friendly Competition
In addition to the King Wiener contest and the beer contest, the event boasts a variety of contests that are open to the public. A hot dog eating contest will be held, so channel your inner Kobayashi and give it your best shot! If you’re more into drinking than eating, you can enter a beer belly contest. You can also test your endurance with a stein hoisting competition.
A Wiener Dog Costume Contest and Wiener Dog Races
Wichita’s BloktoberFest will have a costume contest. No, not for people, but for weenie dogs! Talk about cuteness overload. The event also highlights wiener dog races, which is the best kind of race there is, obviously. That’s right, get excited.
Live Polka Music
The event will feature live polka bands to authenticate the Oktoberfest experience. A live DJ and local musicians “ The Banned” will also perform in the evening.
If you’re still hungry, you can grab a meal at one of Wichita’s food trucks. Eight trucks will be at the event, offering a variety of options. Concessions will also be available.
The event is both family- and pet-friendly, so come prepared to make some new furry friends, and feel free to bring your pet along!
BloktoberFest’s block-party like environment offers fun for everyone. With free lawn games to play and several other free activities, it’s a great way to spend a day out with the whole family without breaking the bank.
A Chance to Give Back
A portion of the proceeds from BloktoberFest will benefit local charities, including the Alzheimer’s Association, LAPP animal rescue and a charity of choice from the winner of King Wiener.
“We feel like there is definitely a growing need for fun, family-friendly and free community-based activities in downtown Wichita. Our event offers something for everyone from young to old, which is what I think is great about this event.” McDonald said.
This block party to end all block parties is FREE to attend with the exception of the beer sampling and the sausage sampling (Each $15).
Schedule of Events
Noon - Kick-off, beer garden opens
12:30 p.m. - King Oktobrew sampling (until 5)
Wiener dog costume contest & races
Midian Shrine PolKatz
2:00 p.m. - King Wiener sampling (until 5)
3:30 p.m. - Stallion band starts
4:00 p.m. - Hot dog eating contest
Beer belly contest
5:00 p.m. - King Wiener crowned
King Oktobrew crowned
5:30 p.m. - Stein Hoist competition
8:00 p.m. - The Banned band begins
11:00 p.m. - End of events