Oktoberfest, Fall Fest bring the fun in Mount Prospect
Join the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association for its annual Fall Fest and Oktoberfest Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12. Both days of the event will be held at the intersection of Emerson Street and Busse Avenue in downtown Mount Prospect.
The Oktoberfest event will kick off from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Live entertainment (in the heated tent) will get the party going while you enjoy your favorite traditional German food and beverages.
Phenix German Band will perform traditional German tunes as well as your favorite covers.
This year's featured beers include Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest and local craft "Fest Bier" by Scorched Earth. Authentic German food will be served by several vendors, including Mrs. P and Me, Canta Napoli and Completely Nuts.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, the day begins with the Fall Festival. New to Fall Festival this year is Special Needs Hour. From noon to 1 p.m., citizens of all ages with special needs are encouraged to come out early and beat the crowds. Food, rides and activities will be offered beginning at noon. Preregistration is required for the Special Needs Hour. Visit www.downtownmountprospect.com to register.
Fall Festival activities and entertainment for the general public will run from 1 to 4 p.m. The fun will include hay rides, pony rides, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, crafts and balloons, and the never-ending trick-or-treat candy line.
The Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association is looking for donations of old clothes for the Fall Fest's "Make your own Scarecrow" craft. Help them meet their goal by collecting 100 pairs of pants, shirts, hats -- any clothing you want to get rid of from your closet. Donations should be dropped off at The Wildbird Shack, 854 E. Northwest Hwy.
Immediately following the Fall Festival, stick around for the party to kick into high gear with another night of Oktoberfest from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Phenix German Band returns, performing under the heated tent. It will be guaranteed Gemutlichkeit (good times) for all.
Thank you to event sponsors Anderson Tax & Accounting LTD., B & E Accounting Services, Busse Automotive, Byte Me! Web Hosting and Design, Capannari Ice Cream, Law Office of Mark J. Watychowicz, P.C., Picket Fence Realty, Van Driel's Medical Support Wear Shop and the Village of Mount Prospect.
The Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association is a nonprofit organization run by an all-volunteer board that strives to spread awareness of everything downtown Mount Prospect has to offer.
The Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association coordinates several successful community events in addition to the Fall Festival & Oktoberfest, including pub crawls and progressive dinner events.
For information, visit www.downtownmountprospect.com, or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/mpdma and Twitter at @ MtProspectDMA.