Once a year, Whiteface dusts off its lederhosen, fires up the oompah band and enjoys a tall mug of German beer. Oktoberfest is a weekend-long celebration of Bavarian culture, with authentic music, dancing, food and beer. But it's not just about eating and drinking (not that there's anything wrong with that). You'll find complimentary rides for kids and adults, craft vendors and discounted trips on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface. The views from up there will make it pretty clear why Fall in the Adirondacks is something worth celebrating. Free admission with your Olympic Sites Passport!
Live Music & Entertainment
Festival-goers across the nation have a love affair going on with America's number one German Band, (dSb) die Schlauberger. And no wonder - this band is a powerhouse of musical expertise and expends enough energy to light up not only the crowd, but the fairgrounds, too. From the moment they step on stage until they have wrung the final note from their last song, die Schlauberger has the audience up and dancing to their powerful renditions of German favorites and other crowd pleasing tunes. Appearances on television shows, movies and television commercials such as HP IPOD and others are witness of their popularity. die Schlauberger engages everyone within earshot to "expect the unexpected." Don't miss the band whose very mission is "Keeping the Traditionalists on their Feet and the New Generation Interested."
SPITZE! is a German - American Alpine Show Band that has been featured at some of the largest Oktoberfests in the USA. We have gathered 7 of the finest musicians around to provide you with an unmatched, energetic sound that will delight audiences of all ages. Whether it's traditional or modern Alpine sounds or even American Favorites, be assured that "SPITZE!" will make your Oktoberfest a complete success!
SPITZE! has the infectious ability to get the audience involved. Their amazing alpine show features cowbells, the alpine xylophone, the alphorn and of course - yodeling. Do you want to really engage in the Oktoberfest spirit? Then join in for our march-along, yodel and Schuhplattler (Bavarian Folk Dancing) contests or even the world famous chicken dance.
For the past several years, their shows have charmed crowds at Taj Mahal (Atlantic City), Six Flags Great Escape, Newport Waterfront Festival and the Hunter Mountain German Alps Festival - just to mention a few. They have also had the honor of being the ONLY German-American Band to perform with Volksmusik (Bavarian Folk Music) singing stars such as Edith Prock, Gitti & Erika and Nina & Mike.
Schachtelgebirger Musikanten (Scha-Musi)
Whiteface Mountain would like to welcome Schachtelgebirger Musikanten to our Oktoberfest. They will be performing in the Cloudspin Lounge on Saturday and on Sunday. Be sure to check out this lively duo!
The Alpenland Taenzer
In 1960, Walter Kober had the idea to promote and perpetuate a part of the culture of his homeland, Austria, where he danced and competed in "Schuhplattin" (slap dancing). He originated the group now known as "The Alpenland Taenzer" of New Britain, Connecticut.
Our 30th year (1990) was very significant for the Alpenland Taenzer. We were nominated and accepted as members of the "Gauverband Nordamerica", a nationally and internationally known organization promoting German Heritage throughout the United States and Canada. Another accomplishment of 1990 was the establishment of our "Kindergruppe" (children and junior group). The Kindergruppe is comprised of 8-10 couples ages 3-19. Older members of the Kindergruppe also dance in the adult group.
Our adult group has between 8-10 active dancing couples. One of our active dancers is a founding member of the Alpenland Taenzer!
The Alpen Trio
Spreading happiness and gemutlichkeit wherever they play, The Alphorn Trio keeps the alpine spirit alive and well. Originally used by villagers to communicate from the mountains, the alphorn's haunting echo provides today's audiences with a unique glimpse of Tyrolean culture. Don't miss your chance to enjoy them at this year's Oktoberfest!
New this year
New to Oktoberfest is Herb Liebenhagen who will be performing in the Base Camp Market both Saturday and Sunday.
The Little Circus
High Peaks Juggling will be back this year with a whole new show! They will be preforming as the Little Circus in the Ausable Room, behind the Base Camp Market, twice a day on both Saturday and Sunday! The show includes many of the elements you have seen them do with juggling, audience participation, vaudeville / variety show type material. The Little Circus adds aerial artistry and tight wire to the mix. We are very excited for this new addition to Oktoberfest.
- Free carnival rides and entrance to the Whiteface Adventure Zone!
- Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts and Face Painting in the Ausable Room.
- The Whiteface Airbag will be available. $10 for one jump and $25 for three.
Put on your lederhosen or dirndl and come join us for the Oktoberfest Lederhosen 5K Trail Run at Whiteface Mountain! As part of this year's Oktoberfest celebration, we will be offering a 5K trail run. The fun begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 4th. The pre-registration cost is $50.00 and participants receive free admission into the festival, a commemorative event t-shirt (for attendees who pre-register only) and pint glass and 1 free beer (soda for anyone under 21 years old).
Oktoberfest 1K Fun Run
This is just for fun. It is a family friendly 1K trail run. The course will encourage all participants to dress in their finest dirndl, lederhosen, or any other character you can imagine! Because it's Whiteface, there will be some ascending and descending portions of the course, but the most challenging part may be having the best costume or not spilling your frosty beer or soda along the way! There will be prizes for fastest time, best costume, and most beverage left in cups.
Registration will be available day of only.
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