Back for another round: Northside Oktoberfest returns this Saturday

Photo by Britt Fowler

Photo by Britt Fowler

Northside Oktoberfest and Sodafest

Iowa City Northside — Saturday, Sept. 24

The 21st annual Northside Oktoberfest will be taking over Iowa City’s Northside Marketplace from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday for a day of boozy revelry that includes craft beer from over 50 breweries, food, games and Hawkeye football.

The festivities benefit local nonprofits, including the Iowa Children’s Museum. BrewMaster tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $49. Any tickets remaining on Saturday can be purchased at John’s Grocery.

The event is open to all ages and includes a simultaneous, kid-friendly SodaFest put on by the Iowa Children’s Museum. Along with other games and activities, participants can climb a rock wall, slip down inflatable slides and participate in a tractor pull — all for free. Five-dollar tickets can also be purchased and include a mug and soda samples.

Those with BrewMaster or general admission Octoberfest tickets will receive a free ticket to the 2016 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup on the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Iowa City and Las Vegas are the only two American cities hosting world cup races this year. The races start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and are part of the annual Volkswagen Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross races.

The City of Iowa City is providing free parking garage access on Saturday. Free shuttles between Oktoberfest, cyclo-cross and three downtown parking ramps will run from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Editor’s Note:

The SodaFest location was incorrect in the printed calendar in the Sept. 21 – Oct. 4 issue of Little Village Magazine. The correct location is in the Pagliai’s parking lot.

Little Village is among the sponsors of the event.

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