St. John’s to host 29th Annual Oktoberfest


St. John’s Oktoberfest is just around the corner. It will begin on Friday, September 27 at 6pm and continues on Saturday, September 28 at 11:30am at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 506 Seabury Avenue, Milford, DE. There is no entrance fee and plenty of free live entertainment, so mark your calendars now.

In true Oktoberfest tradition, the festivities kick-off on Friday evening with The Funsters playing from 6-10pm. Also featured that night will be the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk. The race begins at 6pm, with a Healthy Kids Run (kids 10 and under) starting at 5:55pm, and day-of registration at 5pm. Both races begin on School Place in front of the Church. Registration is $25 until September 15 and $30 after and on event day. For our adult participants, free beer will be available at the end of the race. Sign up at

After running the 5K and dancing to the wonderful sounds of The Funsters, festival goers can enjoy a variety of food. The ever-popular Oktoberfest international food court will be serving up their traditional German entrees, as well as Italian, Spanish and Polish dishes, good old hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, Polish ice and homemade baked desserts. For the adults, very popular Beer Booth will return will something for everyone’s taste.

On Saturday, the festivities will begin at 11:30am with arts and crafts booths, helicopter and fire truck rides, free carnival style games for the children including face painting and a petting zoo, until 4pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Joe Kroboth from 12-4pm and the Glass Onion Band from 6-10pm, with DJ Lucky providing the tunes from 4-6pm. Visual entertainment throughout the day includes the McAleer School of Irish Dancing from 2-4pm, the German Enzian Dancers from 4-6pm and St. John’s Spanish Dancers from 6-8pm. The Oktoberfest Craft Show is Saturday from 11:30am-4pm and will feature handmade items by many local artists.


For the entirety of the festival, Beer Garden Games such as cornhole, jumbo jenga, and ladder ball can be played by ages 16 and up at no cost, while the children can enjoy free yard games of their own. Tickets and wrist bands are also available for purchase so the kids can enjoy multiple inflatables. 

 A Park and ride the shuttle will be available from three locations: the former Milford Middle School sports field parking or front bus parking area, or the Dollar Tree parking lot of Cypress Hall Shopping Center (Redner’s). Limited Handicap Parking is available in front of the Church.

This Annual Oktoberfest is St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s, St. John’s mission church in Harrington, largest fundraiser of the year and volunteers are always needed. To sign up to volunteer visit For more information, individuals can call the Parish Office at 422-5123 or visit

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