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Polka music – a traditional oom-pah sound that connects us all – is in the air. And Grandma’s Saloon & Grill in Canal Park will be turning up the volume kicking off the opening day of its 41st Oktoberfest! The festivities will begin at 11:30 am Wednesday, September 21st with Mayor Emily Larson tapping the ceremonial keg.

Kick off week, from the 21st to the 25th is an all-out polka music festival surrounded by authentic German beer, food and fun. We’ve amped up the live entertainment to include nationally recognized acts as well as internationally acclaimed talent from across the globe.

On opening day we will bring you the acclaimed Crazy George Schiltz who’s a recognized icon at Oktoberfests throughout the Midwest as well as a Leinenkugel beer television spokesman. Crazy George’s specialty is audience participation and he will have you singing in German in no time!

But make sure you come back all week because the entertainment just keeps getting better. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are full days of music featuring the Oktoberfest All Stars, an illustrious and renowned group of musicians from near and far. Some featured musicians coming together to form the ultimate polka band are Joe Jagunich from the Joey J Duo Dance Band; Gasper Krek from Slovenia’s Got Talent; and Frank Bucar from the Singing Slovenes, just to name a few who will contribute to the all Star line up. Crazy George Schiltz is back on Sunday the 25th to close off the week. Grandma’s will come alive with the sounds of Oktoberfest!

And the looks, tastes, and smells of Oktoberfest will also surround you at Grandma’s. The entire restaurant is converted to a German beer hall, complete with banners, streamers, gourds, pumpkins, cornstalks and fresh foliage from local farms. Added to our traditional restaurant fare is an extensive German menu featuring the likes of Schweineschnitzel, big German bratwurst, sweet Sauerbraten dinner, and assorted German breads and homemade apple crisp. And don’t forget the beer! There’s a vast selection of Oktoberfest brews including Duluth’s own Lake Superior Brewing; Regional Great Lakes Brewing; imported from Germany, Paulaner Marzen, and Spaten Oktoberfest. And if you don’t know which one to taste, try the Fall Beer Flight, inspired by Oktoberfest – a sampling of 4 of our favorites.

Come for the music, but stay for the food, beer, and fun. Celebrate our 41st Oktoberfest at Grandma’s Saloon & Grill during Kick Off Week September 21-25. Then the celebration continues until October 9 with A Taste of Oktoberfest menu available at all Saloon & Grill locations including Miller Hill and Virginia.

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