Kegel's Inn to host 'Oktoberfest on the Lake' Sept. 24-26

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Kegel's Inn will host the inaugural 'Oktoberfest on the Lake' Sept. 24-26 on the Fitch Plaza at the War Memorial Center.

Officials say there will be live music, food from Kegel's Inn and authentic German beer alongside views of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the downtown skyline. A portion of the event proceeds will go to support the War Memorial Center. 

“We are excited to host this fundraising event at the War Memorial this year,” said Julian Kegel, owner and operator of Kegel’s Inn. “After we decided to cancel our August Oktoberfest event in West Allis, we immediately began searching for a safe way to continue our Oktoberfest tradition. We are happy to partner with the War Memorial and celebrate Milwaukee’s history and heritage in a safe, socially-distanced manner in at this spectacular outdoor space.”

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, precautions have been put in place to keep the vent safe, including requiring masks any time a patron is not at their table. There is also a limit of 250 people at a time to allow social distancing. 

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time to guarantee admission to the event. Tickets are $48 per person and inlude admission, on-site parking, .5-liter beer, a soft pretzel and a donation to the War Memorial Center. 

The event will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. 

“It would not be fall without Kegel’s hosting an Oktoberfest. While the scenery has changed this year, we hope that people will come out to the War Memorial and safely celebrate with us,” said Kegel.

Live music from Wisconsin bands will happen each night. Austrian Express will perform Thursday, Copper Box will take the stage Friday, and Blaskapelle Milwaukee will play at both sessions. 

When you purchase a ticket, you also get admission to the War Memorial Center's new exhibit, "On the Homefront" which opened in August and focuses on Wisconsin's manufacturing in support of the war 1941-1945.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

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