Saint Mary Mokena to Host Two-Day Community Oktoberfest Celebration

Parish celebrates festivals fifth anniversary with two-day event featuring German food, entertainment and activities for all ages.

Saint Mary Mokena OktoberfestMokena, IL, September 13, 2018 — Saint Mary Mokena is expanding its annual community Oktoberfest celebration to two days on the weekend of September 29-30 in honor of the event’s fifth anniversary.

The first day will consist of the traditional evening celebration from 6pm until midnight on the parish grounds at 115th Avenue & 195th Street, while the second day will feature “Kinderfest” – a family-friendly event also on parish grounds, from 12 pm to 2 pm.

On Saturday, September 29, traditional German food will be served, including bratwurst, schnitzel, stroganoff and apple strudel, along with German beer. Live entertainment will be provided by Die Musikmeisters German Band, The Bratwurst Brothers, as well as a DJ. This will be a 21 and over event.

On Sunday, September 30, there will be a “Kinderfest” designed for children and families. It will include a wide variety of activities including face painting, German crafts and a traveling reptile and bug show. The Creamery will also be sponsoring a root beer garden for all to enjoy.

Tickets for the Saturday event can be pre-purchased for $25 each and cover food, entertainment and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office or online at until 4:00 pm on Friday, September 28th. Tickets can also be purchased at the event for $30 each.

The Sunday Kinderfest will have no advance tickets. Admission is free to children five and under, $5 for adults, and $3 for children over five years of age. Admission will include food, entertainment, activities and a goodie bag for the first 250 kids.

“There’s no better way to kick off the fall season than with music, dancing and delicious German food, enjoyed in the company of friends and family,” says Jeannine Skarbek-kubas, event organizer. “We invite everyone in the community to come out and join in on the fun and fellowship. This event is not just for St. Mary parishioners. It’s for the entire Lincoln-Way community.”

Now in its fifth year, Saint Mary Oktoberfest is the parish’s flagship community and fundraising event. Roughly 600 people attend the fest each year. A portion of proceeds will be donated to FISH, a local, community-based “helping hand” available to persons in situations of need.

For more information, please contact Jeannine Skarbek-kubas at

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