Dr. Von Houligan’s Carnival of Calamities comes to Oktoberfest this year.

Oompapa at Oktoberfest in Invermere

Oktoberfest Saturday, Sept. 28th in downtown Invermere

Noch ein Bier, bitte. It just might be a phrase you want to learn before September 28th, when the Valley’s annual Oktoberfest transforms downtown Invermere into homage to Munich, Germany’s mighty beer festival.

The phrase, in case you are not fluent in German (or Google translate if you are like me), means ‘Another beer, please’. In truth, you will not need German. The fun and festive Oktoberfest atmosphere will be in the air, but English is the Sprache des Tages (language of the day) at Invermere’s event.

What you will need to know is this: farmers’ market, circus show, live music, barbecue and beer will swill together to make one brew of a good day.

The whole Feier (celebration) is moving over to the Lakeview Parking lot, where there is plenty of room for all the day’s fun. Browse the market in the morning, then make sure to bring the kids for the afternoon, when some spectacular live entertainment will be provided by Dr. Von Houligan. This traveling variety show brings back the classic circus scene, with juggling, balancing, magic and more, all under the grand canopy of a circus big top tent. The circus tent is more than 3,5000 square feet, and stretches up more than 22 feet tall.

“You should walk through the flap of that tent and be transported to 1920s small circus,” Dr. Von Houligan says. “The chairs, the decor – as much as possible, we make it seem like it’s a whole other world.”

He invites people of all ages to come “escape reality for awhile.” Dr. Von Houligan’s Carnival of Calamities has shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free admission to the show is thanks to the generous contributions by the Invermere Legion.

After the circus show, the tent will turn into Beer Central, with authentic live music by L8 & European Touch from 5-10 p.m.

“We’re hoping people can come dressed up, dance, and drink some beer,” sums up Cortney Pitts, District of Invermere events coordinator.

The circus tent will allow the party to continue, rain or shine. There will be a firepit set up outside too. Come celebrate Oktoberfest Saturday, September 28th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Frohes Oktoberfest!

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