Octoberfest Street Festival this weekend

HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's only September but this weekend, we're already kicking off Octoberfest. The free street festival is Friday night in downtown Honolulu.

This celebration is free to the public, and will include music, dance, Bavarian cuisine and fun community competitions. Octoberfest is traditionally celebrated in Bavaria and throughout the world from the end of September, with hearty food, steins of beer, singing and games.

Many of the Bavarian favorite games will be featured at the Nuuanu Street Festival, such as Stein Hoisting, Yodel Competition, Prettiest Fraulein, and the Lederhosen Barrel Lift. Mistress of Ceremonies will be Dita Holifield, Hawaii's own Queen of Country, and prizes will range from a new Sam Adams Beer refrigerator to a five day Las Vegas trip for two from Vacations Hawaii.

Nuuanu Avenue and Hotel Street will be decorated with themed décor and flags reflecting the Bavarian culture at its finest. Two main stages will feature live celtic rock from the Doolin Rakes, Dita Holifield's band Red Handed, DeShannon Higa and the funky Family Dinner. Circus performer Martin Ewen "The Lurker" and other European style street artists will roam the crowd.

Food will be served from 6pm, to be provided by co-sponsor Big City Diner, as well as downtown favorites Indigo Restaurant, Otto Cakes, Brasserie du Vin, Murphy's Bar and Restaurant and Soul de Cuba. Expect Bockurst, Bratwurst, Pretzels, and Sauerkraut alongside Jambalaya, Chicken Mole, Cheesecake and even Hungarian chimney cake.

Live music will run from 7pm to 10pm on the main stage at Hotel Street.

Octoberfest Street Festival

Friday, September 24

6:00pm - 10:00pm

FREE to public