248-543-1000 specialevents@thesocialconnection.com


Got Questions? We have answers! We are busy planning a great event so we can’t get to emails and calls as quickly as we would like, so here is the fastest way to get your questions answered:

What is OktoBEER Fest?

OktoBEER & BBQ Fest is a weekend-long festival that is a celebration of BBQ and fall themed food, LIVE local & oompah bands, games & contests and of course beer!!!  Our event will have a classic fall theme with twist on the traditional Bavarian experience.

What time is the OktoBEER Fest?

Friday October 14, 2016 | 5PM – 11PM
Saturday October 15,  2016 | 12PM – 11PM
Sunday October 16, 2016 | 12PM – 8PM

Where is OtkoBEER Fest Held?

OktoBEER Fest 2016 will be hosted on  Vester Street in Downtown Ferndale – We will be converting  Vester  Street into an OktoBEER Vester Fest! Click Here For Google Map

What If It Rains?

OktobBEER & BBQ Fest  is a rain or shine event, so please check the weather beforehand. Only in cases of extreme weather will we evacuate the event area…but only for the duration of severe weather (storm threatening lightning and/or winds).

What Do I Wear?

Anything is fair game, we just ask that you come dressed!  
If you like to get into the fall OktoBEER Fest spirit, men can always don their Lederhosen and an Alpine hat while the women can wear a Dirndl dress or a Beer Maid costume. These are available at online retailers and at many Halloween or costume stores in your area.

Will Credit Cards Be Accepted?

You bet!  We will accept all major credit cards. 
Note:  There will be a small convenience fee per credit card charge so we recommend bringing cash!

Will there be an ATM on-site?

Yes. There will be at least one ATM on-site.  It is located in the area convenient to the food booths and beer tents.

Parking & Lyft Ride Discounts!

There are several public lots available around the festival.  Please review the information below or CLICK FOR PARKING MAP for a detailed map of the parking lots in Ferndale.
Regular on-street parking available all weekend and surface lots around Ferndale.




Enjoy 30% off a Lyft ride to or from OktoBEER & BBQ Festival – Valid for CURRENT & NEW USERS!  

Use the code ‘OKTOBEERFEST16 in the Lyft app OR CLICK HERE to signup*

Will there be food there?

Absolutely! Some of the area’s best BBQ as well as other hearty & fall themed food will be available to purchase.  Check out the list of food vendors on our food & drinks page.

Will there be places to sit? Covered areas for eating/drinking?

Yes, there will be some first-come-first-serve seating under a HUGE tent!

Do I need an ID?

Only if you want to drink alcohol.

Will my drink tickets be valid all three days of the festival?

Yes, any drink ticket you purchase can be used on any day of the festival.

How can I be a vendor?

Contact us at Marketing@TheSocialConnection.com or call Matt 248-202-4662.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Sorry, no. There are state laws that regulate outside food and drinks from entering licensed festival areas. We will provide plenty of opportunities to try great food and drink while you’re here!

Can I bring my children?

Of course! OktoBEER & BBQ Fest is a family-friendly event that features bounce houses for the kids.

Will there be designated driver options available after the event?

We have a special deal for guests to get to and from the event via LYFT with details announced soon.

What Else Do I Need To Know Before Attending?

  • No entrance for anyone showing signs of intoxication – NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • All bags & backpacks are subject to search
  • No outside beverages or food permitted

Can I volunteer at OktoBEER & BBQ Fest?

ABSOLUTELY! Interested volunteers (individuals or groups) can sign up on the OktoBEER volunteer page. Click here to sign up!

Is there a charity associated with the festival?

Yes, C.H.A.S.S. – Community Health And Social Services of Detroit – You can find more information about C.H.A.S.S. here.

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, pets are not allowed with the exception of assistance animals.

Still Have Questions?

If you have really read all of the FAQs and STILL have questions (come on, how could you?!) you can inquire at  SpecialEvents@TheSocialConnection.com