IF YOU GO
What: Oktoberfest at Chattanooga Market.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd.
ON THE EPB STAGE
• Noon. Jayme Dee
• 12:30 p.m. Rita Ora
• 1 p.m. Chris Wallace
• 2 p.m. Anna Johnson
• 3:15 p.m. Tin Cup Gypsy
• 4:30 p.m. Wurstbrats Oompah Band
• Noon. Wurstbrats Oompah Band
Strap on your lederhosen and come hungry.
Chattanooga Market's Oktoberfest is back for the 11th year. The two-day event will feature musicians, costumes, food and other activities. The celebration lasts all day Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and has an extra hour built into Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
"Saturday is a lot of first-timers to the market, and then Sunday we get all of our regulars," said Chris Thomas, executive director of Chattanooga Market.
The celebration, held at First Tennessee Pavilion, home of the weekly Market, will kick off Saturday morning with a 5K and 1-mile run presented by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School. Registration for the Ram Run starts at 7:30 a.m. The fun run follows at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K is at 9 a.m.
An auto show will be set up outside, courtesy of the Scenic City Volks Folks, a family-oriented Volkswagen club.
The Wurstbrats, the German Oompah Band offshoot of Sweet Georgia Sound, will lead the musical extravaganza. The band is popular among the many families expected to visit the Market this weekend.
"They have a lot of fun with the kids," Thomas said.
Additional music, including Rita Ora and Chris Wallace, will be featured, courtesy of WDOD-FM Hits 96, a media partner for the event. They will be bringing in some young, new talent to introduce to Chattanooga. Kicking off the entertainment Saturday is Jayme Dee, whose song "Rules" appeared on the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games."
All the regulars get into the spirit as well.
"Vendors tend to dress up," Thomas said, "and we have a lot of German food, like brats."
North Shore German restaurant Brewhaus is setting up a station of German food, featuring its own menu as well as specialty items.
"All the food vendors are going to try to do something with a German flair to it."
There will be about 48 beers on tap, he said.
Volkswagen has helped increase the enthusiasm for German culture in Chattanooga, Thomas said, but the Market has seen a "growth curve" over the past several years.
Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...