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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 7, 2023

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. – Order your lederhosen and grab your pint glasses – it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo, presented by Leinenkugel’s. Join the celebration with live polka music, authentic German food, and beer on Saturday, September 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests can head to the Zoo’s East Mall to enjoy and even dance to live polka music. Members of the Polka Confetti band will entertain guests with two one hour sets at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. After a short break, the Alpine Thunder band will take the stage for two afternoon sets at 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest wouldn’t be the same without seasonal favorites. Bratwurst, sausages, pretzels with cheese, and other menu items will be available for purchase.

While at the East Mall, guests 21 and over can spin the prize wheel for a chance to win Oktoberfest swag. And, those strolling through the park, should be on the lookout for the Leinie’s mobile PolkaPedi that will be riding around the Zoo offering complimentary memorabilia to 21 and over zoogoers.

Oktoberfest is free with general admission to the Zoo. For additional information, visit

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0582: Guests can enjoy live polka music during Brookfield Zoo's Oktoberfest celebration.

0706 and 0742: During Brookfield Zoo's Oktoberfest celebration, the Leinie’s mobile PolkaPedi will be riding around the Zoo offering complimentary memorabilia to 21 and over zoogoers.

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people to wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The Zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit