News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 3, 2021
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Prost (Cheers), to Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. —  Show off your best lederhosen and enjoy live Polka music at Brookfield Zoo during this year’s Oktoberfest, presented by Leinenkugel’s. “Prost!” (Cheers!) to the season with authentic food, beer, and music on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26.

Zoogoers can visit the Beer Garden on Brookfield Zoo’s East Mall from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to find Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest beer. Guests can also purchase fall favorite fare from a selection of seasonal menu items such as bratwurst, sausages, pretzels with beer cheese, and more. Guests over 21 years old who spot the Leinie’s PolkaPedi may be treated to some complimentary memorabilia.

What’s Oktoberfest without Polka music? On September 25, get up and dance to live music from the Die Musikmeisters from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Alpine Thunder from 2:30 to 5 p.m. And, celebrate on September 26 with The Happy Wanderers, who will entertain guests 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, catch the tunes throughout the park both days between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. while the mobile PolkaPedi spreads seasonal cheer.

Admission to Brookfield Zoo is $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 3 to 11, and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15. For additional information, visit

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 Photo Captions--credit CZS-Brookfield Zoo
25: On September 25, the Die Musikmeisters will entertain guests during Brookfield Zoo's Oktoberfest celebration.

51: During Brookfield Zoo's Oktoberfest, guests can purchase seasonal tasty fare.

60: Guests over 21 years old, who spot the Leinie’s PolkaPedi may be treated to some complimentary memorabilia during Brookfield Zoo's Oktoberfest.

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with 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. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. 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


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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