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German-American Fest, Oyster Fest Square Off This Weekend

By Patty Wetli | September 6, 2013 6:48am
 Lincoln Square's annual Von Steuben Day Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Lincoln Square's annual Von Steuben Day Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — The Germans and Irish will duke it out this weekend for festival supremacy as Lincoln Square's German-American Fest takes on the Guinness Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village.

Now in its 93rd year, German-American Fest kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday — with the official opening ceremony set for 8 p.m. — and runs through 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the festival, at Lincoln and Leland avenues, is free.

Along with German beer, German food, German music and German dancing, expect plenty of revelers decked out in their finest lederhosen and dirndls during Saturday's 48th Von Steuben Day Parade, which steps off at 2 p.m. at Lincoln and Berteau avenues.

Take heed of street closures and parking restrictions along the parade route, which runs north on Lincoln, west on Wilson Avenue, then north again on Western Avenue where it passes the reviewing stand at Leland Avenue.

Had your fill of brats, sauerkraut and oom-pah-pah?

Head over to Roscoe Village for the Guinness Oyster Fest, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street.

Along with food tents serving up fresh oysters and other seafood delicacies, the fest features arts, crafts and two entertainment stages.

Music headliners include The Tossers, a band of South Side Irishmen billed as "the world's loudest folk band." Alt-rockers Rusted Root close out the fest at 8:30 p.m.

Admission is a $7 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.