Sunday, September 30, 2012

Music, Classic Cars, Suds and More at Old Boise Oktoberfest

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Downtown's Old Boise district morphed into more of an Old Germany Sept. 29, when families and beer enthusiasts flocked to the Sixth Street area for Oktoberfest.

Families cruised the selection of children's activities and artisan booths in the afternoon hours, including a giant bouncy house, craft area and glitter temporary tattoo booth on the north side of Main Street.


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  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Treasure Valley Music Mysters take to the stage at Oktoberfest Sept. 29.


Across the street, a slew of musical acts, including Boise Rock School, Treasure Valley Music Mysters, Wolfie and the Bavarians and Pilot Error, took to the stage next to Tom Grainey's.

Blue-and-white table cloths covered rows of long tables, where attendees sat back and soaked up the sun of the temperate early fall day. Tents designated the popular beer area, where local seasonal taps were served alongside those from across the globe.

Oktoberfest attendees line tables and listen to music in the afternoon hours Sept. 29.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Oktoberfest attendees line tables and listen to music in the afternoon hours Sept. 29.


Barley pop enthusiasts visited a counter outside China Blue, where girls in Oktoberfest outfits doled out commemorative steins.

Beer enthusiasts get their commemorative mugs.


Steins emblazoned with Oktoberfest 2012 were popular with attendees.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Steins emblazoned with Oktoberfest 2012 were popular with attendees.


Down Main Street next to the Pioneer Building, This-N-That car enthusiasts parked their vintage rides, popped their hoods and invited Oktoberfesters to take a look. The cars on display spanned decades, and attendees voted for their three favorites with tickets. Victors took home trophies.


Brews from local favorites and far away were featured at Boises Oktoberfest.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Brews from local favorites and far away were featured at Boise's Oktoberfest.

The afternoon hours had a relaxed vibe and the crowd was thin while a good chunk of Boise's population flocked to their TVs for the Boise State Bronco football game. But when the sun set and a victory was clinched, the nighttime party crowd came out to dance in front of the stage and tip back some suds until 10 p.m.


Classic car enthusiasts pop their hoods and invite Oktoberfest attendees to take a look.
  • Sheree Whiteley
  • Classic car enthusiasts pop their hoods and invite Oktoberfest attendees to take a look.

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