Octoberfest Announces 2018 Concert Schedule

The festival will feature 24 local bands with music starting at 9 a.m.

Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Octoberfest, an event of the Fox Cities Chamber, proudly returns for its 37th consecutive year on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The festival will feature a full day of music representing a wide variety of genres including rock, indie, Cajun-zydeco, bluegrass, hip-hop, oldies, blues and polka. This year’s lineup includes 24 local bands, including new acts and many returning favorites.


“We are excited to again provide a full day of music and a variety of genres at this year’s Octoberfest,” said Eric Stadler, Octoberfest Event Committee and Entertainment Chairman. “We’ve hand selected a great mix of bands, both returning favorites and first-time Octoberfest performers. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.” 


Due to the success of last year’s morning concerts, five of the six stages will have music beginning at 9 a.m.


2018 Concert Schedule


West End of College Avenue

Appleton Rock School                          9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Howlin’ At The Moon                             10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Cool Waters Band                                1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Vic Ferrari & Special Guests                  2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Corner of College Avenue and Division Street

The Polar Project                                  9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

The Glam Band                                    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Boy Band Night                              11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Too White Crew                                    2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Corner of College Avenue and Superior Street

Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers      9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Cold Soda Club                                    10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Ask Your Mother                                   1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sir Real                                                3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Houdini Plaza

Newtonburg Oktoberfest Band              9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Polar Vortex                                          10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Arts Fishing Club                                   12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Porky’s Groove Machine                       2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Green Screen Kings                              4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ​







Corner of College Avenue & Durkee Street

Happy Wanderers                                9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Doo Wop Daddies                                10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Noah John & Ringing Iron                     12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Copper Box                                          2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Zeroed In (484th Army Variety Band)      3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Corner of College Avenue and Drew Street

484th Army Band Ensembles                 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


With the event drawing near, the committee is actively searching for volunteers for the festival.


Event Volunteers Needed


Every year Octoberfest relies on the generosity of more than 600 event volunteers who help sell wristbands, work as bartenders, block captains, and staff 100 nonprofit food booths. Volunteer signups for Saturday, September 29 are now open. Those interested should visit octoberfestonline.org for more information and to sign up.




Octoberfest is made possible by the charitable contributions from Event Sponsors: Title Sponsor Wisconsin Distributors; Presenting Sponsor Tundraland; Premier Sponsors: Chase/JP Morgan, Appleton Harley-Davidson; Family Fun Sponsor Wisconsin Herd. License to Cruise Corporate Sponsors: Tundraland, Pick ‘n Save. In partnership with Appleton Downtown, Inc., Element Creative, History Museum at the Castle, Van’s Waste, Inc., and Valley Transit.


Octoberfest media sponsors include 105.7 WAPL, 95.9 KISS FM, KZ 104.3, RAZOR 94.7, 95.3 The Score, WHBY and WGBA-NBC26. License to Cruise media sponsors include WVBO – 103.9 and WNAM – 1280.

Premier Members

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