The 3rd Annual Griffith Oktoberfest kicks off in Central Park this weekend. The celebration begins Oct 7 from 4:30 - 11:00 p.m.; Oct 8 from noon to 11:00 p.m.; and Oct 9 from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Festival-goers can enjoy German food, a pumpkin patch, live authentic German music, a kid zone as well as an enclosed and heated family beer garden. Also on hand will be a variety of German biers and wines. Included on the food menu will be Schnitzel, bratwurst, Cabbage Soup, Spaetzle and more.

"We look forward to another successful Oktoberfest. We have expanded the seating area making it very family friend with plenty of activities for kids. In addition to the German beers, Griffith's three microbreweries will have some exception seasonal beers offered," said Rick Ryfa, Griffith's Town Council President.

Friday's entertainment includes the Deutsche Meister Band as well as Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle. Kid's events will include Minnie and Mickey Mouse, a bounce house and other entertainment. Saturday spectators can enjoy Polka Generations, The German Band and Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle. Kid's activities on Saturday will feature Princesses, pumpkin decorating and kid's costume contest. Frank K Band will perform on Sunday and the Kid's Zone will feature more pumpkin decorating and Superheroes.

Griffith's Oktoberfest will take place rain or shine and there is no admission fee. Learn more by following the Griffith Oktoberfest Facebook page at Griffith's Central Park is located at 349 N. Indiana Street.