Des Moines’ Oktoberfest returns for the fifteenth year on September 28 and 29. The celebration kicks off at 3 pm on Friday, September 28 with the tapping of the golden keg, the festival’s longest-standing tradition. The event goes from 3 pm - 1 am both evenings, featuring 6 of the region’s best Polka bands, 6 local acoustic performers and 12 DJs. The event features authentic German beer, craft beers, food by Strudl Haus, the Polka Club of Iowa, tented beer gardens and much more. New to the festival will be two dance troupes specializing in German dancing. The event is open to those 21 and older and is held in the heart of Downtown Des Moines outside of Hessen Haus.