The 2017 Linde Oktoberfest kicks off Thursday at River West Festival Park, and runs through Sunday, and as always there will be plenty of beer, food, and oompah music.
Getting to and from the festival can be a bit challenging, because traffic gets heavy and parking is somewhat limited.
The solution is to use the free shuttle system, which offers pick up and drop off service in several areas.
Tonja Carrigg with RiverParks Authority tells KRMG they shuttled nearly 15,000 people last year.
“They’re running continuously throughout the festival starting one hour before we open, and continuing one hour after close time, even on Friday and Saturday when we stay open until one a.m.,” Carrigg said.
According to the Tulsa Oktoberfest website, “The Downtown Loop includes the Blue Dome District, The Tulsa Doubletree Hotel, Hyatt Regency Downtown and the Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center. Shuttles will also service parking areas at the Trade Winds Central Inn, and the Crowne Plaza Southern Hills... The Downtown shuttles run every 5-10 minutes; the south shuttles run every 20-30 minutes.”
Parking near the festival can fill up, and costs between $10 and $20.
Also, Jackson Avenue will be closed at 21st Street by police, so accessing the festival is best done either by the shuttles, or by taking Southwest Boulevard to 17th Street and turning east.
For more information on parking, festival times, and to purchase admission tickets, food and drink coupons, ride passes and more online, head over to the Linde Oktoberfest website.