Oct. 12 Blocktoberfest features live music in downtown Main Street District

Hairbanger’s Ball headlines Blocktoberfest Oct. 12.

Staff Report

Five downtown Rockford businesses are celebrating fall with Blocktoberfest, a two-block party Saturday night, Oct. 12, in the Main Street District in downtown Rockford.

The street festival will feature outside bars, food vendors and popular bands to headline the State Street Stage at the epicenter of State and Main streets in Downtown West, also known as the new Main Street District.

Chicago-based Hairbanger’s Ball will headline, and three Rockford bands — Cylinder 6, Bullet and Static Signal — will also perform live during the event, which runs 4 p.m.-midnight. And to keep the party going, Octane’s Dan Minick will D.J. between live music sets, right on Main Street. Businesses hosting the event include District Bar & Grill, Kryptonite Bar, Kiwi Bar & Restaurant, Octane Bar & Restaurant, and J.R. Kortman Center for Design & Gallery.

Each of these venues will “take it to the streets” with outside bars featuring “Octoberfest-style” specialty beers, distinctive drinks and food. A new feature at Blocktoberfest will be a complimentary beer-tasting station where attendees can sample the special beers being offered at each of the Main Street District outside bars.

This is a great way to celebrate the last days of mild weather in the fall and enjoy the outside on the streets of the downtown Main Street District with great entertainment, food and drink,” said Chris Wachowiak, owner of Kryptonite and festival organizer. “All of these businesses are within a city-designated festival zone, so we are able to close off the blocks around State and Main and feature ‘open container,’ allowing festival-goers to carry beverages on the street from venue to venue.”

Jerry Kortman, co-owner of J.R. Kortman Center for Design, said this is the second in a series of Main Street District celebrations.

The Downtown Two-Block Party in August was such a success everyone was looking forward to another street party before the weather got too cool to enjoy the outside,” said Kortman.

The Octoberfest celebration will go on rain or shine, said Andy Rio, co-owner of District Bar & Grill. “Even though this is a street festival, it’s happening right out in front of our businesses, so if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we can easily move the party inside each of our establishments,” said Rio.

Three entrances will be available during the Main Street District during the downtown Blocktoberfest. Attendees of the event should enter either at State and Wyman streets, North Main and Mulberry, or South Main and Elm streets. Parking for this street festival is available in the parking decks, surface lots, and streets around the State and Main District.

Admission is $10 at the gate.

From the Oct. 9-15, 2013, issue

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