ST. GEORGE – Giving a special nod to the German settlers who made St. George their home in the 1800s, George Streetfest observes Oktoberfest Friday night. The celebration will include a variety of brats, cheeses, Bavarian pretzels, root beer and craft beer options, including “George Hefeweizen.”
During the Oktoberfest event, George Streetfest will welcome two very special acts.
At 7 p.m., Misty Frampton will take main stage for a 30-minute set, performing familiar songs to the playful strumming of her ukulele. Misty Frampton joined the Streetfest family of entertainers in March of 2016, first performing as a street busker. Since then, her friendly, approachable-style, combined with her talents on her ukelele, have attracted a large and loyal following at Streetfest each month.
In The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden in Ancestor Square, Sound and Stone will be at the mic from 9 p.m. until midnight. Comprised of brothers Nico and Bash, the Southern California transplants will bring their acoustic guitar prowess and unique take on popular tunes to the Jazz Garden audience. Also former Streetfest buskers, this will be the brothers’ first time headlining at Streetfest as well.
“We’re incredibly excited to be featuring Misty Frampton and Sound and Stone in October,” George Streetfest Executive Producer Melynda Thorpe said. “We think of our buskers as ‘headliners-in-training’ – each month they acquire outstanding performance skills, and become accustomed to playing for large crowds, in a very low-key, supportive environment.”
Prior to Sound and Stone’s set, local singer/songwriter Lyndy Butler will return to the mic at The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden. Butler was a hit when she first performed her original tunes on the main stage in September 2015. The young mother of four blends folk, pop, country and indie rock – often penning engaging, whimsical songs about her children – to create a unique sound beloved by audiences.
The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden will offer four select craft beers available for purchase, courtesy of Zion Brewing Company and Wasatch Brewery, alongside pours of “George Hefy,” a custom-brewed Hefeweizen created specifically for Streetfest by Squatters Brewery. This month’s Jazz Garden menu also includes brats, Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese and German potato salad. For those seeking a nonalcoholic beverage, root beer and apple beer also will be available.
Even more root beer options can be sampled at the Soda Pop Stop at the Food Truck Village, where still more brats will be offered at the Game Time food truck.
“This is a fun time of year to celebrate the German heritage of our community founders,” Thorpe said. “One of the best-known German immigrants to Southern Utah was a man named Peter Welte – who wore a well-groomed mustache that curled at either end – and he was known for establishing the Welte Brewery, which served German beer recipes in Silver Reef here in Southern Utah.”
For more information, or to become a vendor, visit georgestreetfest.com, or email [email protected]. George Streetfest organizers are now accepting applications for street market vendors, buskers and food vendors.
- What: George Streetfest Oktoberfest
- When: Friday, Oct. 7, 6-10 p.m., Desert Pulse Jazz Garden open until midnight
- Where: Historice Downtown St. George
- Cost: Free – vendor items available for purchase
Email: [email protected]