Aug-toberfest?

The International Village Business Improvement Area announced Friday they are hosting Oktoberfest on the Labour Day long weekend in August.

On August 30th and 31st, the event will feature food, beer gardens, shopping, and entertainment throughout the weekend.

"We're doing it on the Labour Day weekend because that's when the Mustard Day festival was," says Mark Bowden of RelEvent Management Inc. "The International Village has a reputation for having a festival then."

A true Oktoberfest like in Munich or Kitchener starts in September, according to Bowden, but this year Labour Day weekend falls in late August.

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International Village Executive Director, Susie Braithwaite, makes the announcement to a crowded room. (Taylor Ablett)

"Next year we will be holding it in September," says Bowden.

Some of the event highlights include a preformance by Steven Page, the former lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies. Poor Angus will also perform, the band that finished in the top 4 of CBC's Searchlight contest.

More information can be found at www.hamiltoninternationalvillage.ca