Oktoberfest 2023

Make a "wunderbar" difference when you support the School Sisters of St. Francis’ fall fundraising event!


Saturday, September 9th

11 a.m.-3 p.m.     

St. Joseph Center grounds, 29th Street @ Orchard St.


How to Find Us

St. Joseph Center is located at the corner of Greenfield Avenue and Layton Boulevard (27th Street) on Milwaukee’s south side, just two minutes from the Mitchell Park Domes. Enter the beer garden at 29th Street and Orchard Street (one block south of Greenfield Ave.)

Where to Park

First-come, first-served free parking is available in the Nativity Jesuit Academy lot at 29th Street and Orchard Street, across from our grounds. Street parking is available on Orchard Street, 29th Street, and around the neighborhood. Parking is also available at the Sacred Heart lot—enter at 28th Street at Lapham Street. (Please note guests cannot pass through St. Joseph Center to the grounds west of the building.)

There will be limited handicapped parking available in the St. Joseph Center / Chapel Garden Apartments lot - enter at 29th Street at Orchard.


Beer Garden

What's On Tap?

Your first beverage purchase of $14 includes a commemorative beer stein with our Oktoberfest logo. Refills are $8. Beverage options include two special beers that Lakefront Brewing Company is crafting for the School Sisters of St. Francis!

  • “Ale Mary” is a German-style ale that balances Pilsner malt and sharp noble hops in an easy-drinking, crisp-finishing brew.
  • “Our Lager,” an amber lager with a medium-light body and a dash of caramel malt sweetness, pleasing hop notes, and a crisp finish.
  • Oktoberfest has a nutty, caramelly flavor. Mt. Hood hops balance the substantially malty body, making this a great rendition of a classic German lager.

Root beer on tap, wine, A&W Root Beer Zero, and water also will be available for purchase.

BratsWhat's Cooking?

Food options available for purchase include

  • Bratwurst Sandwich Plate ($10)
  • BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders Plate ($10)
  • Authentic Bavarian Pretzel with Cheese and Mustard ($6)

Plates include condiments, chips, and a pickle.


Fun and Games

Guests are invited to try their skill and luck with bags (cornhole), giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, and Hammerschlagen (also known as “stump.”) There’s no cost to play, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

Sister Fran playing Giant Jenga with kids

Why “Oktoberfest”?

Join the sisters for a fun, in-person event in the beautiful St. Joseph Center garden!

  • Live polka music with Vern & The Originals
  • Games
  • Handmade crafts and quilts
  • Imports
  • Delicious food
  • Beer on tap from Lakefront Brewery
  • 50/50 raffle - Tickets will be one for $5 and 3 for $10. Ticket holder must be present to win.

Who Benefits?

ULAF Region - Center for Alternative ProgramsDid you know that the funds raised at Oktoberfest benefit thousands of people served by our sisters around the world?

  • Young women in India receive formal education.
  • Children with disabilities, who previously lacked access to education, learn independence and vocations in a beautiful school.
  • Remote and impoverished villages receive solar power and wells for renewable energy and access to clean water.
  • Families in Guatemala receive medical care, cooking classes, and scholarships to attend school.
  • Our sisters, who have spent their lives as witnesses to our mission, are provided caring support in retirement.

You Can Help!

In addition to your attendance, please help spread the word about Oktoberfest! For information about sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation, contact Beth Polacheck at bpolacheck@sssf.org or 414-385-5347.

Tell your friends, bring your family, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in our beautiful garden on Milwaukee’s south side.

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Group at Beer Garden

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Mary Therese Ryan

Pat Wilde and the Class of 54



The Hoff Group


Clement Manor


Community Care





The Fitzpatrick Group




Sieve Networks

Tri City National Bank