The preparations are underway for the kickoff of the 2013 Oktoberfest at the New Ulm Holiday Inn today (FRI). Oktoberfest kicks off at 6pm today with the Concord Singers. Other groups performing at the Holiday Inn this year include: the Bockfest Boys, the Wendinger Band, Dale Dahmen and the Beats, Sandra Lee and the Velvets, Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, and Powerhouse. Oktoberfest runs from 6 to Midnight today and Noon to Midnight on Saturday both this weekend and next. Oktoberfest in downtown New Ulm kicks off at 11am Saturday following the German-American Day Parade, and features music by the Schell’s Hobo Band and Wally Pickal this Saturday and the Marv Nissel Band and the Wendinger Band next Saturday, along with numerous other activities. Learn more by visiting newulmoktoberfest.com.