34th Tulsa Oktoberfest kicks off Thursday

TULSA - Tulsa's 34th Oktoberfest kicks off Thursday evening.

USA TODAY has called it one of the world's top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations.

There are some changes that will affect how people get to the festival this year.

In an effort to make the party more pedestrian-friendly, organizers are only allowing one-way traffic on Jackson Avenue.
    
Last year shuttles to the River West Festival Park cost riders. This year shuttles are free.

Free shuttle stops will be made at four locations:  

  • Holiday Inn City Center at 7th and South Boulder Avenue
  • Hyatt Regency at 2nd and Main Street
  • Fassler Hall near 3rd and South Elgin Avenue
  • Trade Winds Hotel near I-44 & South Harvard Avenue

The shuttles begin running one hour before the start of the festival and run until one hour after the end of the festival each night.

As many as 60,000 people are expected to attend Oktoberfest by its close Sunday evening.

The festival opens to the public at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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