Citywide Shuttle Service Replaces Parking At Tulsa Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 21st 2021, 9:13 pm

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa is back, and there are big changes. This year, there is no public parking, and tickets cannot be purchased at the gate.

Your options to get to the event are to walk, bike, rideshare or take one of the festival's 47 free shuttles.

No matter how you get there, it's best to plan and be patient.

The shuttles run every 10 to 15 minutes or 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the stop.

Anthony Gutierrez of Tulsa parked at 11th and Boston, one of the more popular stops.

"It was perfect,” said Gutierrez. “I mean, we only had to wait a few minutes for it to come. We pulled in, there was a guy there. I asked, 'So, is this where we park?' He was like, 'Oh yeah, we got you. We'll be here all night watching your cars and everything.' I was like, 'Great.'"

Ken Oakley from Oklahoma City told News On 6 he tried to ride the shuttle from Promenade Mall, but he ended up paying for a ride.

"We stayed and waited for the bus, but it just took too forever and ever, so we're impatient, I'm hungry,” said Oakley.

Festival director, Tonja "Tonya" Carrigg, said organizers learned after Corporate Night on Wednesday that some people did not know they need to take the same shuttle to get back to the same place they parked.

"So tonight, we're going to see enhanced signage and operations,” said Carrigg. “We've adjusted some staging areas for our shuttles."

Also new this year: Patrons must buy tickets online. The option to buy tickets at the gate has been eliminated to make the process faster, according to Carrigg.

Carrigg said most people have been understanding of the changes, and organizers expect another great turnout.

"Well, the weather is so wonderful, we're guessing it will be very similar to 2019, which was a record year, so that will be many thousands every day," said Carrigg.

The shuttles run an hour before the festival starts each day and stop an hour after closing.

If you want to ride a shuttle, you are required by federal law to wear a mask.

For more information about the shuttle route and the event, click here.