SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Oktoberfest kicked off in downtown Springfield Friday night at the Student Prince.

It was the first Oktoberfest without Andy Yee. The annual keg tapping and kickoff event began at 5 p.m. on Fort Street with live music from the Berkshire Mountain Wanderers. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno was there to participate.

“Unforgettable fire is playing, it’s phenomenal the next three weekends, we are going to try and line up a band each weekend,” John Perry, general manager.

Authentic German beers, brats and burgers featured on a special limited-time menu. The festivities continue Fridays and Saturdays through October 23.