What better way to mark the beginning of fall than an Oktoberfest celebration? Many local breweries are holding events to celebrate the traditional German affair.
If lederhosen, carefully-crafted steins and the wafting scent of pretzels are your thing, consider celebrating Oktoberfest at one of the following local breweries:
The Minneapolis brewery will offer two weekends of Oktoberfest festivities this year, on Sept. 16 and 17 and Sept. 23 and 24.
This year’s activities line up includes a free meat raffle, Polkarobics and pretzel-eating and stein-holding contests. Grab a bite to eat from vendors including Gerhard’s Brats, Northeast Pretzels, Emconada and Hopper’s Mini Donuts.
Free admission on Sept. 16 and 23; $5 on Sept. 17 and 24.
225 Thomas Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-249-7800; utepilsbrewing.com
Saint Paul Brewing
The Saint Paul brewery will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration from 3 to 10 p.m. on September 23.
Listen to roaming accordion player Nathan Neumann and the Bill Koncar Polka Band. Wash down one of the evening’s special menu items, including Obatzda (a german cheese dip) and homemade pretzels, with a pint of Saint Paul Brewing’s Oktoberfest-style beer.
Admission is free for the general public, but those who purchase a $25 ticket will receive a limited edition Oktoberfest beer stein, their first pint on the house and $5 pints all evening, among other perks.
688 E. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul; 651-698-1945; stpaulbrewing.com
The fun at this Minneapolis brewery will run for two weekends this year, Sept. 23-24 and Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Festivities will run from 4-10 p.m. on Fridays and 2-10 p.m. on Saturdays.
Minnesota Krampus — the terrifying German version of Santa — will make an appearance. Attendees can also enjoy live performances from Bavarian dancers SG Edelweiss St. Paul and a music lineup including Bill Koncar, Joey Johnson Band and Alpenstern.
The event will take place at the Northeast brewery, not the taproom downtown. Admission is free.
2540 Second St. N.E., Minneapolis; 612-333-3208; fultonbeer.com
Lake & Legends Brew Company
The Minneapolis taproom will hold its annual Oktoberfest party from noon to 11 p.m. on Sept. 24.
Sip on German Märzen beer, jive to some polka and participate in a stein-holding contest at the celebration. Those who purchase steins will receive free refills all day.
1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis; 612-999-6020; lakesandlegends.com
Wild Mind Ales
This South Minneapolis brewery will host Oktoberfest from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 24.
Custom-made event steins will be available for purchase alongside the brewery’s fest beer. Consider participating in a pretzel-eating contest or a game of Hammerschlagen while you’re there.
6031 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis; (612) 286-1777; wildmindales.com
Join in on the 5th anniversary of this St. Paul brewery’s Oktoberfest celebrations Sept. 23-25 or Sep. 30-Oct. 2. Hours are Fridays 3-10 p.m., Saturdays noon-10 p.m. and Sundays noon-7 p.m.
The festivities include live music, polka and German folk dance performances, classic festival foods, Oktoberfest beer and wine and games.
Admission is $7.50; $3 for kids over 5.
445 Smith Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-1857; waldmannbrewery.com
Indeed Brewing Company
Join in on the Minneapolis brewery’s tenth birthday celebration 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 25.
The taproom will transform into Little Munich for the night. Festivities include live music by the Twin Cities Brass Band, stein holding and festbier. The evening’s German-inspired menu from Revival includes Sauerbraten pig roast, smoked sausages, pretzel curds, fried chicken nugs and a fried chicken sandwich. Arrive in lederhosen or a dirndl for a discount on your first beer.
711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis; 612-843-5090; indeedbrewing.com
Celebrate at this St. Paul restaurant from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 2.
The regular menu will not be available — instead you can indulge in assorted Oktoberfest foods including German pretzels, sausages, roasted chicken, potato salad and other German snacks.
$25 drink tickets include access to a variety of German beers; food tickets are $35 and access to both is $60.
272 S. Snelling Ave., #200, St. Paul; 651-330-1617; chipsclubhousemn.com