Beer, brats, and Oktoberfest in Minneapolis and St. Paul

While there are a handful of lively Oktoberfest celebrations in the Twin Cities, the Black Forest Inn hosts, perhaps, the most distinctive festivities, with a ten day celebration that kicks off on September 28. If you’re in search of a weekend celebration, Gasthof’s on University Avenue offers a full bar and polka dancing over the next three weekends. The celebration started on September 21 and continues until October 13. Mill City Museum will host an event-packed celebration with lots of family friendly activities on Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Festivities include a farmer’s market, local beer sampling, a barrel-making demonstration, and live music and dancers. There will also be a beer garden featuring local breweries and plenty of German foods to sample.

Across the river in St. Paul, festivities include Twin Cities Oktoberfest at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds October 5-6 at a pricey $25 per person — but there’s a $10 off coupon here.  The following weekend, Octobe r12-13, the KlubHaus on Rice Street celebrates, with festivities including dachshund races and bed races, as well as beer and bands. (Here’s a list of even more Oktoberfest celebrations in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota.)

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Oktoberfest and all that jazz

The Selby Ave JazzFest on Saturday is a free community-oriented event featuring great food, local artists and businesses, and lively jazz music from Jason “Malletman” Taylor, Dick & Jane’s Big Brass Band, Walker West Music Academy, Wenso Ashby & Zsamé Morgan, Mikhalized, Yohannes Tona, The John Raymond Project, Salsa Del Soul, and more. If you want to get the jump on Oktoberfest, Minneapolis offers Oktoberfest on the riverfront at St. Anthony Main, featuring traditional German food presented by Kramarczuk’s Eastern European Deli and the Black Forest Inn, as well as a variety of German beers and wines. Friday, Sept. 12, 4–9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. Continue Reading

Saint Paul’s Oktoberfest celebrates heritage of North End community

Autumn is a lovely time of the year and the Saint Paul Oktoberfest is the perfect celebration for families to come together and participate in a festival that honors the German heritage of the North End community. This year’s observance is on Saturday, October 13, and the hours are from Noon to 11 :00 p.m. Oktoberfest takes place on the Saint Bernard’s Parish Community grounds at Rice Street and Geranium Avenue. Whatever the weather, Oktoberfest participants can enjoy the festivities indoors, in a climate-controlled setting. Admission to the grounds is free with German foods and refreshments available for purchase. Bruce Larson, one of the founders of the Saint Paul Oktoberfest, emphasizes that the festival is “family-oriented” and the whole purpose of the event is to have a good time while honoring the heritage of a neighborhood. Continue Reading