October is here, which means celebrations of beer and brats are popping up all around the Bay Area – and it’s not too late to join in the fun! While the Germans traditionally observe Oktoberfest with 16 days of dancing, eating, and drinking, San Francisco’s keeping it to October weekends. Lederhosen and dirndl are optional, so why not get into the spirit? Here are some places to prost:
Friday, October 19 | 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Gallery 308, Fort Mason, San Francisco
GACC (German American Chamber of Commerce) is hosting its sixth Oktoberfest in San Francisco this Friday, with delicious German food and Oktoberfest beer, provided by Ludwig’s German Table. There will be traditional Bavarian polkas and popular music by Blow Musik! and Bayern Maiden as well.
Saturday, October 20 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Civic Park, downtown Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek’s Oktoberfest moves to a new location in Civic Park this year. Kids will love the pumpkin patch, harvest-themed crafts and rides, while adults can hang out in the beer garden and listen to live music. Food booths will be on hand when you get hungry.
Saturday, October 20 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Forest Home Farms Historic Park, San Ramon
Tickets: $25 adults, $10-$15, kids 6 and under free.
Along with Bavarian dancers, a brass band, and plenty of beer, the San Ramon Oktoberfest features dachshund races! Tickets include beer on tap from four breweries and a German-themed lunch.
Saturday, October 27 | 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Masonic Lodge, 145 Park Road, Burlingame
The Hoover Dad’s Club is hosting its second annual Hawktoberfest – Hoover’s Octoberfest celebration! This will be an adult-only party focused on Hoover community building — all adults involved in the community are welcome (not just dads!).
For $80 per person (plus fees) you get the full Hawktoberfest experience: Bier Garten, live musical guest, an amazing spread of Oktoberfest food and bottomless beer and wine!
Saturdays and Sundays, October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions at the San Francisco Zoo! This spin on a traditional Oktoberfest lets you (and your family!) navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design.