Regardless of your comfort level with lederhosen, celebrating Oktoberfest shouldn't require much incentive. Who can't get behind a cultural tradition that largely involves beer drinking? Before heading to these events this weekend, consider our tips for getting the most Bavarian bang for your buck.
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
Fri.-Sat. • State Fairgrounds • www.twincitiesoktoberfest.com
This event's $25 admission fee could be a little off-putting, even though it includes a take-home mug and one beer voucher. But a printable $10-off coupon on the website makes enjoying the traditional German fare, music and dancers at the two-day fest more affordable.
Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit
2300 University Av. NE., Mpls. • 612-781-3860 • www.gasthofzg.com
Oktoberfest traditionally ends the first Sunday in October, but this Northeast restaurant keeps its weekend polka parties rolling through Oct. 13. Bring your own mug to save a few bucks, or spend $5 for a souvenir stein during the Friday- and Saturday-night tent parties (5-11 p.m.) notoriously rife with roisterers. Half-liters are $5, but the entertainment (bro-life buffoonery, crying drunk girls and, oh yeah, live music) is free.
Black Forest Inn
1 E. 26th St., Mpls. • 612-872-0812 • www.blackforestinnmpls.com
Say alveterzane to the beer-hoisting bash with Sunday specials at this Eat Street German restaurant. While Black Forest is hosting themed parties all week, the beer gets cheaper on Oktoberfest's final day. During the kill-the-keg event, prices on half-liters drop a quarter every hour from 2 to 8 p.m. and 50 cents an hour from 8 to 11 p.m. We suggest living it up and leaving your Volkswagen at home.