A decade of fashion
The fashion will be fierce as Envision turns 10 this year. The annual runway show features the glammest couture and ready-to-wear that the Twin Cities have to offer. Expect to see fall/winter collections from the Label, Raul Osario, Xee Vang, Mona Williams and others. All proceeds from a silent auction will go to Public Functionary, the Minneapolis art gallery that promotes social and economic growth. The swanky fun continues with an after party at Exchange Nightclub and Alibi Lounge.
8 p.m. Sept. 24, Orchestra Hall, Mpls. $30-$75, envisionmpls.com. After party: 11 p.m.-2 a.m., 10 S. 5th St., Mpls.
The annual autumnal Surly Fest will turn the brewer’s beer hall into a German paradise to celebrate Oktoberfest. Sip on Surly’s many varieties while enjoying the musical stylings of Red Daughters, the Gleam, Twilight Hours and more. Brewer’s Table will offer a Deutsch-driven menu with Munich-inspired dishes alongside the regular menu.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 24, 520 Malcolm Av. SE., Mpls. Free, surlybrewing.com
Beer is a common thread in the fall. Bauhaus Brew Labs also will offer a European-style festival, with brats and German pretzels, too. Guests will receive a commemorative beer stein. Alpine hats and lederhosen not required.
Noon-11 p.m. Oct. 1, 1315 NE. Tyler St., Mpls. $10-$30, bauhausbrewlabs.com
Twin Cities Comedy Festival
The laughs will be plentiful and the raunchiness of jokes high as actor and comedian Mike Epps headlines this stand-up extravaganza. Supporting comics include the sassy Sommore, Don DC Curry, Arnez J and Gary Owen, the lone Caucasian on the bill.
8 p.m. Oct. 7, Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls. $49-$128, axs.com
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
More beer, and plenty of it, as Summit Brewing pours its Oktoberfest lager with a clean hop finish as crisp as autumn air. The two-day event includes music by the Bavarian Musikmeisters, Squires Band and others. Food vendors will offer German foods, and merchandisers will feature specialty imports.
4-7 p.m. Oct. 7, noon-11 p.m. Oct. 8, State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights. $30, twincitiesoktoberfest.com
‘Kee kee’ drag queen
Comic and drag queen Bianca Del Rio, a breakout star and Season Six winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” brings her second tour to the Twin Cities, titled “Not Today, Satan.” Beware if you’re sitting near the front. Del Rio takes no prisoners with her biting wit and “kee kee” laugh-worthy jokes.
8 p.m. Oct. 8, Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $37.50-$199, ticketmaster.com
An ode to the bivalve/aphrodisiac. Even if you’re not feeling particularly amorous, guests can dine on the briny, nutrient-loaded mollusk in its many varieties. Local chefs armed with knives will compete in a shucking showdown. Jaedyn James and the Hunger and the Southside Aces provide music.
Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 16, Meritage, 410 St. Peter St., St. Paul. $25-$120, meritage-stp.com
A German-style festival allows wine lovers to sample the best of the 2016 harvest along the Three Rivers Wine Trail. Complete a wine trail passport for a complimentary glass of vino.
Oct. 22-23, various locations. mnwine.org
Halloween Bar Crawl
Adults can get in on the All Hallows Eve fun with a few tricks and treats the Saturday night before. Throw on a costume and have a libation at bars and restaurants in downtown Minneapolis.
8 p.m. Oct. 29, various locations. $20, halloweenbarcrawlmpls.com
Luxotica Lounge Cabaret
This lush burlesque show entertains with a dash of circus acts and a splash of seduction. Gurl Haggard and Musette perform their scintillating routines with a bit of audience participation.
8 p.m. Nov. 5. Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul. $10-$12, amsterdambarandhall.com