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Oaktoberfest 

When: Sat., Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2013
Price: free
Oktoberfest in Oakland may not last sixteen days or begin with a twelve-gun salute like it does in Munich, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of German food, music, dancing, and beer. The Dimond district’s annual Oaktoberfest celebration (Fruitvale Ave. and MacArthur Blvd.) on Saturday will give revelers the opportunity to break out their lederhosen and dirndls; nosh on bratwurst and strudel; guzzle beer at the traditional Biergarten; and check out the German-style homebrew competition. Once you’ve gotten some liquid courage in you, bust out your best polka moves at any of the festival’s three musical stages, which will showcase the traditional sounds of Munich, as well as local bands like Bacon and the Blondies. The party continues on Sunday with Oakland Nature Friends’ (3115 Butters Dr., Oakland) Oktoberfest celebration, featuring new and old Bavarian music provided by the Bajuk Band. The Nature Friends Schuhplattler Dance Group will perform German and Austrian folk dances, and rumor has it the band may also play the “Chicken Dance,” which would of course be wunderbar.
— Zaineb Mohammed

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