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St. Paul Oktoberfest

Sept. 13
4-10 p.m.
Sept. 14
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Free; $5 wristband for beer; $8 Kinder Carnival admission
Barhopping, Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink

As we ease our way into the colder months in Minnesota, Oktoberfest parties are one great consolation prize. This weekend, the Schmidt Artist Lofts will be celebrating with a huge event open to all. The party gets started at 6 p.m. on Friday with a horse-driven keg delivery. Beer will be central to the festivities, with plenty of Paulaner varieties and a Hacker Pschorr Munich Dark to go around, as well as German wine, apple brandy, Jägermeister shots, and non-alcoholic drinks. Beer contests will be hosted on the mainstage; test your skills at chugging and mug holding. Dachshund shenanigans will also abound, with races and a limbo contest planned. Live music, dance lessons, traditional eats, and a Kinder Carnival for little ones (just steps away from a bar for grownups) round out the event. Find more info at www.saintpauloktoberfest.org.