Your guide to fall block parties and Oktoberfests


The rub on block parties is that they’re a summer thing, that Twin Citians don’t like to party when it’s not 80 degrees. Granted the forecast for this weekend is pushing that very number, but even with fall upon us — the changing of the leaves, tomato plants destined to wither and die — it’s not actually the death knell of outdoor Twin Cities parties.

In the coming month, we count at least six (mostly free) events with live outdoor music, food, beverage. Ranging from block parties to Oktoberfest celebrations, there’s still plenty to do once the lake cabin has been winterized. This list is restricted to parties with live music, primarily of the non-polka variety.

Saturday Sept. 26

612Brew Oktoberfest

When: noon-midnight

Where: 945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis

Music (3-10 p.m.):

• 9 p.m. – Hustle Rose

• 8 p.m. – The Satellites

• 7 p.m. – Nature Shows

• 6 p.m. – Katy Vernon

• 5 p.m. – Shakedown

• 4 p.m. – Justin Halverson

• 3 p.m. – Cheat Day

Food: Sandy’s, Habanero Taco

Beverages: 612 beers, release of Oktoberfest

Entertainment: Hammerschlagen ("a competitive game involving driving a nail into a log," Wikipedia informs us)

Cover: free


When: 2-6:17 p.m.

Where: 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis

Music: The Bratwurst Brothers, Shannon Blowtorch, 3 Minute Hero, Mark Mallman

Food: German-themed options from Surly

Beverages: Surly beers, including SurlyFest

Cover: $40 ($10 designated driver)

Whole Foods Market Block Party

When: 2-9 p.m.

Where: 222 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Music (starts at 4 p.m.): Fort Wilson Riot, Sean Anonymous, Suzie, Tiny Deaths, Stacy K, and DJ Ken Hannigan

Food: Red Cow, Whole Foods Market

Beverages: Sociable Cider Works Cider, Indeed Mint Shenanigans Beer (limited edition)

Entertainment: LifePower Yoga (2-3 p.m.)

Charity: Juxtaposition Arts of North Minneapolis, Whole Kids Foundation

Cover: free

Saturday Oct. 3

Bauhaus Brew Labs’ Schwandtoberfest Extra-Vaganza

When: Noon-11 p.m.

Where: 1315 Tyler St. NE., Minneapolis

Music: McNasty Brass Band, Viva Knievel (Haus Band), Nightlights

Food: Gerhard’s Brats, Aki’s Breadhaus

Beverages: Bauhaus beers, Schwandtoberfest Bavarian Festbier

Cover: $30 ($10 designated driver)

Thursday Oct. 8-Sunday Oct. 11

Excelsior Brewing Docktoberfest

When: Thu.-Fri. 4-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m.

Where: 421 3rd St., Excelsior



• 5-7 p.m. Tubby Esquire

• 8-10 p.m. Alpensterne


• 5-7 p.m. High Trouser

• 7-9 p.m. Gooney Birds

• 9-11 p.m. Mango Jam


• 1-3 p.m. Ron Kalman and the Hof-Brau Trio

• 3-5 p.m. Dr. Kielbasa

• 5-7 p.m. Tubby Esquire

• 7-9 p.m. SWAG

• 9-11 p.m. 70’s Sunshine Band


• 1-3 p.m. Hopkins Westwind Concert Band

• 3-6 p.m. Bavarian Musikmeisters (32 piece band)

Food: Excelsior Masonic Lodge No. 113, Patisserie Margo

Beverages: Excelsior beers, Docktoberfest Marzen

Cover: free

Saturday Oct. 10 – Sunday Oct. 11

Indeed Hullabaloo 2015

When: Sat. noon-10 p.m.; Sun. noon-8 p.m.

Where: 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis



• 12:30 p.m. –Tyte Jeff

• 1:30 p.m. – Red Daughters

• 2:30 p.m. – What Tyrants

• 3:30 p.m. – Frankie Teardrop

• 4:30 p.m. – Shadow in the Cracks

• 5:30 p.m. – Fury Things

• 6:30 p.m. – Kitten Forever

• 7:15 p.m. – The Mighty Mofos

• 8:30 p.m. – Appetite for Zaccardi


• 1 p.m. – Steve Palmer

• 2 p.m. – Matt Latterall

• 3 p.m. – Gabe Barnett & the Big House Rounders

• 4 p.m. – Mike Gunther

• 5 p.m. – The Cactus Blossoms Duo

Food: Blue Door Pub

Beverages: Indeed beers, Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, 2015 Rum King

Cover: free