47th Annual Oktoberfest

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You don’t need to be German to attend the 47th Annual Oktoberfest at Sacramento Turn Verein Oct. 10–11, though it helps: When I attended this uber-popular fest a few years ago, I was suddenly lifted out of my chair by a dance-lovin’ man clad in lederhosen, who twirled me around the floor until I nearly collapsed. But what fun! Between the infectious live music, authentic German grub (I remember sausages and ’kraut), endless supply of beer and—most emphatically—the gregarious, larger-than-life crowd, there’s a reason why this Oktoberfest is considered by many to be the best in the region.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sacramentoturnverein.com or call (916) 442-7360.

What: 47th Annual Oktoberfest
When: Friday, Oct. 10 from 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, Oct. 11 from 3 p.m. to midnight
Where: Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St., Sacramento
Cost: Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for those under 6. Food and drink tickets (10 pack) are $40.