Oktoberfest officially starts in Munich today, which means it's now perfectly acceptable to eat and drink copious amounts of German beer and sausage without anyone calling you a pig. Here are three places to raise your stein this weekend.
Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20: Stammtisch's Oktoberfest Party will take to the street, with a biergarten and barbecue, plus live German music, games and face painting. The event starts at 5 p.m., with a ceremonial keg-tapping at 6 p.m. Open to all ages until 10 p.m., proceeds go to Youth Guidance Association.
Sunday, September 21: The Kennedy School hosts a free, all-ages Oktoberfest party from noon to 9 p.m., featuring five live bands and a biergarten. Be prepared for lots of accordion music.
Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21: Oaks Park's Oktoberfest has Paulaner beer and Zenner's sausage. Need we say more? In case that's not enough, there's also a full schedule of silly activities, like wiener dog races and condiment art contests, plus oompah bands and polka dancing.