Toast to fall: Fremont Oktoberfest kicks off this month

Say "Auf Wiedersehen" to summer and dust off those beer steins: it's time for Fremont Oktoberfest.

The three-day festival - featuring tasting gardens, live music, German grub, and a 5K run - takes place Sept. 21-23. Kids are invited to play all weekend in the Oktoberfest Village, and on Sunday bring Fido down to the 'Dogtoberfest' festivities.

The massive tasting garden will feature more than 80 microbrews, German beers and wine. The Buxom Beer Garden, located inside the Tasting Garden, will serve up microbrews in souvenir steins.
Entertainment stages provide guests with live music, the infamous Texas chainsaw pumpkin carving contest, dog modeling contest, and 'Buxom Royalty' contest.

The Oktoberfest Village will feature a by-the-glass beer garden, traditional German food booths, an entertainment stage and a kids' area with Zucchini 500 races, pumpkin carving and Oktoberfest-themed arts and crafts. The Oktoberfest Village is free and open to all ages.

Runners can participate in the Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, complete with beer belly division and appropriately ending at the village beer garden. There will also be a Fremont Oktoberfest Street Scramble scavenger hunt, which sends participants on a hunt around Fremont to find hidden treasures.

Tickets are available now at Tickets include admission, a 5oz. commemorative tasting mug and five tasting tokens.