Tomorrow marks the beginning of Oktoberfest, the annual Bavarian autumn rite that celebrates 200 years this time around. In Germany revelers will be rolling out the barrels, drinking, eating, singing and making merriment of every imaginable stripe and shade on an epic scale. Here in Philly Brauhaus Schmitz will try to recreate the experience on South Street with its second annual Oktoberfest celebration. From 12 noon until 7 p.m. the Brauhaus will spill out onto the streets with live Oompah music, German food and, of course, plenty of traditional Oktoberfest and other German beers. The price is free and open to guests of all ages. Food and drinks will costs $5 a piece. Click through for more Oktoberfest celebrations.
• South Philly’s Devil’s Den gets in on the Oktoberfest action starting at 10:30 a.m. With eight German beers on tap — ranging from Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest to the more obscure Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen — and a special menu of German dishes that includes spaetzle, sauerbraten and knackwurst, there’s plenty to keep you festing all day long.
• On Saturday and Sunday (all day and all night both days) Standard Tap is throwing, ahem, a sausage party to commemorate Oktoberfest. The weekend-long Sausage Fest will feature plates of sausages for $5 and feature multiple Oktoberfest and German-style beers from local breweries.