October holidays are designed for people to let loose. Halloween is our chance to dress up in costumes and eat tons of candy. Oktoberfest is the chance to vaguely celebrate German heritage and drink lots and lots of beer. (Responsibly, of course).
Say “Ja!” to Local Brews
For the past few months, Rhode Island breweries have busied themselves fermenting autumnal beers. Pumpkin spice is a favorite flavor, of course, but the famous Munich festival is a brewmaster’s chance to show off lagers and Marzens – the traditional Oktoberfest styles. To join in, East Siders now have a solid excuse to visit Beer on Earth, which made the move to Providence earlier this year, and sample their brand-new Oktoberfest brew.
Nothing beats an actual Oktoberfest celebration, complete with dirndls, polka, and Alpine caps. You can easily hop the border to Pawtucket and visit the German American Cultural Society of Rhode Island (GASCRI) for its annual festival. The club boasts an authentic Ratskeller, showcases German cuisine like Bratwurst and Leberkäse, and hosts an outdoor Biergarten. At GASCRI, you can listen to live music and dance to traditional folksongs; for Rhode Island, it doesn’t get more “authentisch” than this. September 28 & 29