Raise a stein at these four festive Oktoberfest events

Photos courtesy of Sacramento Turn Verein

Get ready to don your lederhosen and hoist a cold one in celebration of beer at these four regional Oktoberfest events.

Oktoberfest at Sacramento Turn Verein

Oct. 7-8 Sacramento Turn Verein in East Sacramento is hosting its 49th annual celebration. Sip authentic German beers like Weihenstephaner, which is made in a hilltop abbey in Bavaria that was established by Benedictine monks in 1040 and is known as the oldest continually operating brewery in the world. Nosh on sausages and chicken sandwiches and do a polka on the dance floor to the tunes of the Gruber Family Band, who will be playing German music both nights. $20 ($5 for children 6-12; free for under 6). 6 p.m.-12 a.m. on Fri. & 3 p.m.–11 p.m. on Sat. Sacramento Turn Verein. 3349 J St. 442-7360. sacramentoturnverein.com

Land Parktoberfest

Oct. 15 Sample local craft beers and wines at this inaugural event, including special offerings from New Helvetia, Hoppy Brewing, Ruhstaller and Track 7. Musical performances by Sacramento rock ’n’ roll group Oh! The Band will pump up party-goers as they chow down on Oktoberfest fare like bratwurst, charcuterie and Bavarian pretzels. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding for a new science center at Holy Spirit School in Land Park. $25 at the door; $20 in advance. 5-10 p.m. Holy Spirit School. 3920 West Land Park Dr. 606-4195. holyspiritpspc.ejoinme.org

Auburn Oktoberfest

Oct. 21 An authentic German feast of pork chops, sausage and potatoes will be the centerpiece of this Oktoberfest party, hosted by the Auburn Gold Country Rotary. Sample German beer and wine and clap along as Alpentänzer Schuhplattler, a Bavarian folk troupe established in Sacramento in the early ’70s, performs traditional music and demonstrates jigs on the dance floor. The event will also offer door prizes and a silent auction benefiting local youth and community improvement projects. $30 at the door; $25 in advance. 5-10 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds. 1273 High St. Auburn. 530-401-3066. goldcountryrotary.org

Roseville Oktoberfest

Oct. 22 The Vernon Street Town Square in Roseville will transform into Little Bavaria as the Roseville Oktoberfest kicks off with a tasting event showcasing beers and ciders from 15 regional breweries, including Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada and Crispin Cider. Sample food from The Monk’s Cellar and Cowabunga BBQ, who will both be preparing Oktoberfest favorites like pretzels, bratwurst sandwiches and Brunswick stew. AlpenBand California will supply classic German folk songs, while ’80s cover band Rock Monsterz will continue into the night. $25 before Oct. 7. $35 after Oct. 8 and at the door ($5 for designated drivers). 1-5 p.m. 311 Vernon St. Roseville. 772-7529. roseville.ca.us

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