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Oakland's Oaktoberfest is the perfect way to celebrate without breaking the bank

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As October approaches, festive Americans meticulously prep for their own Oktoberfest here in the states and no city does a better homage to the German holiday than Oakland. The local Oaktoberfest in the Dimond District features local shops and vendors, obviously tons of beer and great food.

This year's Oaktoberfest is on Saturday, October 9, and is inspired by the beer gardens of Munich and features live German music, traditional German food and a variety of local beers on tap.

The event is free to attend and is hosted in the open-air Bier Garten set up at 3400 Dimond Ave. Table seating is reservation only. German specialty food platters are only available through pre-order but other authentic options like sausages will be available the day of the event.

Beer and wine by the glass can also be purchased at the event. Seasonal mixed packs of craft beer can be purchased while supplies last so pre-ordering is encouraged. All pre-ordered items, including merchandise, will be delivered to your table at the start of your reservation. While outside food is allowed, no outside alcohol of any kind is allowed at the event.

If you can't make it on the 9th but are still looking for some authentic German food, have no fear! Grand Lake Kitchen on Lakeshore Avenue will offer German platters to go on Oct. 10.

This event was made possible in part by the Dimond Improvement Association and Embrace Dimond.

The event is still looking for additional volunteers to help set up and take down booths. If you want to volunteer click here.

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