Oktoberfest by the Bay
Fall is coming! For many people, the most magical, restorative, and calming time of the year, Autumn is a season that distributes its unique peace over us even as its colors and temperatures are harbingers of death. Maybe it is its role as the last hurrah before the cold months of winter that gives Fall its appeal, or maybe it’s just the knowledge that the holidays are coming, but either way there is no denying that the season possess something uncanny within its limits. Reveling in this uncanniness are various festivals held throughout the world that celebrate fall in all of its aspects. Oktoberfest, one of the most well known within the United States, is a tradition that comes from Germany and Bavaria, one that merges together with harvest festivals and other merrymaking celebrations. In its current incarnation, we mostly associate Oktoberfest with beer, which is somewhat of a cheapening of the event.
Fortunately for those in and around the Bay Area from September 22nd until September 24th, the Oktoberfest by the Bay will bring back the knowledge of these traditional aspects of the world-famous Munich festival. Much more than a chance to taste some of the world’s finest beers (although, certainly a fine opportunity to do that as well!), the Oktoberfest by the Bay will include a day of music, German food and traditional beverages, traditional music and dances, and a highlight concert by the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band.
Tickets are on sale now for the event, and it is a good idea to grab them before they are gone. As this Oktoberfest is one of the best arranged and executed in the country, it stands to reason that the Oktoberfest by the Bay, which is held every year at the historic Pier 48, will command a sizable crowd. But don’t let that deter you! Plenty of room exists for all at the event, and there will be plenty to enjoy for the entire family, under-21s and all. Stay safe, stay responsible, and prepare to sail away on a river of beer and music but, most importantly, the beautiful swell of tradition. Gute Reise!