Pumpkin Ale. Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Pumpkin Pie. Whatever your fall vice may be, pumpkins don’t have to be all of them. In fact, if you haven’t had a chance to strap on some lederhosen, this weekend is a good time to catch some last minute Oktoberfest fever. Here’s a look at a few ways to ring in October without having to carve through the guide books:
Sausage Fest Launch Party/Oktoberfest, Loreley, 7 Rivington Street, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Kicking off an eight-day-long celebration of sausage, attendees will be treated to one free Oktoberfest beer while chowing down on tubular treats care of purveyor Schaller & Weber. Classics like weisswurst and smoked bratwurst along with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut compose many of the platters available. Opt for three or grab some friends and go for the full monty with the twelve sausage platter. The festival will run through October 13th. Additionally, Loreley is featuring a variety of Oktoberfest specials up until its Oktoberfest Halloween Party this year. Saturday’s beer specials include $1 off half-liters and $3 off liters of Oktoberfest beers. A full line-up of events that’ll make you scream PROST can be found on the Loreley website.
Oktoberfest Finale, Stone Street Tavern, 52 Stone Street, Saturday, noon
This all-day affair featuring seasonal beer and soft pretzels comes with no additional ticket price. Look for German beers like Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen as well as a variety of German fare. Dine on corned beef served on a warm pretzel roll or fill up on German potato salad. Even Pat LaFrieda is getting in on the action: A special “Alpine Burger” complete with blended ground brisket will be on the menu to cap off the celebration.
Biru-fest, Sen, 12 West 21st Street, Saturday and Sunday
Fans of Japanese beer should head to the lounge and bar area at this spot for a twist on Oktoberfest beer tastings. Flights of beer will pair with your choice of select small plates; the tasting will feature several obscure brews including the rice lager Echigo Koshihikari and Yukidoke, a Japanese IPA.
Living Colour’s 25th Anniversary of Vivid Party, Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lennox Avenue, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Living Colour is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Grammy-winning album with an evening of music featuring Tamar-kali underneath Red Rooster. After the performance, attendees are invited to join the band for an afterparty. Dinner reservations can be made by calling the club directly, and $20 tickets are available via Ticketfly.