October holidays are designed for people to let loose. Halloween is our chance to dress up in costume and eat 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, and you can’t do better than Whalers’ #Pumpkinbeer; head over to the South Kingstown location to procure a pint. But the famous Munich festival is a brewmaster’s chance to show off traditional techniques. For example, Apponaug Brewing is putting out a “Festbier” in late September, and it’s the perfect excuse to make the drive to this bright and spacious brewery in Warwick. Keep an eye out for other Oktoberfest entries from South County’s many breweries.
Attend an Oktoberfest celebration
Nothing beats an actual Oktoberfest celebration, complete with dirndls, polka, and Alpine caps. Wakefield comes alive with its sprawling Oktoberfest celebration, where you can browse more than 100 vendors, take photos with Big Nazo monsters, and listen to live folk music in the outdoor Biergarten. The event showcases German cuisine and all the beer you can swig. For Rhode Island, it doesn’t get more “authentisch” than this. October 5