oktoberfest.jpgCalifornia’s largest Oktoberfest celebration returns this weekend! The festival, now in its 12th year, celebrates German culture and pays homage to the Munich festival of the same name with fine cuisine, music, and entertainment.

If anything, Oktoberfest is really just a celebration of sheer gluttony and indulgence, with beers provided by Spatan and a smorgasbord of food, as well as “sizzling oompah music.”

Running Friday-Sunday, the event includes two separate sessions on Saturday to “provide access and an all-around better experience (shorter lines, more seating, etc.)” organizers say.

Tickets (which start at $25 for general admission) and more information can be found at at oktoberfestbythebay.com.

What: The 12th Annual Oktoberfest By The Bay
Where: Pier 48 at the SF Waterfront, near AT&T Park
When: Friday, September 30 from 5pm-midnight, Saturday, October 1 from 11am-5pm and 6pm-midnight, and Sunday (German Day), October 2 from 11am-6pm
Cost: Buy here, $25 for a general admission ticket for Friday and Saturday and a 2-for-1 special on Sunday. VIP tickets, which include a German food buffet, private bar, commemorative mug, and your first beer, as well as private area seating and bathrooms run $75.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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