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The first official day of fall is Monday, Sept. 23, and what better way to welcome it than by attending a local Oktoberfest celebration? Check out how the beach and surrounding cities are celebrating this popular German rite of passage.
Sept. 21 • Rehoboth Beach
Throw on your lederhosen and get yourself to Oktoberfest at Revelation Craft Brewing Company. The Rehoboth brewery will have its Oktoberfest Lager on tap and plenty of German foods will be on the menu. There will be stein holding competitions throughout the day and those who come dressed in their best Oktoberfest gear could win best dressed. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sept. 27-28 • Milford
St. John the Apostle Parish in Milford is gearing up for its 29th annual Oktoberfest and 5K. The festivities kick-off on Friday evening with The Funsters playing from 6-10 p.m. Also featured that night will be the third annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk. The race begins at 6 p.m., with a Healthy Kids Run (kids 10 and under) starting at 5:55 p.m. Registration is $30 and adult entrants will receive a free beer at the end of the race. Sign up at TriSportsEvents.com. The festivities begin on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. For more information and to purchase your food tickets in advance, visit this website.
Sept. 28 • Dover
Don’t miss OktDoverFest, Dover’s spin on the traditional German rite of passage. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at 9 pm. Enjoy live music as you enjoy food from food trucks and Dover’s restaurants and pubs will be offering street food. There will of course, be plenty of beer from local craft breweries as well as spirits, ciders, teas and wines. Tickets are $37 per person, which includes unlimited pours and an OktDoverFest t-shirt. The event will be held in downtown Dover on Loockerman St.
Big Oyster Beer./Photo by Andrew Hoffecker
Sept. 29 • Lewes
Big Oyster Brewery is taking your Sunday-Funday up a notch with its Oktoberfest event that runs from noon-6 p.m. For $25 enjoy a German-style buffet featuring a whole roasted pig, roasted oysters, German sausage, pretzels and sauerkraut. Purchase a Big Oyster collectable mug for $10 and indulge in $5 refills on Oystoberfest lager, public pilsner, Shuckin Pumpkin’ and the Hefeweizen. All other beers will be $8 refills. There will also be a special performance by The Wandering Oompah Band. For updates and more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Oct. 4 • Milton
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Milton Farmers’ Market from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Slinging Daisies, plus plenty of local produce, beer, pumpkins and more. It will be the last market of the season; visit the Facebook event for more information.
Oct. 4-6 • Lewes
Crooked Hammock Brewery will celebrate all weekend long with German-inspired beer and food and activities for the kids. It will be the perfect opportunity to indulge in a few pints of Jav-O-Lantern, the brewery’s smoked pumpkin coffee ale. Visit chblewes.com or facebook.com/CrookedHammockBrewpub for updates and more information.