Oktoberfest At GACS

(10.1) Break out the lederhosen and dirndls. It’s time for Oktoberfest and the German American Cultural Society is the place to be. “Join us for two full days of celebrating the Bavarian tradition of the Wies’n in Pawtucket!” (Yes, we are sending you out of town, but this place is the last word in authenticity. Please consider a ride share service.) The ceremonial keg tapping takes place at about 1:30pm on Saturday. The Bavarian Brothers Band play both days. Enjoy the Alpenblumen Schuhplattlers, dance performers in native garb and heavy shoes, and test your mettle in one of the stein holding competitions.

No dogs or other pets are allowed — even wiener dogs — service animals only. The event runs for two days:

Saturday, September 30, 1pm to 11pm.

Sunday, October 1, noon to 5pm.

Organizers are setting up in three separate areas:

The Outdoor Biergarten will feature bier and schnapps, and pretzels, and Burgundian waffles, and stogies, and a food tent with brats and potato pancakes. And a merch table.

The Upstairs Bierhalle is where they have rows of long tables and I think everyone hoists big steins of beer while waving back and forth singing songs. There is a stage.

The Downstairs Ratskeller is also a bar of course, but this where you can get coffee and visit the “cake table.” The kitchen offers a full range of brats: “Our wurst is the best!”

Please drive carefully, or not at all.

$10/day, Saturday, September 30 & Sunday October 1, Oktoberfest, German American Social Club, 78 Carter Street, Pawtucket, (directions)


the ratskeller

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