Break out the lederhosen and dirndls -- it's Oktoberfest time. Here are some ways to celebrate in metro Atlanta:
Der Biergarten. The downtown Atlanta restaurant will kick off its celebration at noon on Sept. 22 at noon, tapping Warsteiner Oktoberfest, and will also host a pig roast at 5 p.m. as well.
Following that, each week the restaurant will tap a new brew including Spatens, Warsteiners and Paulaner Oktoberfest.
Der Biergarten will also host a party Oct. 6 starting with a 5K race at 9 a.m. followed by a block party at noon. Tickets, which are $15 for general admission and one drink ticket or $60 for a VIP ticket that includes food and drink tickets throughout the day, can be purchased here.
Oktoberfest at Historic Fourth Ward Park. The three-day event, running Oct. 12-14, will feature German beers, craft beer from Bell's Brewing, German food, live music, games and Oktoberfest-themed activities including a Stein Hoisting Contest, Brat Toss and Keg Roll Racing. Three-day passes are $38 and day passes are $21, including entry, a 22-oz. souvenir stein and one beer each day. Tickets can be purchase here.
The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Get in on some Oktoberfest-style tailgating with a biergarten The Home Depot Backyard from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets, which are $55 and include access to the biergarten, three beers, a choice of a bratwurst or pretzel and a ticket to the Atlanta United game, can be purchased here.
New Realm Brewing. The Beltline brewery will host an Oktoberfest party from noon-6 p.m. Oct. 7 featuring pours of several of the brewery’s German beers including a Märzen, Kölsch and Munich Dunkel, live music and German-inspired menu items.
550 Somerset Terrace NE, Atlanta. 404-968-2777, newrealmbrewing.com/
Park Tavern. Benefiting the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Oktoberfest in the Park features a variety of beer, wine and cocktails, live music, corn hole, a beer mug stamina contest and a beer pong contest. The Arby’s Food Truck will also be at the event selling special test kitchen items. General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $40 and include early entry into the event, Sierra Nevada tastings, German Beer Hall tables and seating, and five tickets to be used on beer, cocktails or pretzels. Purchase tickets here.
500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001, parktavern.com/
Petite Violette. It may be a French restaurant, but Petite Violette is owned by brothers of German descent and ready to celebrate.
From Sept. 29-Nov. 3, the eatery will offer a
special Oktoberfest dinner menu, in addition to the regular dinner menu, featuring dishes such as Bavarian Pork Roast, German Sauerbraten, and Homemade Apple Strudel in addition to three German beers.
The restaurant will also host an Oktoberfest party from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 13 featuring German food and live music plus a cash bar offering German draft beers. Tickets are $50 and include tax and gratuity.
2948 Clairmont Road. 404-634-6268, petitevioletterestaurant.com/
Trade Root at The Whitley. The restaurant will offer a special menu of German items including pretzels, sauerkraut hushpuppies and chicken schnitzel from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28 and Oct. 5.
3434 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-240-7035, thewhitleyhotel.com/dining/trade-root/
The Village Corner German Restaurant & Bakery. The restaurant is celebrating starting at noon Oct. 6 and 13 with live music, giveaways, face painting, pretzel eating, stein holding, a beard and mustache competition, giant Jenga, corn hole, beer specials and giant pretzels.
6655 James B. Rivers Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-498-0329, germanrestaurant.com
Yard House. The chain will celebrate Sept. 24-Oct. 28 by offering five Oktoberfest beers including Sam Adams Octoberfest and Weihenstephan Festbier, in limited edition steins as well as special German items including a Double Pork Burger and Currywurst Poutine.
Locations at Atlantic Station and The Battery. yardhouse.com