I’ve attended the Crescent Moon Oktoberfest for a few years now, and I’ve always had a great time. It’s definitely a riotous party and often takes up my entire weekend. This year, however, I’m branching out and exploring several of the other fantastic Oktoberfests thrown by local bars and venues.
-First up this year was Gerda’s Oktoberfest (Sept. 10th & 11th). After several years of the hard-partying Crescent Moon, I really loved the relaxed and laid-back feel of Gerda’s. They don’t have as many people, or as many varieties of beer, but the atmosphere was wonderful. Finding a spot at the table and hearing your friends talk are two underrated virtues of the festival-going experience. Gerda’s is also the earliest Oktoberfest and the weather last weekend was perfect.
-This weekend (Sept 16th and 17th) is Omaha’s German American Society Oktoberfest. This, I’ve heard, is more of a family-friendly event, with face-paint, three different bands and a troupe of German folk dancers. I haven’t been there yet, but my friends assure me it has a style all its own. I’m stoked.
-Crescent Moon begins its Oktoberfest at 4:00 p.m. on September 23rd. I always look forward to this one. It’s the busiest and most exciting. I see so many old friends and people I know, it feels like I’m at a house party with Warsteiner keg-trailers. Dress warm though, it’s usually cold and rainy and the number of people that manage to squeeze inside the bar is probably a fire hazard.