Americans love other countries' holidays—especially when they involve adult beverages. We love us some Coronas on Cinco de Mayo, Guinness (or the less authentic green Bud Light) on St. Patty's, and soak up the kalimotxos during Jaialdi. So it's no wonder that many a Boisean looks forward to the Oktoberfest celebration held downtown in Old Boise, which will return for its third installment Saturday, Sept. 29.
Attendees can, of course, expect to find an abundance of beer at the festival, with season-appropriate brews from far, far away, as well as Sierra Nevada and locals Payette Brewing Company and Crooked Fence Brewing Co. Admission and a mug can be obtained for $10, and tickets for beers are sold separately.
But the fun isn't all for the legal-to-drink set. From noon-5 p.m., attendees of all ages can explore the rides of yesteryear with a car show from This-N-That Classic Car Group and peruse crafts from local artisans. The afternoon hours will also include a station for younger attendees to make a Halloween spider craft, fly high in a bouncy house and delight in balloon animals. Live music from Boise Rock School, Treasure Valley Musik Meisters, Wolfie and the Bavarians and Pilot Error will get Oktoberers grooving from 1-10 p.m.
Those with some upper-body strength can partake in brew-purveyor Samuel Adams' national stein hoisting competition beginning at 2 p.m. Hold that heavy beer as long as you can and you may make it to the finals at 7 p.m., and perhaps be one of the lucky SOBs who nets a trip to Munich's Oktoberfest in 2013.