The ninth annual Redlands Oktoberfest event will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sylvan Park.
Admission is $10 for adults and free for children younger than 18. Event sponsor Anheuser-Busch will provide Munich-based Spaten beer, one of the standards at German Oktoberfest celebrations. Redlands will be well represented by local breweries Hangar 24, Ritual and Escape, each with several different offerings. There will be plenty of food offered by vendors, including the German standard sausages and pretzels.
This is a kid-friendly event with a supervised play area containing various games and playground equipment, including a jump room and slide. Free face painting also is offered. The Kid Zone is set apart from the drinking areas but is near enough for parents to see their children and interact with them.
There will be contests for costumes, yodeling and the classic hammerschlagen, as well as the traditional stein-holding endurance event. Winners get a beautiful stein.
Redlands Oktoberfest is a charity fundraiser event put on by the Redlands Optimist service club, a 501(c) nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the youth of Redlands and surrounding communities.
The Redlands Oktoberfest website, which is found at redlandsoktoberfest.com, contains more information about the event and its offerings and a two-for-one discount admission coupon.