Let's place the important names up front: Schlafly, Kulmbacher and Paulaner. These are the beer suppliers for this year's Soulard Oktoberfest, and they're truly a lovely trio more than capable of meeting your thirst requirements. And if you're gonna have a beer or two, you'll need a bratwurst, or one of those pretzels that's as big as your torso -- both of those tasties will be in plentiful supply as well. Throw in some Old World dance music from the Dorfrockers and the Deutschmeister Brass Band and it's clear to see why Oktoberfest is the most wonderful time of the year. The Soulard Oktoberfest parties down from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (October 11 through 13) in Soulard (Lafayette Avenue and South Broadway; www.soulardoktoberfest.com). Admission is $10 to $200.
Oct. 11-13, 2013