The annual Bavarian beer and brat blowout is about to begin.
Steins will be raised, dirndls will twirl and – oh, yes – the beer will flow throughout the region as Oktoberfest is celebrated over the next few weeks.
Oktoberfest is one of the most well-known celebrations in the world, as well as one of the largest. The 16-day German festival has been held annually in Munich most years since 1810.
The celebration draws plenty of crowds in the greater Modesto region, as well, many held as fundraisers for local organizations. One of the bigger events will be held Friday as the Modesto Chamber of Commerce offers its annual Oktoberfest at John Thurman Field.
Here’s a look at the Oktoberfests on tap locally: