Polish the tuba, rinse off the beer mugs and find your dirndl skirt or lederhosen in the back of the closet.
It’s time to celebrate the region’s German heritage at Oktoberfest. Here’s a sampling of area celebrations.
When: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Where: Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery, 5180 Leavenworth St.
What: Outdoor festivities under tents with German food, live German music, imported German Oktoberfest beers and Jägermeister liqueur served by Jägermeister Girls. Salmons Band playing German tunes.
Menu: Bratwurst, knackwurst, ham hocks, roasted chicken, sauerkraut, spaetzel (noodles), Black Forest ham, hazelnut torte, chocolate torte with Nebraska raspberries and chocolate ganache.
Information: www.gerdasgerman restaurant.com and 553-6774.
Omaha’s 125th German Day and Oktoberfest
When: Sept. 18, 5 p.m. to midnight; and Sept. 19, noon to midnight.
Where: German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St.
What: On Sept. 18, music by the Barry Boyce Band, dancing, food and spirits. On Sept. 19, music by the Festhaus-Musikanten band (a 10-piece German band) and the Barry Boyce Band; dancing; German food and beer; arcade games, bounce house and face painting for kids from noon to 6 p.m.
Menu: Roasted whole hogs, rotisserie chicken, bratwurst, schnitzel, German potato salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, German and domestic beers and German tortes. Food served from noon to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 only.
Admission: $3, Sept 18; and $4, Sept. 19. (Free for children under 12.)
Information: www.germanamerican society.org and 333-6615.
Bier Haus Oktoberfest
When: Sept. 25-26, noon to 2 a.m. both days.
Where: 1892 German Bier Haus, 142 West Broadway, Council Bluffs.
What: German food and five Oktoberfest style beers (darker malt brews).
Menu: Hot pretzels, roasted chicken, hot potato salad and sauerkraut.
Crescent Moon- Huber Haus Oktoberfest
When: Sept. 25, 4 p.m to 1 a.m.; and Sept. 26, noon to 1 a.m.
Where: Crescent Moon and Huber Haus, 3578 Farnam St.
What: Outdoor festival under a tent with German food, live music and Oktoberfest style beers. The Barry Boyce Band plays evenings. Bobby Z and the Polka Joy band play the afternoon of Sept. 26.
Menu: Usinger bratwurst from Milwaukee, roasted chicken, schnitzel, German potato salad, spaetzel (noodles), imported Bavarian pretzels and seven desserts imported from Germany.
Information: www.beercornerusa.com and 402-345-1708.
Benefit Oktoberfest for the Alzheimer’s Association
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 25.
Where: Regency Lake and Tennis Club, 606 Regency Parkway.
What: Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter. Silent auction, brief presentations by the Alzheimer’s Association, live music and German food catered by Gerda’s German Restaurant.
Menu: Beer, wine, brats, German potato salad and strudel.
Cost: $100 per person or $150 per couple.
Reservations: 554-1774 or e-mail email@example.com.
— Compiled by staff writer Jane Palmer