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Das local Oktoberfest events

There's still a lot of Oktoberfest to go, and several more events worth attending. You don't even need to yodel to get der Bierkrug filled with das Bier.

If you're wondering why Germans celebrate most of their Oktoberfest events in September, our beer blogger, Beer Country, explains it in his blog.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, The Windsor Lions Club will celebrate their second annual Oktoberfest at the Windsor Community Center. The 21 and over event features a traditional German meal with sausage, hot potato salad, sauerkraut, bread, and dessert. The evening will also feature Polka dancing, a costume contest, the chicken dance, a raffle, and lots more. Cost of admission is $30 at the door, or a slight discount if bought pre-sale, and includes one beer and all you can eat for dinner. Located at 901 Adele Drive in Windsor, the event is from 3-7:30 p.m. More information can be found at e-clubhouse.org/sites/windsorca.

You don't just need to drink beer for Oktoberfest. Schug Carneros Estate Winery drives this point home by celebrating the German holiday on Saturday, Oct. 5 with live music, authentic German cuisine, Zwiebelkuchen (sweet onion tart), and their newly fermented Federweisser. From 12-4 p.m., the celebration with the sweet white wine pays homage to owner Walter Schug's German heritage. Tickets to the event are $35 for non-club members and $20 for club members. Kids 10 and under are $5. The winery is located at 602 Bonneau Road in Sonoma. For more information, visit schugwinery.com.

Cotati gets into a German frame of mind with their 7th annual Cotati Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 12. From noon to 6 p.m., they'll serve Wunderbar German food and beer at La Plaza Park while the crowd enjoys the oompah of Karl Lebherz and his Bavarian Band. The dance floor will be calling for plenty of polka. Contests aplenty will include the Wiener Dog Races, the Tankard Hold, and the Stein Race. Admission to the event is free, and the German bratwurst meal is $15. Further information can be found at cotati.org.

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