You don’t need to hop a plane to Munich to experience Oktoberfest this fall. Just an hour and a half west of Spokane, the town of Odessa goes big for Deutschesfest, an annual four-day German food, drink and culture celebration. Most importantly, there’ll be plenty of German-style ales on tap in the event’s city-block-sized biergarten, along with all the traditional food staples: bratwurst, sauerkraut, pickles, soft pretzels and more. Festive live music provides the soundtrack to the weekend, which includes a community parade through town Saturday at 10 am. After a few drinks in the beer garden (which is all ages during certain hours), wander through the vendor fair in the heart of town. Other events include Thursday night’s bed races, a fun run, kids’ zone, horseshoe tourney, talent show and more. Find the complete festival schedule online.
Sept. 13-16 • Free to attend; daily beer garden admission: $5/21+; $3/ages 13-20 • Odessa, Washington • deutschesfest.net • 982-0049
— Chey Scott