Street festivals cultivate the ideal setting to greet neighbors, sample local foods, and make peace with bulls running rampant down the roads. Wave a red flag of friendliness with today's Groupon to Das Oktoberfest on September 24. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two admissions to Das Brat Trot, which includes official Oktoberfest Suspenders (a $30 value). Competitors should check in at Mader's parking lot between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with the race beginning at noon.
- For $15, you get two admissions to Das Bar Tour (a $30 value) on Old World 3rd Street starting at 3 p.m.
At the annual Das Oktoberfest block party, friends and families converse over brats, hot dogs, and drinks with the peace of mind that proceeds benefit Hunger Task Force. Festival-goers gather in the Mader's parking lot at 11 a.m. for the kid-friendly, pet-friendly Brat Trot, where competitors don complimentary Oktoberfest hats before beginning the race. Trot participants then ring in the festival with a grueling 1.5-block walk, run, or ride on a giant Slinky to Pere Marquette Park. Each attendee makes the trek with a complimentary 12-ounce Oktoberfest beer or soda in one hand, accompanying a free Usinger brat or hot dog in the other. Once at the park, participants partake in a communal jubilee. Prior to the race, athletes can also compete for prizes in a contest for best costumed individual and team, or duke it out in a pig Latin spelling bee.
At the 3 p.m. bar tour, Old World 3rd Street shuts down to be flooded by tour attendees, who bear witness to a dozen bands filling up five tents with toe-tapping tunes. Patrons can fill up on icy brews in addition to relishing Miller drink specials at 13 different bars. Everyone receives a complimentary T-shirt, allowing each guest to make their own fashion statement or a perfectly good beer mop at the VIP after party at Loaded Slate.