Watching a show during dinner is the most exciting way to liven up a meal, next to juggling silverware at the table or paying the violinists to play the entire Black Sabbath catalog. Nibble on delectables while mingling and being entertained with today's Groupon: for $30, you get one ticket to the Oktoberfest celebration presented by Santa Barbara Revels at the Lobero Theatre Courtyard on Sunday, October 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Santa Barbara Revels, a nonprofit performing arts group, celebrates autumn and fundraises with Oktoberfest, a German festival replete with a complimentary buffet of bratwurst, sauerkraut, and potato salad. Toast the Biergarten Musikmeisters' cheerful tunes and sentient mustaches with included glasses of light and dark Brewhouse pilsner, or salute crisp apple strudel with a glass of wine. Door-prize tickets (not included with this Groupon) promise a shot at one of 12 fun packages, including one that enlists specialists to map family genealogy and prepare tax returns. During the live auction, bidders dressed in lederhosen and dirndls compete for luxurious getaways to Beverly Hills or Santa Monica, or a chance to win back their confiscated street clothes. Though not required to attend, a 10% discount on costume rentals from Victorian Vogue encourages Oktoberfest attendees to flesh out the festive scene with vintage regalia.
Santa Barbara Revels forges strong communities with free and low-cost dance, theater, and vocal performances that rejoice in the change of the seasons. Year-round events celebrate traditions culled from cultures around the world, and audience members are frequently invited to lend their voices, spirits, and air-guitar solos.
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