Say yes to the dirndl


photo courtesy of Sacramento active 20-30 Club

It's time to squeeze into a form-fitting dirndl or say yes to some traditional lederhosen for a hometown spin on one of Germany's largest outdoor celebrations, Oktoberfest.

This Saturday, October 19, steins brimming with craft beers will clink in merriment during the inaugural Sactoberfest, which will be held along The Bridge District on the riverfront in West Sacramento.

Event organizers expect a crowd of more than 3,000 revelers to partake in all things German inspired, including contests for best dressed, and competitions for those skilled in beer pong, stein holding, yodeling and trivia. There'll even be a keg-rolling contest.

Don't want to put your game face on? Chill under a bier-hall tent where maidens will serve up German craft brews, as well as a selection of traditional foods, such as bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels and strudel from the likes of LowBrau, Sienna Restaurant and German Deli.

The festivities begin at noon, and the first 1,000 entrants to this 21-and-over event will receive a collectible stein. There will also be live music by the Flying Dutchman, the Alpine Horns and the Chico Bavarian Band.

And if you want to polka or waltz all that beer off, kick up your heels and check out the traditional-dance demonstrations.

A portion of Sactoberfest proceeds will be benefit the Sacramento Active 20-30 Club No. 1 Chapter, which helps underserved children in the greater-Sacramento region. $25-$75, 951 Garden Street in West Sacramento,