Fremont Oktoberfest

Yes, it’s the wrong month. But why quibble when there are 70 microbrews to drink? When is it acceptable—nay, desirable—to start pounding brews before noon while watching zucchini derbies and men in lederhosen? Fremont Oktoberfest, that’s when. Running Friday through Sunday this weekend (and we realize, yes, it’s September), the annual beer-tastic event can resemble the locust scene in Exodus—if the desecrated crops were kegs and the locusts were thirsty people. But, booze aside, the event is a jovial, toast-with-the-stranger-next-to-you affair with live bands (all must play at least one German song), chainsaw pumpkin carving (at 2:30 p.m. today), comedians, a cigar bar, BMX bike keg jumpers, free kiddy activities, and of course sizzling brats. Some real hot dogs will join the party today, as four-legged friends are invited into areas of the beer garden, to jog along with their owners in the 5K run (at 11 a.m.), and to strut their mutt stuff in a canine parade (at 3 p.m.). Fremont Ship Canal, North 35th Street and Phinney Avenue North, 633-0422, Free; $15–$20 for beer garden. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. SARA NIEGOWSKI

Sept. 19-21, 11 a.m., 2008

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