It is, depending on your perspective, either best-named or worst-named local festival of the fall: Sausagefest. And it is not a gathering where straight dudes go to meet other straight dudes and stare forlornly at the dwindling keg. Rather, it’s an autumnal celebration of beer, brats, and music. And, yes, chicks are strongly encouraged to attend. (For the love of God. Please.) The 21-and-over event promises every variety of brew that sponsor Redhook can provide. The music lineup is led by Hey Marseilles, and also includes The Black Whales, Hillstomp, The Lights, and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. And if you insist on checking the Husky score, the UW vs. Nebraska game will be projected live on a big screen. Other activities include a climbing wall—but, seriously, how can you pull a 5.10c with a beer in one hand? Don’t even try. Better to get drunk on the ground, where there’s less distance to fall. T. BOND

Sat., Sept. 18, noon, 2010

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