Short of flying to Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations don’t get much more authentic than the one at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe. The three-day event kicks off with Sanford’s Alive After 5 Street Festival, with live music, food and craft beer from local vendors. Hollerbach’s keeps the party going on Friday and Saturday with giant pretzels, savory bratwurst and boots of German beer. Admission and parking is free, but if you actually want to take part in any of the festivities, you’ll need to purchase pre-sale tickets since no cash or cards will be accepted at the event (just “Hollerbucks”). As a bonus, ticket packages also include specialty pins or T-shirts from the restaurant’s outfitter store. So gear up and get ready to get your drink on at Hollerbach’s, girl.
5-8 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday | Magnolia Square, East First Street and Magnolia Avenue, Sanford | 407-835-7323 | hollerbachs.com