@story BRAD HOBBS
@image TULSA'S OKTOBERFEST
I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never really been a festival type guy. But there is one exception - Tulsa’s Oktoberfest. The festival is loosely based on the sixteen-day fair in Germany, which is one of the largest fairs in the world.
Oktoberfest takes place in west Tulsa, just off the Arkansas River, and within the view of downtown. The festival runs from Thursday, October 21, to Sunday, October 24. Scattered around the grounds are various music tents, most selling specific beers (to those older than 21, of course). Beers are best when bought by the pitcher, which you can choose to share with friends. Each tent offers a different style of music and most have plenty of seating.
The food runs from typical fair food to items with more of a German influence. I’d recommend bratwurst, turkey legs, or a Reuben. Of course, there are milder treats, for those needing a taste closer to home. And it is gloriously greasy, which is just what you want from a fair based on beer.
For those who aren’t the “standing on tables” type, fear not. Outside the music tents there are various booths featuring local arts and crafts. Also, no festival would be complete without rides. Depending on the fortitude of your stomach and your sense of danger, there is sure to be plenty to keep you entertained.
Parking is a bit hectic around the festival, but there are various locations around Tulsa where charter services are available. The cost is a few dollars per person, and shuttles run until after closing each night.
Another tip for those who have never attended is to bring cash. Before entering, you’ll have to purchase festival tickets. Those with cold hard cash just have one fewer line to wait in. The ticket booth doesn’t take cards, but there is an ATM on the grounds.
For specific shuttle locations, maps, and admission information, go to www.tulsaoktoberfest.org.