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How many Oktoberfests can you fit into one weekend?

A scene from previous year's Ramen Attack!
A scene from previous year's Ramen Attack!
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Friday, September 25th

West Broadway Farmers Market Celebrates Five Years

The West Broadway Farmers Market was founded in 2011 as a way to address limited access to healthy food options, build wealth in the local food economy and increase neighborhood vitality. Mayor Betsy Hodges and other supporters will gather for a ceremonial "tomato cutting" at 3:00 p.m., followed by drumming from Voice of Culture Drum and Dance and a cooking demonstration from Breaking Bread Cafe.

Surly's Taproom. Photo by Joy Summers Joy Summers / Eater Twin Cities

Surly's Taproom. Photo by Joy Summers

Saturday, September 26th

SurlyFest Rocks Minneapolis

The 8th Annual SurlyFest will feature the debut of a new brew, the Surly Lager - a crisply bitter, dry-hopped lager. Pair it with some German grub such as goulash, brats or curry-wurst and take in local musical acts like 3 Minute Hero and Mark Mallman. The $40 ticket gets you a commemorative half-liter SurlyFest stein and 12 tickets for beer or food.

NEBDA Harvest Festival 2015

The First Annual Northeast Brewers & Distillers Association Harvest Festival, hosted by NorthGate Brewing, will feature a musical lineup including Mike Munson, Tropical Depression and the Honeydogs along with an equally impressive roster of food trucks like Gastrotruck, Potter's Pasties and Habanero Tacos. Revelers are asked to bring food item donations such as canned tuna, beans, oatmeal or soup for The Sheridan Story, a network of weekend food programs for at risk children.

612 Brew. Photo by Joy Summers

612 Brew. Photo by Joy Summers

612Brew Oktoberfest

The 3rd Annual Oktoberfest at 612Brew will include live music from the likes of Katy Vernon, Hustle Rose and more, food trucks Sandy’s and Habanero Tacos, and of course tons of beer. Held on their majestic patio in Minneapolis, festivities run from Noon till Midnight.

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named

The streets of Minneapolis will play host to yet another pub crawl, this time with costumes! Specials for crawlers will be offered at Rouge at The Lounge, Its Brothers Bar & Grill Minneapolis, Kieran's Irish Pub, The Loon Café, Cowboy Jacks and more. The Pourhouse is offering free cover to anyone wearing a costume or a 2015 Official Brooms and Brews T-shirt or Tank.

Rauchfest V

Harriet Brewing will host Rauchfest V, a free event filled with beer and music. They also promise to brew a single batch of Rauchfest, a smoked Oktoberfest Lager exclusively for the festival. Musical acts include Ross Kleiner & The Thrill, Hardcore Crayons, and Swallows.

Whole Foods Block Party

The Whole Foods 2nd Anniversary Block is a family-friendly event with activities, music and food from Red Cow and Whole Foods Market, as well as a specially made, limited addition mint Shenanigans beer from Indeed and Sociable hard cider. Guests will also receive a souvenir "Drink Local" glass while supplies last. A portion of proceeds will go towards Juxtaposition Arts and Whole Kids Foundation.

Celebrity ramen chefs are coming to Minneapolis. Photo by Joy Summers

Celebrity ramen chefs are coming to Minneapolis. Photo by Joy Summers

Sunday, September 27th

Attack of the Ramen

Ramen Attack: Heroes Edition celebrates Japanese and Twin Cities cuisine and culture. Sample ramen dishes and street snacks from local and guest chefs John Ng, Jack Riebel, Jorge Guzman, Keizo Shimamoto and Justin Carlisle. Partake in demonstrations by chefs Thomas Boemer, Diane Yang and Kenshiro Uki, and enjoy Surly’s exclusive brew available only at Ramen Attack. The event is free, but food and drinks are available through the purchase of passports, now on sale.

Net proceeds from food and beverage sales go to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Brews & Barks

Fulton Brewery is holding a fundraiser for Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue in the North Loop. There will be beer, games, Natesdogs food truck, live music, raffle and lot of wet kisses from pups available for adoption.

Purchase a Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue souvenir cup for $10 and the first fill is included.