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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Kick Off Oktoberfest with a Bang

The Original Greek Fest @ Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
3511 Yoakum

The o.g. of Greek fests is ready to bring you all of the spanakopita, gyros, and moussaka you could want. They also have all of the Greek wines by the bottle and baklava you could want, so it's a winning situation. Admission is $5 per adult and free for children 12 and under, with free admission for all on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oktoberfest Kick-Off Weekend @ King’s Biergarten
Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1329 E. Broadway

The festivities begin with a ceremonial keg tapping at 7 p.m. on Friday night, with all kinds of Oktoberfest revelry running throughout the weekend. Enjoy 8 varietals of seasonal bier, brats, pretzels, and ‘kraut, plus their Famous Bavarian Pig Roast alongside live music, open jousting, a themed photo booth, and Bavarian Strong Man competition. Tickets can be purchased for $10, with VIP tickets available.

Grand Opening @ Buffalo Bayou Park
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
1800 Allen

Not only can you celebrate the park’s official Grand Opening with live music, walking tours, and fun activities for all ages, but there will also be tons of amazing local eateries on hand and a beer garden located in The Water Works and Eleanor Tinsley Park for those 21 and over. Food vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Fat Cat Creamery, and The Burger Joint, to name a few. The party finishes off with fireworks at 8 p.m.

Beer & BBQ Fest @ Brenner’s on the Bayou
Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1 Birdsall

Brenner’s on the Bayou’s annual Beer Fest is back – but this time, they’ve switched things up this year barbecue pit creations with their selection of renowned craft beers. Nosh on perfectly-cooked barbeque varieties from all four regions — Memphis, Texas, Kansas City and the Carolinas — and sample eclectic brews from some of the nation’s most elite brewmasters. And do it all while enjoying live music, yard games, and fun. Tickets are $59.54 for general admission and include food and beer pairings. VIP tickets (with early entry and extra perks) are $119.08.

Octoberfestivus @ The Pass & Provisions
Sunday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
807 Taft

You can expect P&P’s first ever Oktoberfestivus to be an outrageous afternoon filled of all things they hold sacred: good beer, good music, good grub and good people. Tickets ($50) get you six 6-ounce beers, 1 food item, and three hours of kickass live music. The food lineup includes pizzas, brats, fries, pretzels,strudel, and sandwiches. 
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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