A few of you can rejoice: You have made it to the only time of year when you can wear lederhosen in Colorado Springs. The rest of us get something to smile about, too: Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of beer and the foods that our primary care physicians warned us about.
Edelweiss Restaurant off Ramona Street south of downtown kicks things off Friday with Sommerfest. Through Sunday, they're offering Warsteiner beer, live music and schweinbraten sandwiches.
You'll want to come hungry.
"We're smoking two whole pigs," the restaurant warned on Facebook.
If you miss the Edelweiss fun, have no fear. Colorado Springs has no shortage of Oom-Pah this month.
If you like drinking with your dog, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has the perfect Germanic fall festival for you.
Pawtoberfest is coming to Bear Creek Regional Park on Sept. 16, with food, local beer and fun for Fido, too.
"Pawtoberfest brings animal lovers and dogs together for an important purpose, to help Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region care for thousands of lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted pets, giving them a second chance at happiness in a forever home," the nonprofit said on its website.
To learn more, click here.
Those two weekends of suds and cholesterol are just the warm-up.
Colorado Springs Oktoberfest from Sept 22-24 at SkySox Stadium is the real test.
Organizer John O'Donnell said the annual celebration of German beer, food and culture is bigger than ever.
The festival will bring several varieties of Warsteiner, including the Westphalian brewer's famed Oktoberfest, a beer so tasty that lederhosen begin to make fashion sense.
O'Donnell is bracing for thirsty throngs.
"We'll go through about 100 kegs," he said.
The event features German music, food and dancing and has drawn a loyal following.
German branches are on many local family trees, thanks to the Pikes Peak region's five military bases, O'Donnell said.
"After World War II, when troops returned to Colorado Springs, many of them brought home young German women," he said.
Those old German family traditions will come with a couple of new twists at this year's Oktoberfest.
Schnitzel Fritz will offer brewmaster's dinners during the event, pairing Deutsch delectables with suitable beers.
The festival is also offering a - gasp - wine tour. That will feature about a half-dozen grape selections and plenty of education on the more fruity form of beer.
You can buy discount tickets online now at csoktoberfest.com.
Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240