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Oktoberfest and Greek Dinner Festival fill weekend calendar

Dust off the lederhosen and dirndl: The Washington Beer Commission is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration Friday through Sunday at Riverfront Park.

Beer lovers can hoist a stein for German toasts at the event featuring 20 Washington breweries pouring more than 50 beers. The celebration will run Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

A $50 three-day pass includes admission, a commemorative cup and six 5-ounce pours each day. One-day admission is also available for $20 in advance, and includes a tasting cup and six beer samples. Additional tasting tokens are $1.50 each or four for $5.

Purchase advance tickets for Friday for $15, and avoid online service fees, at one of three locations: Northern Lights Brewery, 1003 E. Trent Ave.; C.I. Shenanigans, 332 N. Spokane Falls Court; or The Elk, 1931 W. Pacific Ave.

Online tickets can be purchased at The website also includes a sneak peek of the breweries pouring and the beers that will be served.

One-day admission tickets at the door are $25.

In addition to the beer, German-style foods will be available for purchase including sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels, potato salad, Black Forest cake and more. German music, eating contests and a Bavarian costume contest are planned.


Greek Dinner Festival tickets on sale

The 75th Annual Greek Dinner Festival begins Thursday.

Beef kapama with orzo tossed with browned butter and myzithra is on the traditional dinner menu at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St., Thursday through Sunday.

The church also offers a pastry booth, souvlakia from the grill, Greek salads and vegetarian plates, a taverna, dancing, coffee, a deli and import items for sale as well as books and icons. Diners can stay at the church to eat or get food to go.

Pastries are available starting at 11 a.m. each day. Dinner is served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The lunch menu begins at 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and then nightly at 4:30. The grill fires up at noon on Saturday.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Purchase advance tickets at the church; City Ramp Parking Garage, 430 W. First Ave.; Santorini Greek Restaurant, 112 N. Howard St.; Arger Real Estate, 300 N. Mullan Road, Suite 204, Spokane Valley; and in Coeur d’Alene at The Olympia Restaurant, 301 E. Lakeside, and Santorini’s Greek Cuisine, 4055 N. Government Way.

Reach the church at (509) 328-9310.

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