Oktoberfest Street Festival hosted by Frankford Hall Sat., Sept. 22, noon-10 p.m. Smack-dab in the midst of Frankford Hall’s packed Oktoberfest schedule is at least one event you can bring the kids to. This all-day street festival marks the official first day of Oktoberfest (as observed in Germany; in Philly, of course, we like our pregaming rituals) with pony rides, face painting, and music courtesy Alexa Poller and the Ja Ja Jas. There will be beer tents from brewers Hofbrau, Great Lakes and Spaten, street eats including Bavarian pretzels and German sausages. Frankford Hall will also have their full menu available all day; once the street fair closes down, the party will continue inside until last call. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave., 215-634-3338, frankfordhall.com.
Oktoberfest Kickoff Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz Mon., Sept. 24, 7 p.m., $65. Husband-and-wife team Jeremy and Jessica Nolen will have a little help from some talented friends for a special five-course dinner marking the start of the fortnight of mischief that is Oktoberfest. Guests will be treated to Germanic-inflected dishes from Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and SPTR, Ben Puchowitz of Matyson and upcoming Cheu Noodle Bar, and Joe Cicala of Le Virtù. The hosts will retake the reins for the fourth and fifth courses, in addition to contributing an amuse bouche that will sound familiar to anyone who dropped by FEASTIVAL. And while this meal may be a bit more sedate than some of the parties to follow, it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without enough suds to do some damage. Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South St., 267-909-8814, brauhausschmitz.com.
Resurrection Ale House Third Anniversary Bash Wed., Sept. 26, 5-10 p.m., pay as you go. Grays Ferry favorite Resurrection is celebrating its third birthday and a spate of big changes by tapping 13 choice kegs from Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company. The night will help ring in a new emphasis on drafts for the spot previously known for its bottle list. And with the recent promotion of Rhett Vellner to the role of exec chef, they’ve also got a new menu — and party guests will be privy to some complimentary first tastes. Resurrection Ale House, 2425 Grays Ferry Ave., 215-735-2202, resurrectionalehouse.com.