It's time to embrace autumn and some of its iconic beverage rituals (no, not the annual release of pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks) at Oktoberfest. The five-week celebration at Wirtshaus in Fairfax and Rasselbock in Long Beach will start with the tapping of a ceremonial keg at each location. Order an entree and you'll get to drink for free from these kegs — at least while supplies last. There will be stein-holding and costume contests every weekend, so dust off the lederhosen and dirndls. Fridays and Saturdays will feature live traditional German music. Also, feel free to skip the babysitter and bring the kids to Rasselbock's "family Sundays." Wirtshaus, 345 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax; Rasselbock, 4020 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach; Sat., Sept. 22- Sat., Oct. 27; free. (323) 931-9291, wirtshausla.com; (562) 912-4949, rasselbocklb.com.
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