Bloody Mary Festival Gears Up September 20th, Oktoberfest Welcomes Fall at Schroeder's


Bloody Marys and garnish at The Bloody Mary Festival in 2014. Photo: © Andrea Vodickova via Facebook.

Ready for a hot, spicy, pickled day of fun? Look no further than The Bloody Mary Festival, happening on Sunday September 20th from 1pm to 4pm. More than a dozen of the Bay Area’s best Bloody Mary makers will be pouring the savory beverages, including bartenders from Foreign Cinema, The Elite Café, Picán, 1760, and Mission Bowling Club. There will be prizes for the best Bloodys, including Best Bloody Mary and People’s Choice, which attendees will get to vote on. Food trucks will be on hand, and there will also be food tasting opportunities, Bloody Mary mixing opportunities, and music.

Tickets are $45 for general admission, which includes unlimited Bloody Marys and food samples, or $75 for VIP which includes early admission at 12:15pm and lunch from a food truck. It’s all happening at the SOMArts Center. 934 Brannan St. at 8th St.

This Friday September 18th launches six weeks of autumnal Oktoberfest celebrations at ~SCHROEDER’S~. The German festivities kick off with their block party on Friday the 18th, when Front Street will close and become a beer garden from 3pm to 8:30pm. There will be hearty German fare, live music, dancing, dirndls, and lots and lots of beer. The party is free and a $5 token will be available for purchase. Each weekend until October 24th will also offer special events, live music, and beer specials; check out the schedule and details here. 240 Front St. at Sacramento, 415-421-4778.