If your need for beer, brats and bands has not been satisfied this festival season, then makes plans to attend the St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest, near the church at the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport. This celebration of German heritage runs starts today and goes through the weekend. Hours are 5pm-11pm on Friday, 11am - 11pm on Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sunday. 

BratYour $5 admission to Oktoberfest includes access to line-ups at both the main stage and beer hall, as well as screens to watch the big game as you soak up good German food and drink. On Sunday, families are encouraged to bring children for Kinderfest with a bouncy room, wooden crafts, and an appearance by Radio Disney.

For a $100 tax-deductible donation, you could become a "Brewmaster" and receive (4) all weekend passes to Oktoberfest, a stoneware stein that is good for refills of fine, Bavarian brew, food passes, and a felt hat. However, you are responsible for providing your own lederhosen. It's an excellent deal if you plan to attend all weekend.

If you can't make a charitable donation or swing the admission, discounted food and beverage tickets as well as a snazzy t-shirt could be yours when you volunteer a part of your day to making Oktoberfest a success. For more details, click here.

Whether you come for the homemade bratwursts, to listen to music, or to enjoy the company of friends, this is one of the last, best chances to enjoy the Chicago festival scene! Prost!