Five Events for the Week, Oktoberfest, Beer, Two Sticks of Buttah and a Bowl of Gumbo

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Just put all these options in a hat and pick one. Maybe two. Becuase it's just too hard to decide. It's a busy weekend. If you strategize, you might be able the hit most things on the list.

Addison celebrates their 25th Anniversary of Oktoberfest this weekend. There will be more schnitzel then you can shake your spaetzle at. Gates open at 6 p.m.Thursday at the Addison Circle Park, where they'll have the official tapping of the first keg of Spaten from Germany. It costs $5 or $10 depending on when you want to go. Find all the details on the weekend event here.

Craft beer is certainly an important part of any Oktoberfest celebration. DEBC tapped its first keg of Rocktoberfest Ale this past Tuesday at the Meddlesome Moth. John Reardon tells you all about the beer in this snazzy video. The beer will be available at most of their regular spots, as will Franconia's special brew, Oktoberfest, which they tapped at a few spots earlier this week. Follow all their special tappings in their 200-year-old keg through their Facebook page.

Central Market is hosting Brewniverse now through September 21 where, in addition to rock, paper, scissors contests (that was in a class description), the aisles will be stocked with brewers from around the country and enough beers to "seriously stretch even a beer aficionado's 'brewniverse.'" On Sunday the Lovers Lane location is hosting a "Latin Inspired Lunch Featuring Full Sail and Session."

If you're missing two sticks of buttah this weekend, just know that Paula Deen is in town, along with Bobby Flay for the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show Saturday and Sunday at the Dallas Convention Center. There are cooking demonstrations, tasting events, workshops and a large marketplace.

Roadtrip. This weekend is the 3rd Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival on the historic downtown Strand. There's a free boat and RV show, and a two-day gumbo cook off. Visitors can purchase a $12 cup to sample the gumbo from the more than 80 teams. The high this weekend in Galveston is expected to be in the lower 80s under absolutely crystal clear skies.

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