I ended up going to Octoberfest at EPIC because an Austrian friend felt the need to get back in touch with her roots.
$20 gets you in, $16 gets you a stein ($8 for future refills) a belt is required for looping the stein glass through when dancing or urinating, and the obligatory silly hat costs around $20.
Then you’re all set to jump around like an idiot to the band, wave hands and beer glasses (OK plastic) in the air and shout.
It’s a time honoured formula and has not changed in the fundamentals since I was 18.
The video gives a pretty fair impression.
And here’s a picture of me wearing a silly hat. (thanks to Nancy Porker for taking the pic)