When: Sat., Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 2015
It's an open secret: Edwardsville is cool. Hell, it's always been cool in an appealingly modest, quiet way to those of us who've been friends with it for years. Now, however, the town (the third oldest city in the state of Illinois, first settled in 1805) boasts a nice 'n' easy blend of mellowness with urbane amenities and culture. Today, you can eat well in Edwardsville; you can drink well there, too. Especially this weekend, as E'ville's Global Brew Tap House hosts its second annual Oktoberfest today in Edwardsville City Park (Illinois Route 159 and South Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-5858 or www.globalbrew.com). Trailers will dispense ten German-style brews as well as six craft-beer options. Food is available from the acclaimed restaurant Cleveland-Heath, and there's live music on tap of both a traditional and contemporary Bavarian bent. The event is free to the public and runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Price: free admission