Saturday marked the beginning of the 180th Oktoberfest, a beer-drinking festival that draws millions to Munich, Germany every year. To celebrate the occasion, Steins of Mountain View will be transforming its outdoor parking lot into Mountain View’s first and only Oktoberfest celebration on October 5th and 6th, 10am to 6pm both days.  Admission is free but drink tickets will be on sale for those 21 and older.

In partnership with Tied House Microbrewery and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Steins will replace its taps with 31 authentic, traditional German beers. Food vendors will be serving up hot pretzels, sausages and other German specialties, while live music acts and the famous ‘chicken dance’ will be performed in true Oktoberfest spirit.

Additionally, the restaurant, located at 895 Villa Street, is hosting a two-week special menu from now until October 6th. Chef Colby Reade spent time in Germany researching to nail down the cuisine. A sampling of the fare: tender, smoked bavarian-style pork shoulder and veal jagerschnitzel with bacon potato salad. To go with these comfort foods are more than a dozen German beers, on tap for your pairing pleasure.