Now that Labor Day has passed, it’s time to start making fall plans. One of my favorite fall traditions in Detroit is the Oktoberfest celebration at the 82-year-old Dakota Inn Rathskeller.

The food, beer and sing-along event kicks off Sept. 18 with live music from traditional German band Die Rhinelanders. Oktoberfest continues Fridays and Saturdays through October.

The evening starts off with special beers imported from Germany and the Dakota’s menu of old world favorites like kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), jagerschnitzel (breaded pork cutlet), bratwurst and knockwurst. By the time your mug is empty you’ll be singing and dancing along to “Schnitzelbank.”

Bring cash for a $3 cover charge per person in addition to your food and beverage bill. Wear your own chicken hat, or purchase one at the restaurant.

Making reservations well in advance for Oktoberfest is recommended. Call (313) 867-9722. The Dakota Inn at 17324 John R in Detroit, has been there since 1933.

Food & beverage events

Dining in the Dark at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Chef Reva Constantine will create a four-course dinner for guests to enjoy while blindfolded. Ticket prices includes a welcome craft cocktail, meal and an afterglow with photos of the menu and discussion with the chef. 7-10 p.m. Thurs. $60. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. (248) 286-3102.

Yalla Eat! in Dearborn: Tour Warren Avenue in East Dearborn by foot and learn about the Arab-American shopping district. Tours, which run 21/2 hours, include food samples, a tote bag and free admission to the museum. 10 a.m. Sat. $20, $15 Arab American National Museum members. Super Greenland, 12715 W. Warren, Dearborn. (313) 582-2266.

Farm-to-Table Food Fest at Community House: This outdoor street festival features food from well-known chefs from Metro Detroit, plus beer, wine and spirits, and children’s activities. 4-8 p.m. Sat. 380 S. Bates, Birmingham. $25 in advance, $30 at the door (includes tastings and one drink ticket), $5-$10 for ages 3-12. 380 S (248) 644-5832.

Motor City Brew Bike Tour from Traffic Jam & Snug: This 11-mile bike tour covers Detroit’s post-prohibition brewery history. 10 a.m. Sun. $33, $10 bike rental. 511 W. Canfield, Detroit.

Detroit Restaurant Week: Detroit fine dining restaurants offer fixed-price meals for $35 for three courses. Some of the businesses new to the promotion this season include El Barzon, Mario’s, Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Townhouse Detroit and Sindbad’s. Also new this year, a $25 fixed-price menu at more casual spots like Jolly Pumpkin, Santorini Estiatorio, Town Pump Tavern and Traffic Jam & Snug. Sept. 18-27.

Grape Expectations fundraiser at Colony Club Detroit: A wine pairing dinner and fundraiser for Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center. Live entertainment and a silent auction featured. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 24. $125, $800 for a table for 8. 2310 Park, Detroit. (734) 785-7705 ext. 7087.

Whiskey Experience at Eastern Market: Hosted by the Butter Run Saloon in St. Clair Shores, this whiskey-tasting event benefits the Luella M. Harden Foundation. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 2. $100, $130 VIP ($20 discount for early purchase). 2934 Russell, Detroit. (586) 675-2115.

Melody Baetens

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