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By Cristina Barrera

October is known for pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween, apple cider donuts and seasonal activities. Many events taking place this month that could be right in your backyard, including one that features good food, alcoholic beverages, music and quality time to spend with family and friends.

Oktoberfest returns to Cold Spring this year Oct. 22 at Hudson House River Inn on 2 Main St from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For $35, there’s traditional German buffet-style food, including wiener schnitzel, spaetzle and butter, German pilsner braised short ribs, kielbasa with homemade kraut, horseradish mashed potatoes and much more.

“Oktoberfest is one of my favorite events to be a part of in October,” said Britney Brown, an avid Oktoberfest attendee. “It’s what I look forward to most in the fall.”

Attendees can sample over 180 craft beers from more than 90 of America’s best craft breweries, available while enjoying live music, local vendors and delicious food. Pedestrians can walk around Main Street and enjoy the scenery, but designated grounds are roped off for Oktoberfest attendees 21 and older. No children, toddlers or babies are permitted inside the event’s grounds.

Looking for an event for all ages? Pumpkins and Painted Faces is taking place Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., located at 1 Museum Road in the Storm King Center. Pumpkins can be reserved and purchased through admission to Storm King, with the cost up to $15. Reserving a pumpkin online guarantees it will be held at the event site until 3 p.m. Come anytime and carve pumpkins and get your face painted!