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September 26, 2013

The Lookout: Celebrate German-style at this weekend’s Oktoberfest

Greet the new month a little early at the third annual Oktoberfest, set for Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Cashman Park in Newburyport.

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s event will feature a traditional German beer garden under the tent with a wide variety of German and American food. Wine will also be available from Rowley’s Mill River Winery.

Entertainment includes German music by the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band, children’s rides, a mechanical bull and face-painting.

Admission to the beer tent is $5 for ages 21 and older and free for those under 21. Additional fees will be charged for drinks, food and rides.

The park is located along the waterfront. For more information, call 978-462-6680 or visit www.newburyportchamber.org.

Flying pumpkins at the sports park

The fourth annual Pumpkin Chucking Fest is coming to Amesbury Sports Park on Sunday.

From 1 to 5 p.m., Chip Hersey will demonstrate the Mischief Knight, the catapult he built with Perry Stone. Knight and Stone, who died earlier this year, came in second in the World Championship Punkin Chunkin contest in 2009.

The free festival will also feature music from Don’t Call Me Shirley, children’s games, a small petting zoo, face-painting, train rides and raffles. Drinks, cider doughnuts and other food will be available to purchase.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of Smart Boards to further the educational and learning opportunities for people attending Coastal Connections’ programs.

For more information, visit www.pumpkinchuckingfest.com or www.coastalconnections.com.

Weekend music at the Firehouse

The Firehouse Center for the Arts is presenting two musical performances this weekend.

On Saturday at 8 p.m., Occidental Gypsy will play its unique mix of high-energy Gypsy rhythms and melodic pop hooks. The Boston-based quintet features Scott Kulman on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jacub Trasak on violin and vocals, Brett Feldman on lead guitar, Jeff Feldman on bass, Francisco Vielma on percussion, and Eli Bishop on violin.

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