Fall festival season is upon us, and three different outdoor celebrations will take place around the Helena area this weekend.

Here's a run-down of those options.

Starting on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., Blackfoot, 66 S. Park Ave., will be putting on a block party and breaking open its Juniper IPA for the first time this year.

Bethany Flint, a managing partner at Blackfoot River Brewing Company, said the celebration is part of Blackfoot's community partnership program. 

"Sept. 21 is the first day of Oktoberfest, so we decided to do an Oktoberfest-themed party," Flint said.

The festivities will include live music with Copper Queen, a Helena-area band, a stein holding competition, Montana-sourced bratwursts served by Rockstar BBQ and more German-themed food from Miller's Bar.

"It's a more traditional outdoor festival," Flint said.

Helena's Sixth Ward is up and coming, and Megan Malkin wants everyone in Helena to get the message.

The owner of Mae & June Vintage Market, Malkin has lived in Helena her whole life, but this is the first time she'll be putting on an outdoor festival.

"All eyes should be on Midtown," Malkin said. 

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Beattie Park, on Roberts Street next to the train depot, Midtown businesses will be putting on a party with food trucks, a pumpkin patch, kids' events and family fun. A cakewalk, business stands and antiques will also be on site for people looking for an old-fashioned fall festival feel.

"It's just gonna be fall fun," Malkin said.

Now in its 24th year, York Fest will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in York, 6042 Nelson Road. Part fall festival, part fundraiser for the York Fire Department and York Community Association, the Festival includes a number of York-centric items.

York Fest kicks off with the Firefighters' Breakfast, includes a silent auction, steak fondue, a community resource fair and the very important Rubber Duck Race on Trout Creek.

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