Food, fun and, of course, beer

The Lock 3 Oktoberfest, sponsored by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., rolls into Lock 3 in downtown Akron from 1 to 9 p.m. The event will feature German food such as pork schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels and strudel, along with Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest, Labrador Lager, Heaven & Helles Lager; and Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest. Admission is free; you just pay for the beer and food. www.lock3live.com.

Hurry before the curtain falls

It’s your last night to catch a couple of plays on local stages:

• None Too Fragile’s Last of the Boys, about coming to terms with the Vietnam War, may feel even more relevant after Ken Burns’ latest documentary. See it at 8 p.m. at 1835 Merriman Road, Akron; tickets are $25 at 330-962-5547, www.nonetoofragile.com.

• If a mystery with a dash of history is more your speed, Western Reserve Playhouse concludes its run of Scotland Road at 8 p.m. The theater, which is now producing shows year-round, is at 3326 Everett Road, Bath. Tickets are $13 adults, $11 seniors and students. www.westernreserve​playhouse.org.

A creative way to spend the day

The Kent Creativity Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Rockwell Hall and downtown Kent. Activities, geared toward expressing creativity, include a musical instrument petting zoo, thrift store fashion show, sidewalk art, poetry, painting and storytelling. It’s free. www.kent.edu/kcf.

Pick a genre: We got ya covered

After the fest, head to the Kent Stage to check out Carbon Leaf, which calls its style “ether-electrified porch music,” with elements of folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and rock. The show starts at 8 p.m. with opener Liz Longley. Tickets are $22.50-$26.50 at www.thekentstage.com.