Oktoberfest in California
Enjoy a day at one of the celebrations of Oktoberfest 2016 in California. The state has the largest population claiming German heritage with over 5 million people. That’s more than 2 million more than Pennsylvania or Ohio, which rank numbers two and three on the list. So it should come as no surprise that there are a large number of places where you can celebrate Oktoberfest in California. It doesn’t matter whether you are in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego, you are not far from a fabulous California Oktoberfest. Here’s the list:
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BMW Car Club of America Oktoberfest - Monterey, CA - Aug 23 to Aug 28, 2016
47th annual event to honor BMW’s 100th anniversary. High performance driving and social activities.
Redwood City Oktoberfest - Redwood City, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
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Alpine Village Oktoberfest - Torrance, CA - Sep 9 to Oct 29, 2016
Southern California has been celebrating Oktoberfest at Alpine Village for nearly 50 years. USA Today named it one of the best Oktoberfests in the world. It is held on seven weekends in September and October in a 32,000 square foot tent. Located in Torrance, it is the most popular Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Tables are on a first come first served basis – there are no reservations. It’s 21+ on Friday and Saturday but all ages are welcome on Sunday. Tickets are between $5 and $20 depending on day. Kids 12 and under as well as those dressed in dirndls or lederhosen get in free on Sundays.
Jack Rose Libations Oktoberfst - Los Gatos, CA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
The Jack Rose Libations House is having an Oktoberfest. German music, beer, wine, food and fun! There will be a massive beer garden, traditional German games, 2 live German bands.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear, CA - Sep 10 to Oct 29, 2016
Weekends from September 10th through October 29th, 2016. There will be three expanded bier gartens, live music, vendor booths and kids games. Other contests include the beer stein-carrying contest, stein holding, beer drinking contest and log sawing competition. Tickets are available on their website. Food and beer are purchased with Burgermeister Bucks. Complimentary Shuttle will give you a ride home anywhere in the Big Bear Valley.
Old World Village Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 11 to Oct 30, 2016
September 11 – October 30, 2016 (Wednesday – Sunday). Enjoy Oktoberfest at Old World Village in September and October. Old World is a European themed shopping center that goes all out during Oktoberfest. They have parades, beautiful girls, dachshund races, a Herbmeister, and Kidsfest. It is self described as the best Oktoberfest in Orange County. Kinderfest for kids every Sunday. There are dachshund races as well.
Schroeder’s Oktoberfest - San Francisco, CA, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2016
Food and polka dancing at this San Francisco German restaurant. Bands include the Joe Smiell Jr. Band, the Blowmusk, and the Schwabenland German Band on select night at their Front Street Biergarten.
Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club - Anaheim, CA - Sep 16 to Oct 30, 2016
Friday-Sunday starting September 16. The Phoenix Club will host seven weekends of Oktoberfest fun starting Friday, September 16th and concluding Sunday, October 30th. Live music, imported German beer on tap, beer drinking and sausage eating contests, costume contest, polka lessons and kids activities including a bounce house. Admission for adults is $5. 18 and under are free.
Placerville Oktoberfest - Placerville, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
6th annual Oktoberfest features German music including polkas and the chicken dance.. Keg is tapped at 3 PM. Weiner dog races and other Oktoberfest contests. Food choices include sausages, sauerkraut, strudel, and of course lots of beer choices.
Wirsthaus - Los Angeles, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Oktoberfest starts on Sept. 17 and continues on Fridays and Saturdays.
Hotel del Coronado - Coronado, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 25, 2016
September 17-21 & 24-25, 2016. This fabulous resort located on the beach in Southern California hosts their annual Oktoberfest up on the sun deck just steps from the ocean. The event features great foods, bratwurst, sauerkraut, Paulaner and Karl Strauss beers. Enjoy the sun or enter the huge beer tent. Come as you are for this fun beach party. A different twist on Oktoberfest.
Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest - Lake Arrowhead, CA - Sep 17 to Oct 23, 2016
Celebrate Oktoberfest on weekends in their genuine Alpine village with authentic food and free entertainment. Games include stein holding, sausage toss, beer chug and more. Imported German and European beers on tap. German sausage, pretzels and more. Chicken dance too!
Jeannette Edelweiss Oktoberfest - Newbury Park, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Starts September 17, 2016
Tyrolean Inn Oktoberfest - Ben Lomond, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
German food, beer and live music.
Oktoberfest at NUBO - Santa Cruz, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 22, 2016
New Bohemia Brewing Co in Santa Cruz, CA is holding an Oktoberfest on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 from 5-10pm. Wondering if you can list. Join them for the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at NUBO! They’ll be tapping our Festbier, serving up pours in special NUBO liter steins, chowing down on traditional German-style beer garden grub by Chef Rachel of Tanglewood and listening to live music! Prost!
Oktoberfest by the Bay! - San Francisco, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Named one of the ten best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the USA in 2010 by AOL. This San Francisco Oktoberfest has live music headlined by the 21 piece Chico Bavarian Band. There are four sessions (one each Friday / Sunday and two on Saturday). Children are not allowed on Friday and Saturday nights but are encouraged on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $75 for VIP per session. VIP includes German buffet, commemorative mug, first beer, private bathrooms and guaranteed seating in private area. Children 12 and under are free and 13-18 are $5. Be sure to click on the special offers section of their website for potential discounts.
Beaumont Oktoberfest - Beaumont, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
27th annual Oktoberfest with live entertainment, authentic food, contests, arts & crafts vendors, weiner dog races, horse show and kids zone.
Mammoth Village Oktoberfest - Mammoth Village, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
An annual event with plenty of music, dancing, kids activities, beer tastings, and authentic German cuisine.
Vacaville Oktoberfest - Vacaville, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
10th annual Oktoberfest from 11 AM to 6 PM. German Food options include brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, potato salad and more. Live music most of the afternoon. Free admission.
Tioga Sequoia Oktoberfest - Fresno, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Tam Valley Oktoberfest - Mill Valley, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Newark OktoberFest - Newark, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Their 4th annual event aims to become one of the area’s favorite annual events. It will be held once again in the outdoor picnic grove at Swiss Park in Newark. Be “German for a Day!” Live music, dancing, fun and games, and only excellent “German” beers. Wine drinkers are not left out either! Enjoy authentic fare including bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, apple strudel, pretzels and more; plus, of course a selection of other foods, sweets and beverages. And here’s an additional attraction sure to put smiles on the faces of car enthusiasts – this year’s event includes a European make Car Show. So, put on those dirndls and lederhosen and get into the swing…and practice your chicken dance and polka before you come. Are you a yodeler? Perhaps you can be a star! Buy tickets online through Eventbrite, with a great early bird special.
Oktoerfest at the Inn - Rancho Santa Fe, CA - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award-top rated resort offering world-class exclusive luxury, will host a Bavarian-style Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a family event. The event will feature a Biergarten, live music, German faire and a kids zone.
La Mesa Oktoberfest - , CA - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
It now attracts 200,000 to the 3 day festival. German food, beer, entertainment and children’s activities. Hosted by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon - El Cajon, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 9, 2016
Sept 30 – October 2 & October 7-9, 2016. Hosted by The German American Societies of San Diego, the Oktoberfest usually runs the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. Authentic German food, beers, folk dancing, kids zone, craft booths and live music by the Guggenbach-Baum band from Germany.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Chico, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 8, 2016
Sept 30 – Oct 1 & Oct 7-8 only. 7th annual Oktoberfest with live music, cold beer and hot glass blowing demonstrations. Musical lineup of three bands. Oktoberfest feast for dinner included with ticket price. Don’t forget to practice up on your chicken dance before attending.
Oktoberfest lakeport - Lakeport, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Annual German festival from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. Craft beer, German and American music, authentic German food and vendors. Dachshund derby, costume contests for adults, kids and dogs, beer pong and a beer stein contest. live music from two bands.
Santa Anita Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest - Carlsbad, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Family event with German dinner, beer, dancing, live music, pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest for kids. Dinner tickets are $10 (advance) or $12 (gate). Net proceeds are donated to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and the Carlsbad Police and Fire Explorer Post.
Tahoe City Oktoberfest - Tahoe City, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Redlands Oktoberfest - Redlands, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 11am-5pm. $5 Entrance fee. Live Music, Games, Beer, Food Vendors.
Oaktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Family friendly craft beer festival in Oakland.
Madona Inn Oktoberfest - San Luis Obispo, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Madonna Inn Expo Center hosts a German meal and Firestone Walker brews in two sessions of German fun. Get two 16 oz beers, meal plus dessert, commemorative stein and live entertainment by Trio Internationale and What Just Happened. General admission is $60 per person. VIP tables are available.
Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
30,000 are expected at the 37th annual Oktoberfest by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce. It is the largest outdoor event of the City of Glendale and the Foothills. Contests include stein holding, sausage eating, Master & Little Miss OKtoberfest, best dressed dog and a coloring contest. Games, rides and bingo as well. German bands and dancing, too.
Stallion Springs Oktoberfest - Tehachapi, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Fun for the whole family with food, beer and kids activities from noon until 6 PM. Location: Stallion Springs Community Center, 27800 Stallion Springs Dr, Tehachapi.
Oktoberfest Educate! - San Diego, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
8th annual Oktoberfest from 2 to 6 PM to raise money for five U.C. public schools. Bratwurst, beer garden, live music from three bands, home brew contest and kids games.
Autumn Faire Oktoberfest - Upland, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Historic Downtown Upland is having their 2nd Annual Autumn Faire Oktoberfest Satirday October 1st from 10am-10pm. Free Admisssin – 7 Live bands on stage, craft beer, German food, vendors, contests, and fun!!! Also, The Claremont All Star Polka band will be there in the Gazebo from 1:30p-3:30p and on stage from 8p-10p Comic Cons’ beloved Flux Capacitor’s doing their tribute to the 80″s!
Pints in the Pines Oktoberfest - Twain Harte, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Beer, music concert, car show and vendors on Saturday. More beer, another concert and vendors on Sunday! Cost for beer garden is $20 for ages 21+ and includes mug for the noon to 3 PM tasting event. Bounce house for kids. Other than the beer garden, event is free and open to all.
Monterey Bay Oktoberfest - Carmel, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Noon – 6 PM. Tickets are $20 on Saturday or $15 on Sunday and $30 for the combined weekend ticket. Children under 12 are free. Day of admission tickets $5-10 more.
Clayton Oktoberfest - Clayton, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
12th annual Munich-style celebration set under Mt. Diablo in this picturesque town. Two days of fun with parade, keg tapping, live music, biergarten, German food, California wines, arts and crafts show and carnival / street performers. The band will be The Internationals. Opens at 11 AM and ends on Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 6 PM.
Camp Richardson Oktoberfest - Lake tahoe, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest with German food, beer and wine garden, pumpkin patch, costume contest for people and dogs, music and family activities.
Encinitas Oktoberfest - Encinitas, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
21st annual German festival hosted by Encinitas Chamber of Commerce from 10 AM to 5 PM on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. Street craft fair with 200 vendors, German-American band The Bluebirds and Gemutlichkeit Apine Dancers. Ceremonial parade kicks it off at noon. Craft Corner is 21+ only and will highlight craft breweries. There will also be a family fun zone for kids. Free parking is available at Flora Vista Elementary School with free shuttle service.
Oakland Nature Friends Oktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
Oktoberfest Celebration - Berkeley, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 6, 2016
Dinner in the Dining Commons at the International House.
Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest - Sacramento, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Eat, drink and dance like a German. Outdoor biergarten. Kid friendly activities.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest - San Diego, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
The 12th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. This two-day eclectic, beachside festival will include a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. The event will kick off at 3:30 Friday afternoon with live music in the 21 and older beer garden. There will be a 2 for 1 happy hour Friday from 4:30 to 6:01. The Saturday morning festivities will kick off early with a Drill instructor workout on the beach, followed at 9 a.m. with the fifth annual OB Brat Trot, a fundraiser sponsored by the Ocean Beach Community Foundation with proceeds going towards local youth sports. All ages are invited to participate; registration is $25 per family (up to 6 participants) for the 2K Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. and $30 per person for the 5K Beach Run to follow at 10 a.m. Registration for the 5K Beach Run includes free entrance into the beer garden and two complimentary beers for runners 21 and older. New to the event this year, there will be a German microbrew tasting benefiting the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. The special tastings dubbed “Poured with Courage” will be served by active and retired wounded service members on behalf of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, which will share in the proceeds. Tasting tickets are $30 and will be sold online at www.OBOktoberfest.com prior to the event and at the gate as long as they last. Saturday will also include a free beachside all-ages stage with performances by an OB Oktoberfest band, along with a food and craft vendor area on the Veterans Plaza lawn. Beer garden entertainment will include live music; the annual Sausage Toss Competition for a $1,000 cash prize; and bratwurst-eating, stein-holding and other competitions.
Oktoberfest at Fairplex - Pomona, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 29, 2016
The home of the L.A. County Fair brings you their Los Angeles Oktoberfest starting October 7th with beer, German food, Bavarian music, Games and the chicken dance. Admission for adults is $5. It’s 21+ only on Friday-Saturday.
Cotati Oktoberfest - Cotati, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
10th annual event. Authentic German meal of bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut for $15 with Oktoberfest microbrews from Lagunitas Brewing Company available. Lots of contests including wiener dog races, tankard hold and beer stein race. Admission is free. Polka the night away on the dance floor.
Oktoberfest in Nevada City - Nevada City, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Edelweiss German American Club of Redding Oktoberfest - Redding, CA - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2016
San Pedro Square Market Oktoberfest - San Jose, CA - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2016
Outdoor beer gardens with German beer and food, German Inspired Cocktails, San Jose’s largest chicken dance, Oktoberfest games, wiener dog races, and Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest contest. Kids are free!
Vegan Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
LA’s 3rd annual unique, most festive and authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Our beer hall at LA Center Studios is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It features traditional Bavarian food, live Oompah bands, beer maidens, and of course, refreshing and delicious beer poured to perfection by dozens of great breweries. Come enjoy a taste of Germany while you make new friends and indulge to your heart’s desire. Since all the food and beer is vegan, you can experience a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with a clear conscience. Win prizes chicken dancing, stein holding, and wearing costumes. Tickets sell out so get yours early. Prost! Location: 450 South Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
Dana Point Oktoberfest - Dana Point, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens Oktoberfest - Dunsmuir, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Nipomo’s Best Oktoberfest - Nipomo, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
33rd annual Oktoberfest with Miss Nipomo Pageant, Battle of the Bands, live entertainment, bbq tasting and competition, beer and wine garden and kids activities. Event is outdoors and open to the general public. 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday hours with live music from Steppin Out, Mean Gene Band and The Spaces Between. 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday with the second annual Battle of the Bands and a BBQ competition with tasting. Kids area on Saturday and Sunday has pony rides, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo and mechanical rides. There’s also arts and crafts booths and the Dave Dana Memorial car show.
Oktoberfest in Campbell - Campbell, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
German foods, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 artisans and live entertainment. Attendance is generally 30,000.
LA Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016
German food, beer and live music at this Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Tickets are $35 for regular admission and $100 for VIP admission. They feature Bavarian Dancers, a Silent Auction, a Stein Holding Contest, and a Magician show. They have an extensive list of some 35 beers and lagers to choose from. Location: 6021 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Yucca Valley Oktoberfest - Yucca Valley, CA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
This annual event will have music by the Kalifornia Krauts, games and contests for all ages. Food and beer of course. Runs from 3:00 to 9:00 PM Presale tickets available online as the event approaches or contact Wanda at the chamber office (760)365-6323.
Aliso Viejo Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, CA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Oktoberfest at Nature Friends - Sierra Madre, CA - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2016
A German themed potluck (bring your favorite dish!), dance demonstrations and other fun. $5 suggested donation.
Los Osos Oktoberfest - Los Osos, CA - Oct 30 to Oct 30, 2016
38th annual Oktoberfest and 11th Annual Car Show by the Bay. Starts with a 4-Mile run and pancake breakfast. There’s a beer garden, arts & crafts, children’s activities, music and live entertainment. Music includes Natural Incense, Soul Sauce, Stereo Steve, and Tony Harmon. Admission is free to this event.
Stocktoberfest – Stockton, CA – October 3, 2015.
Beers and brats on the waterfront from 2-9 PM (1 PM for VIPs). 21+ only. Craft beers, home brews, sausage, chicken dance-off, keg lifting and beer stein holding competitions. Live classic rock and accordion music. General admission ticket prices are $15 on their website. Save $2 off beer when dressed in costume! Food vendor Delroy Grill is back with their featured hit grilled oysters. They have 10 featured beers including Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest.
Located: Outdoor Amphitheatre, 445 West Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA.
Park Chalet Oktoberfest – San Francisco, CA – October 3, 2015
Held at Park Chalet in Golden Gate Park.
Palmdale Oktoberfest – Palmdale, CA – 5 Weekends starting October 3, 2015
Oktoberfest at Red Bluff – October 10, 2015
Hosted by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Hillcrest Oktoberfest – San Diego, CA – October 11, 2015
First annual event. Beer tasting, brats and live bands. More than 10 local breweries participated.
St. John Eudes Oktoberfest – Sept. 26, 2015
Dixon Beer Fest – Dixon, CA – October 10, 2015
Balboa Bay Resort – Newport Beach – October 16-18, 2015
Location: 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663
St. Elizabeth’s Annual Oktoberfest – Julian, CA – October 17-18, 2015
Bratwurst, beer, dancers and German music. Takes place surrounded by postcard splendor in the historic mountain village of Julian. Only one hour from San Diego.
Location: Rabobank Parking Lot
You’ll notice that there are plenty of authentic, popular Oktoberfest parties in California so you don’t have to leave the state for Oktoberfest. But here are three nearby states where you might also find an Oktoberfest worth attending: Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.
We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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