Enjoy a day at one of the celebrations of Oktoberfest 2018 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:Last Major Update:
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Alpine Village Oktoberfest - Torrance, CA - Sep 7 to Oct 27, 2018
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.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear, CA - Sep 8 to Nov 3, 2018
Weekends. 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 9 to Oct 28, 2018
Wednesday through 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.
Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest - Lake Arrowhead, CA - Sep 15 to Oct 28, 2018
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!
Monterey Bay Oktoberfest - Carmel, CA - Sep 15, 2018
Noon – 6 PM. Tickets are $20. Children under 12 are free. Under the Beer Garden Tent. Activities include Cracking the First Keg, Live Music & Dancing The Internationals, Mens Beer Stein Holding Contest, Womens Beer Stein Holding Contest, Miss Oktoberfest 2018 Contest presented by Lugano Swiss Bistro, Miss Jr. Oktoberfest 2018 Contest presented by Lugano Swiss Bistro.
Redwood City Oktoberfest - Redwood City, CA - Sep 19 to Sep 23, 2018
For the fifth year, Redwood City celebrates Oktoberfest Downtown Redwood City, featuring a fabulous traditional German Oktoberfest setting with over 1,100 feet of “family style” bench seating; lots of fun and merriment; music; dancing; contests; cold beer and other beverages; food and more! Now featuring two “Happy Hour Seatings” on September 19th and 20th, followed by Festival Seatings through Sunday, Sept. 23rd, the huge decked-out Oktoberfest tent transforms Courthouse Square for revelers of all ages to enjoy.
Schroeder’s Oktoberfest - San Francisco, CA, CA - Sep 21, 2018
Food and polka dancing at this San Francisco German restaurant.
Oktoberfest by the Bay! - San Francisco, CA - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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. VIP includes German buffet, commemorative mug, first beer, private bathrooms and guaranteed seating in private area. Be sure to click on the special offers section of their website for potential discounts.
Beaumont Oktoberfest - Beaumont, CA - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
29th 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 21 to Sep 22, 2018
An annual event with plenty of music, dancing, kids activities, beer tastings, and authentic German cuisine.
Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club - Anaheim, CA - Sep 21 to Oct 28, 2018
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 22, 2018
This 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.
Vacaville Oktoberfest - Vacaville, CA - Sep 22, 2018
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.
Squaw Valley Oktoberfest - Olympic Valley, CA - Sep 22, 2018
Noon to 6 PM. This annual event will transform the Village at Squaw Valley into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun. Entrance to Oktoberfest and entertainment are FREE. All proceeds from beer sales benefit the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation Festival goers must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase beer. Brats, Bavarian Pretzels and Rootbeer floats available for purchase. All Oktoberfest Games are FREE to enter. First come, first to participate
Tioga Sequoia Oktoberfest - Fresno, CA - Sep 22, 2018
Oktoberfest at the Inn - Rancho Santa Fe, CA - Sep 23, 2018
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, a CondÃ© Nast Traveler Readersâ€™ 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 - La Mesa, CA - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
It now attracts 200,000 to the 3 day festival. German food, beer, entertainment and childrens activities. Hosted by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon - El Cajon, CA - Sep 28 to Oct 7, 2018
Two weekends. 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 28 to Oct 6, 2018
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. Donâ€™t forget to practice up on your chicken dance before attending. Weekends only.
Tahoe City Oktoberfest - Tahoe City, CA - Sep 29, 2018
Featuring local craft beers, live music, and delicious food in a festive fall celebration, Tahoe Citys Annual Oktoberfest returns to town for Saturday
Oaktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
Family friendly craft beer festival in Oakland.
Figtoberfest - Buellton, CA - Sep 29, 2018
Tyrolean Inn Oktoberfest - Ben Lomond, CA - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
German food, beer and live music.
Santa Anita Oktoberfest - Arcadia, CA - Sep 29, 2018
Encinitas Oktoberfest - Encinitas, CA - Sep 30, 2018
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.
Oktoberfest at Fairplex - Pomona, CA - Oct 5 to Oct 20, 2018
The home of the L.A. County Fair brings you their Los Angeles Oktoberfest with beer, German food, Bavarian music, Games and the chicken dance. It’s 21+ only on Friday-Saturday.
Oktoberfest Lakeport - Lakeport, CA - Oct 6, 2018
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.
Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest - Carlsbad, CA - Oct 6, 2018
Family event with German dinner, beer, dancing, live music, pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest for kids. Net proceeds are donated to local causes.
Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CA - Oct 6, 2018
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 6, 2018
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.
Clayton Oktoberfest - Clayton, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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. Opens at 11 AM and ends on Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 6 PM.
Oktoberfest in Nevada City - Nevada City, CA - Oct 6, 2018
A day of great food and music. 12 different Breweries will be there on tap. Local band Road Test and the Hannerbrinks Gorman band will be preforming with German dancers. Authentic German food to go along with all the great beer.
Redlands Oktoberfest - Redlands, CA - Oct 6, 2018
Live Music, Games, Beer, Food Vendors. Benefits Redlands Optimists and their work in the community. $10 admission (under 21 is free).
Pints in the Pines Oktoberfest - Twain Harte, CA - Oct 6, 2018
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.
Camp Richardson Oktoberfest - Lake tahoe, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest with German food, beer and wine garden, pumpkin patch, costume contest for people and dogs, music and family activities.
Redlands Oktoberfest - Redlands, CA - Oct 6, 2018
Head to Sylvan Park for Oktoberfest beers and local craft brews, kids activities, contests for best costume, yodeling, stein holding, and Hammerschlagen; live polka music, food and more!
Oakland Nature Friends Oktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Oct 7, 2018
Festivals feature dancing to live bands (alpine and international folk music), German food, and performances by our very own Schuhplattler dancers in traditional attire. German beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks are served. The kitchen serves traditional Spätzle, Bratwurst, Kartoffelsalat (potato salad), Sauerkraut, Pork Roast (Schweinebraten), and German desserts, while Bretzeln (pretzels) and Würstchen (sausages) are available as Vesperle (snacks). Lederhosen, Dirndl, Tirolerhut and any other Trachtenkleid (traditional attire) encouraged!
Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest - Sacramento, CA - Oct 12, 2018
Eat, drink and dance like a German. Outdoor biergarten. Kid friendly activities.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest - San Diego, CA - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
The 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.
Modesto Oktoberfest - Modesto, CA - Oct 12, 2018
EdUCate! Oktoberfest - San Diego, CA - Oct 13, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest from 1 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.
Cotati Oktoberfest - Cotati, CA - Oct 13, 2018
12th 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.
Park Chalet Oktoberfest - San Francisco, CA - Oct 13, 2018
Julian Oktoberfest - Julian, CA - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
A weekend of German folk music, dancers, children’s events, food and drink.
Aliso Viejo Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, CA - Oct 18, 2018
Walnut Creek Oktoberfest - Walnut Creek, CA - Oct 20, 2018
Lace up the dirndl dress and don the lederhosen Autumn starts with Walnut Creeks third annual Oktoberfest, free, day-long, family-friendly festival recreates the beloved German traditional Fall celebration. The fun includes a Bier Garden, Kinder Platz, live music stages, gourmet food booths and more.
Novato Oktoberfest - Novato, CA - Oct 20, 2018
Jack Rose Libations Oktoberfst - Los Gatos, CA - Oct 20, 2018
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.
Oktoberfest at Nature Friends - Sierra Madre, CA - Oct 21, 2018
A German themed potluck (bring your favorite dish!), dance demonstrations and other fun. $5 suggested donation.
Lodi Oktoberfest - Lodi, CA - Oct 27, 2018
LA Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 27, 2018
German food, beer and live music at this Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Tickets are $75for regular admission and $100 for VIP admission.
Los Osos Oktoberfest - Los Osos, CA - Oct 28, 2018
The 40th Annual Oktoberfest and 13th Annual Car Show will again be held on Second Street in Baywood Park, October 28, 2018. Admission for the event is FREE. Since 1977, the festival has grown from a small group of vendors and musicians, to a popular countywide event that attracts over 6,000 participants. For the entire day, Los Osos/Baywood Park will be bustling with pomp and ceremony and the enthusiasm of thousands of revelers eager to enjoy the day with live music and entertainment, a Beer Garden, food, arts & crafts, pet and people costume contests, activities for kids and more.
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Wirsthaus - Los Angeles, CA - 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.
Jeannette Edelweiss Oktoberfest - Newbury Park, CA - Sep 17, 2016
Starts September 17, 2016
Oktoberfest at NUBO - Santa Cruz, CA - 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!
Madona Inn Oktoberfest - San Luis Obispo, CA - 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.
Autumn Faire Oktoberfest - Upland, CA - 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!
Oktoberfest Celebration - Berkeley, CA - Oct 6, 2016
Dinner in the Dining Commons at the International House.
Red Bluff Oktoberfest - Red Bluff, CA - Oct 8, 2016
Held by St. Peter’s Episcopal.
Edelweiss German American Club of Redding Oktoberfest - Redding, CA - Oct 9, 2016
San Pedro Square Market Oktoberfest - San Jose, CA - 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, 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.
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens Oktoberfest - Dunsmuir, CA - 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.
Yucca Valley Oktoberfest - Yucca Valley, CA - 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.
Salinas Valley Oktoberfest - Monterey, CA - Sep 9, 2017
St. Martin de Porres Oktoberfest - Yorba Linda, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
The annual fall parish festival that brings the entire community together for fun, food, and fund-raising.
Tam Valley Oktoberfest - Mill Valley, CA - Sep 23, 2017
Hillcrest Brewing Oktoberfest - San Diego, CA - Sep 26 to Oct 2, 2016
Newark OktoberFest - Newark, CA - Oct 7, 2017
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.
Dana Point Oktoberfest - Dana Point, CA - Oct 7, 2017
8 Bit Brewing Oktoberfest - Murrieta, CA - Oct 7, 2017
Wurstküche Oktoberfest - Venice, CA - Oct 7, 2017
Oktoberfest Corte Madera - Corte Madera, CA - Oct 14, 2017
League of Chefs Oktoberfest - Vallejo, CA - Oct 14, 2017
Oktoberfest in Campbell - Campbell, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
German foods, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 artisans and live entertainment. Attendance is generally 30,000.
San Clemente Oktoberfest - San Clemente, CA - Oct 21, 2017
Funkendänk Oktoberfest - Rohnert Park, CA - Oct 21, 2017
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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