Here is your guide to celebrating Oktoberfest in Los Angeles from family-friendly events to adults-only drinkfests. Alpine Village in Torrance and Old World Village in Huntington Beach have long been the bearers of German culture in the Greater Los Angeles area, and for decades held the only celebrations of Oktoberfest. In recent years, the expansion of LA's beer culture and the introduction of new German restaurants has sparked a surge in Oktoberfest celebrations, with new events popping up every year. These are some of the more prominent ones. If you represent an Oktoberfest not on this list, send details here.
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Oktoberfest at Alpine Village
The longest-running Oktoberfest in the LA area is at Alpine Village in Torrance. It includes a German dance band, sing-along and German food and beer for purchase. Fridays and Saturdays are for adults only and Sundays are for the whole family. On Fridays and Saturdays, the big tent closes at midnight, but the party continues for a couple hours at the Alpine Steinhaus Restaurant. Admission is included with your Oktoberfest ticket.
When: Sept 9 - Oct 29, 2016, Fri - Sat 6 pm - midnight, Sun 1-6 pm
Where: Alpine Village, 833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502
Cost: $10-$25 depending on date, Sun $8, free for kids 12 and under. Doesn't include any food or beverage. Meal combo VIP tickets $50-$65. Designated Driver tickets same as general admission, but include free non-alcoholic beverages. Must accompany at least one GA ticket holder.
Info: www.alpinevillagecenter.com, 310.327.4384
Bonus: Designated drivers get free non-alcoholic beverages (see website for conditions).
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Oktoberfest at OldWorld in Huntington Beach
Old World in Huntington Beach is the second-oldest Oktoberfest in the area, including Oompah bands straight from Germany, Shot Girls in dirndl dresses, Sunday family festivities with Dachshund Races, and an Oktoberfest Parade. Friday and Saturday are 21 and up. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday are family-friendly.
When: Sept 11 - Oct 30, 2016, Fri - Sat 6:30 pm - 1 am, Wed-Thu 6:30 - 10 pm, Sun 2-7:30 pm
Where: 7561 Center Ave. #49, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Cost: Fri-Sat $10-15, Wed-Thu FREE, Sun $7 adults, $3 kids, under 5 free. Doesn't include any food or beverage. Check for earlybird discounts. Check Groupon for discount tickets.
Info: www.oldworld.ws, (714) 895-8020
Parade: September 25, 2 pm through Bella Terra, ending at Old World Village
Bonus: Earlybird discount through Sept 9 and discount coupon on the website.
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Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake
About 2 hours from Los Angeles, the indoor/outdoor Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake is a popular fall getaway from the city, with eight weekends of festivities in an Alpine setting in the San Bernardino Mountains. In addition to tons of beer, bratwurst, and German music, Big Bear has the Budenstrasse (booth street) of arts and crafts vendors and a petting zoo, bounce houses and carnival games for kids. Children may not enter after 6 pm on Saturday.
When: Sat-Sun Sept 10-Oct 29, 2016, Sat noon to midnight, Sun noon to 5:30 pm
Where: 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, NW Corner of Big Bear Blvd & Division
Cost: Saturdays (Sept/Oct) Adults (13-61) $14.99/$19.99, Seniors $10.99/$14.99, Kids (3-12) $8/$9; Sundays Adults $8/$9, Seniors $6/$6, Kids Free. Two-day combo tickets are just $2 more than the Saturday ticket. Additional ticket packages are available. Check Groupon for discount admission.
Bonus: Online purchase gets priority entry.
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Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim
The Phoenix Club in Anaheim is Southern California's largest German club. Their annual Oktoberfest, has Oompah bands, folk dancers, German food and beer, eating and drinking contests and children's activities.
When: Sept 16 - Oct 30, 2016, Fri 6 pm - midnight, Sat 5 pm - midnight, Sun noon - 6 pm, Oktoberfest brunch 10 am - 2 pm.
Where: Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
Cost: $10 adults, kids 18 and under free. Active & retired military with 1 guest get in free with ID Sept 23-25. Check Groupon for discount admission.
Info: www.thephoenixclub.comContinue to 5 of 17 below.
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Oktoberfest at Wirtshaus Restaurant
LA's German restaurant, Wirtshaus LA, in the LA Arts District, will be celebrating Octoberfest Fridays and Saturdays from Sept 17 to Oct 29, 2016, with special food and drink menus and live German music. The first ceremonial keg of beer tapped on Sept 17 will be on the house until it's gone for people who are already seated and have ordered food. For menus and reservations visit www.wirtshausla.com.
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Montrose ties OldWorld for the second oldest Oktoberfest in the LA area, but their family festival, which includes games and rides as well as German food, beer, wine, and music only lasts one day. There are multiple music stages, contests, and bingo.
When: Oct 1, 2016, noon to 11 pm, wine and beer service starts at 2 pm
Where: The 2200 to 2400 Blocks of Honolulu Avenue, Montrose, CA (Just north of Glendale where the 2 and 210 freeways meet)
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Oktoberfest at Santa Anita Race Track
German beer, food and music, costume contest and alphorn-blowing competition surrounded by horse racing.
When: Oct 1, 2016, 5-10 pm
Where: Santa Anita Race Track
Cost: $5 General Admission to the track, Oktoberfest Packages $30-65, Check Goldstar.com or Groupon for discount tickets
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Oktoberfest at the Anaheim Brewery
Anaheim Brewery is celebrating Oktoberfest with two days of German eating, drinking, and music. On October 1st an 8th, their Alpenhorn blast signals it’s time for Die Gemütlichen Schuhplattler, a German dance that’s a leg and ankle-slapping good time. Food includes bratwurst, pretzels and Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest lager, which was recreated from a 100-year-old recipe found in the Paulaner brewery in Germany.
When: Oct 1 and Oct 8, 201,
Where: 336 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
Cost: Free admission; beer and food a la carte
Info: www.anaheimbrew.comContinue to 9 of 17 below.
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Oktoberfest at the LA Fairplex in Pomona
This event at the LA County fairgrounds in Pomona occurs for four weekends in October. There will be pop tribute bands in addition to an Oompah band. Friday and Saturday are 21 and over. There is no family day this year.
When: Fri-Sat, Oct 7-29, 2016 Fri-Sat 6 pm - 11 pm
Where: FAIRPLEX, 1101 W.McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
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Oktoberfest at Wurstküche Venice
The Venice location of Wurstküche is celebrating Oktoberfest with Spaten imported Oktoberfest beer, fresh pretzels, and the house bratwursts. They're also importing authentic German music by the Munich Boomsteiners. Prizes for the best Bavarian attire.
When: October 8, 2016, 2 - 7 pm
Where: Wurstküche Restaurant, 625 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Cost: Free admission, a la carte menu Oct 8; prix fixe Oktoberfest menu available for groups of 12 or more Sept 18 - Oct 23.
Info: eventbrite.com; wurstkuche.com
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South Bay Oktoberfest
A new addition this year, the South Bay Oktoberfest will feature local and national craft beers, German and other local food, and home-grown music, but lederhosen are still the order of the day.
When: October 8, 2016, 2 - 6 pm
Where: 849 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Cost: $35-60 includes beer, wine, and food
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Vegan Oktoberfest in Santa Monica
Of course, Los Angeles has to have a Vegan Oktoberfest. There will be vegan beer (isn't all beer vegan?), vegan Bavarian food (and non-Bavarian food) from LA's varied vegan restaurants, Oompah Band, DJ and Bavarian maidens.
When: Oct 15, 2016, 1 to 5 pm, VIP noon to 5.
Where: LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Cost: $45-50, VIP $65-75 (early entrance and VIP seating), $20-25 non-drinkers. Check Goldstar for discount tickets.
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Long Beach Oktoberfest at Shoreline Village
Taste of Brews will be hosting the Long Beach Oktoberfest at the Shoreline Aquatic Park. Oompah band, German food, a sauerkraut dog eating contest and adult games like Giant Jenga, Hula Hoops, and a stein-holding contest are on the agenda. Craft beers, German brews, hard ciders and more will be $5 for a 12 oz cup. .
When: Oct 15, 2016, 12 to 6 pm, VIP noon to 5.
Where: Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $10 general admission, $25 VIP (mug, 2 beers & access to private reserves) non-drinkers. Check Goldstar, Living Social or Groupon for discount tickets.
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Downtown Burbank Beer Festival
Downtown Burbank has traded their Oktoberfest for a 5-block California craft beer festival with entertainment.
When: October 15, 2016
Where: San Fernando Road Between Olive and Angeleno in Burbank, CA 91502
Cost: $45 includes tasting glass and samples from 45 breweries
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Downtown Culver City's Third Wednesday Art Walk takes on an Oktoberfest theme with Oompa music, beer, sausages, and pretzels.
When: October 19, 2016, 5-9 pm
Where: Between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Dusquene Ave in Culver City
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An afternoon celebration of German beer, wine, and food at a TV studio in Manhattan Beach.
When: October 22-23, 2016
Where: Manhattan Beach Studios, 1600 Rosecrans Avenue Building, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Cost: $50 and up. Check LivingSocial.com or Groupon for discount tickets.
Parking: $10, rideshare recommended.
Info: laoktoberfest.com, TicketsContinue to 17 of 17 below.
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Pershing Square will host a beer garden, dancing to live German music and German food at Oktoberfest DTLA. This is an all ages event.
When: October 22-23, 2016, noon to 8 pm
Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St, Downtown Los Angeles
Cost: Free, food beer and tasting packages will be for sale at the event.
Metro : Red Line to Pershing Square