For beer lovers, September and October is the best time of year as it’s officially Oktoberfest! Stein raising, beer flowing, schnitzel eating and singing and dancing bring millions of people together for this global event. Lucky for you, Los Angeles will have its fair share of Oktoberfest celebrations. From the bigger events held at the Fairplex to more intimate settings at local breweries, each festival has distinctive lagers, event activities and its own vibe. Prost!
Oktoberfest at Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Dates: Oct. 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26, 2014
As one of the most popular Oktoberfest parties in L.A., the traditional Bavarian celebration will take place over three weekends in October for guests 21 years and older. And, on Sundays it is open to all ages accompanied by a legal drinking age adult. The festival at the Fairplex will be full of Oom Pa Pa music, games and prizes, authentic German food and, of course, beer – Warsteiner, Beck’s, Spaten, Hangar 24, Franziskaner, Shock Top and Bud Light for the domestic palates. Admission is just $5 and parking is $10. Make sure to leave your own cups or steins at home though.
833 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
Dates: September 12, 2014 – October 26, 2014
If you’re looking to celebrate at one of the largest and oldest Oktoberfest festivities LA offers, take a trip to Alpine Village in Torrance for the 47th consecutive Oktoberfest celebration. Throughout September and October, while Oktoberfest is in full swing, the popular German destination comes alive to commemorate and take part in the yearly party. Traditional Bavarian music will be provided by Oom Pah Pah party bands while you are satisfied by delicious German beer and food such as sausage, baked chicken, Kassler Ripchen as well as sauerkraut, German Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes), potato salad, tater tots and much more. For beer, taste the ice cold stein of German bier including this year’s special: Warsteiner beers. Featured beers include Warstiener Pilsner, Warsteiner Oktoberfest, Konig Ludwig Oktoberfest as well as a selection of wine and coors light if German beer isn’t for you. Attendees are always encouraged to dress up as well so make sure to get your favorite Oktoberfest costume!
2300-2400 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
Dates: Saturday, October 4, 2014
On October 4th, from noon and 11pm, the small town of Montrose comes alive for its annual outdoor street festival to celebrate Oktoberfest. Sponsored by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, the Montrose Oktoberfest festivities comprise one of the largest outdoor events in Southern California celebrating the Bavarian tradition. And, as a Montrose institution for 36 years, families come out to take part in this large event that brings people from far and wide to take part in the fun. Everything from entertainment by the German American Brass Band and D’oberlander Dancers, to carnival rides for kids and bingo games for the older generation will be on hand as well. In typical fashion, the event will feature tasty German food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, strudel and other delicious samples of Bavarian cuisine. If that wasn’t enough, taste the authentic German beer, take part in the hot dog eating contest or the fire fighter dunk tank and grab souvenirs.
2600 Barnard Way
Santa Monica CA 90405
Dates: Saturday, October 4 from 1pm to 6pm
Come on down to Santa Monica Beach on October 4th to celebrate the world’s first vegan Oktoberfest. Although it might sound strange, you’ll find that this festival is just as similar and fun as the other events around town. LA’s newsest and most festive authentic Oktoberfest celebration is a one of a kind event which will feature traditional food, Oompah bands, and of course, refreshing ice cold German beer from many great breweries. Some of LA’s top vegan food trucks will even be on hand to serve up delicious food.
345 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dates: September 20 through October 26 (Mon-Thurs: 5pm to 12am, Friday-Sunday: 11am-12am)
Throughout the months of September and October, this mid-city German restaurant and beer garden comes alive as it hosts six weeks of Oktoberfest festivities. Observed in a smaller enviornment than some of the other larger celebrations, Wirstshaus will feature regularly changing authentic German food as well as a menu that boasts more than 35 German beers. The restaurants German-born chef ensures that his versions of German cuisine will keep you satisfied as well. With schnitzel, sausages, potato pancakes, currywurst and pretzels, you’ll dine heartily and raise your steins while seated at long, communal tables positioned both indoors and out.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
3525 W. Carson St.
Torrance, CA 90503
Dates: Sept. 25 – Oct. 31, 2014
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar’s Chef Gabe Caliendo has a “special collaboration brew with Golden Road Brewing’s head brewer Jesse Houck to transform Gabe’s award-winning German Ale home brew recipe into an Oktoberfest Lager.” This brew will be part of Lazy Dog’s Oktoberfest special offering. From September 25 through October 31, festival seekers can participate in the bar’s American-made German-style Beer Sampler, which includes six beers including Mission Brewery Dunklenweizen and Golden Road 329 Lager, along with a pretzel-crusted pork schnitzel with creamy mustard sauce on the side.
Oktoberfest at Wurstküche Venice
625 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Dates: October 5 through October 26 (Sundays, 1pm to 5pm)
What better place is there to celebrate Oktoberfest than at one of the best German restaurants in town? Wurstküche in Venice will be joining the celebrations this year with flowing German beer, sausages and authentic Oom Pah Pah music which will play from the German Zeitgeist Band.
Angel City Brewery
216 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Sept. 21, 2014
In honor of the international festival, Angel City Brewery brings a little taste of the annual celebration in Munich to the modern-day Angelenos. This neighborhood brewery prominently located in the arts district of Downtown LA will host Oktoberfest on September 21 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will benefit Downtown Women’s Center. Angel City’s Head Brewer Dieter Foerstner will feature an Oktoberfest recipe — red, sweet and German-inspired with 6.0 percent ABV and 20 IBUs. “The caramel-y, German lager style beer boasts lower IBUs because of its strong malt flavor backbone.” In addition to beer, guests are invited to participate in stein relay races and costume contests.
Los Angeles Oktoberfest
Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Dates: Oct. 4-5, 2014
On October 4-5, Angelenos are invited to sing old time drinking songs with Bavarian dancers, taste a fine assortment of German and local beers and be a part of a world-renowned tradition. Los Angeles Oktoberfest welcomes the crowd with the Bavarian custom of tapping of the keg where city officials will tap the first keg of German beer by hammering a wooden mallet with a bronze spout into the keg. You must be at least 21 to attend this event. Valet parking will be offered, but an UBER ride might be the way to go.
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Old World Oktoberfest
Old World Festival Banquet Hall
7561 Center Ave. #49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Dates: Now through Nov. 2, 2014
Over the course of several weeks, Old World’s German in Orange County is hosting an Oktoberfest to support the Therapeutic Riding Center. Specially themed days bring out festival-goers for Seniors Day lunch, Dachshund dog races, beer tastings (Pils, Alt, Kolsch, Weissbier, Helles, Dunkel and more), parades, live music featuring German bands and events for kids too. Serving customers for more than 35 years, Old World is known for its bratwurst, breads and baby back ribs.