Consider the following options for living it up in the City of Angels on and around this very German holiday which began in Munich two centuries ago to appropriately commemorate the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Party on, Bavarian-style!

Rose Bowl Stadium
1101 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100
Date: October 13, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

More than 30 of Southern California’s best craft breweries are uniting on the Greens at Brookside Golf Course at Pasadena’s iconic Rose Bowl. Craftoberfest promises traditional German flavors along with New World tastes and some of the tastiest beer around, from hazy IPAs to Hefeweizens.

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Alpine Village
833 W Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
(310) 327-4384
Date: Through October 27, 2018 at midnight

Billed as home to Southern California’s oldest Oktoberfest celebration, Alpine Village’s festivities rivals those taking place across the pond in the old country. Look forward to the traditions of Bavarian, including traditional fare, German beers brewed by Warsteiner and all the other tappings of this joyous festival. Can you say oom pah pah?

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Oktoberfest DTLA
Pershing Square
532 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 847-4970
Date: October 20 and 21, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The third annual Oktoberfest DTLA means music and food and, of course, beer–including the best from local breweries as well as Germany’s Paulaner, a big deal during Oktoberfest. Dine on everything hardy, up to and including traditional bratwurst in a weekend when tasting tends to be the best approach. Admission is free.

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Wurstküche Oktoberfest 
Wurstküche Restaurant
625 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(213) 687-4444
Date: Various dates in October 2018 at 4 p.m.

Enticing sausages from artisanal butchers topped with sautéed sweet peppers or sauerkraut or both are on the menu as are vegetarian bratwursts, kielbasas and Italian links. Entertainment comes straight from the Munich Boom-Steiners and dress code dictates your best Bavarian attire with lederhosen and dirndl skirts leading this sartorial list. Oh, and practice your yodeling. You may be called on to show off in the spirit of this occasion.

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