Well it’s October 1st, so let’s get down to business and start partying it up for Oktoberfest! We’ve got a list of the best LA and OC hotspots for the German holiday after the jump!
761 Center Ave. #49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
September 5th-October 31st (Wednesdays – Sundays)
Old World Village is a shopping and entertainment complex open year round in Huntington Beach. Every September and October, though, the complex pulls out all the stops and turns into Munich on the Pacific. There are dachshund races for the whole family to enjoy, and oompah-pah bands imported for Germany and Austria just for the occasion.
1340 S. Sanderson Avenue
Anaheim, California 92806
September 17th -October 31st
If you’re looking for traditional Oktoberfest foods (Porkshanks, Weisswurst, Bratwurst, Leberkaese, Sauerkraut, Potato Salad), live bands (Bluebirds, Express Band, and Guggenbach Buam), dancing, sing-alongs, contests and more, look no further! Don’t forget to mark October 31st on your calendar as Hauntoberfest! You don’t want to miss out on the excitement!
Ladera Ranch Oktoberfest
Town Green in Ladera Ranch
Sienna & Crown Valley Pkwy
Ladera Ranch, CA
October 9th 11am-8pm
The Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce is holding its 5th annual Oktoberfest event at the Ladera Ranch Town Green! Enjoy family fun, “Ladera style”, including a wiener dog race! Traditional outfits are strongly encouraged but not required to enjoy the day to its fullest!
El Dorado Park
East Wardlow & 605 Fwy.
Long Beach, CA
October 22nd-October 31st
Visitors to Oktoberfest will enjoy the ever-popular Biergarten, German bands such as Bluebirds, Frank Rote and the Oberkrane Band, beer and brats, authentic German meals, free carnival rides, non-stop entertainment and much more!
2300 and 2400 Blocks of Honolulu Avenue
Montrose, CA 91020
October 2nd, 12pm-11pm
There is something for everyone in this family-friendly event, with German bands, dancing, game booths, carnival rides, a continuous Bingo game, a nonstop variety show featuring local and professional amateur talent, a contest for Best dressed dogs and best Bavarian costumes, plus authentic German bratwurst, sauerkraut, strudel, hot dogs, beer, and more.
833 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
September 10th-October 23rd (Fridays through Sundays)
Alpine Village is the home of the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California! Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah big bands flown in direct from Germany, your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by delicious German beers.
3021 Airport Avenue, Suite 203
Santa Monica, California 90405
October 8th-October 10th
Come listen to music from the incomparable Chico Bavarian Band and enjoy food and beer authentically Bavarian and an atmosphere very similar to what you’d see in Munich. Get your tickets now, as they will not be available at the door once online tickets are sold out.
Big Bear Lake Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Sept. 18th – Oct. 30th (Saturdays and Sundays)
This seven-weekend celebration, which has been rated “California’s #1 Oktoberfest,” will feature German and American beer; food prepared by German butchers and bakers; live bands from both Germany and the United States; log-sawing and stein-holding contests, and special competitions for children; and an outdoor Budenstrasse with game booths, exhibitors, and a petting zoo.
2366 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA90039
If you’re looking for a more low-key celebration, this Silverlake staple is the place for you. One visit and you’ll agree with their motto: “Where it’s Oktoberfest 365 days a year”. From the waitresses in authentic German dress to the taps pouring only German beer, you’’ forget you’re in LA and think you’ve landed in Germany
Did we miss any of your favorite Oktoberfest hangouts? Let us know in the comments! Have no clue what it’s all about? Check out this ridiculously cheesy video below!
[List taken from CBSLosAngeles.com]