California Oktoberfests

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Pictured is Old World Village, Huntington Beach Oktoberfest with HerbMeister leading festivities. Photos: Debbie Stock

California celebrates Oktoberfest annually with over 100 events ranging from 1 day festivals to weeklong and month-long seasons. From the delicious Oktoberfest foods to the great beers on tap, Oktoberfest is a season to savor and enjoy, then long for the rest of the year.

2021

BAKERSFIELD: Oktoberfest October 16, 2021, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Bakersfield Community Center. Cold beer, hot brats, and the best dressed in the West with crowning of Mister or Miss Oktoberfest!Junior League of Bakersfield fundraiser includes games & prizes, live music and heavenly food & drinks!​  Location: 1928 19th St., Bakersfield, CA  $75, jlbakersfield.org

CATALINA ISLAND: Oktoberfest Saturday, October 15, 2021, 6-9 p.m. at Catalina Island Museum. Live music by Hammerstein Bavarian polka band, the traditional singing of the schnitzelbank )(German and Catalina Island versions,) free giveaways, an Oktoberfest-themed art project for the kids, food for all, and for the adults - German beer. Bring Your Own Stein optionally, and dress in your finest lederhosen and dirndls. Location: 217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA. catalinamuseum.org

COTATI: Cotati Organ Fest September 25-26, 2021 in La Plaza Park. $18-27, cotatifest.com (though this isn't an Oktoberfest as its focus is not on beer, German food and games, the accordion music will often sound familiar.

FOLSOM: Red Bus Brewery Oktoberfest September 5, 2021, 2-6 p.m. (Sunday). Event features the Gruber Family Band playing traditional European music. Location: 802 Reading St. #A, Folsom, CA 95630 redbusbrew.com

MILLBRAE: Beats & Brews Oktoberfest with Alpine Sound Bavarian band October 21, 2021, 5 p.m. Held in Downtown Millbrae, Broadway & Hillcrest Blvd., California  ci.millbrae.ca.us

MILL VALEY: Oktoberfest  Saturday, September 25, 2021, 3-8 p.m. Wear your dirndl and lederhosen to Tam Valley Community Center parking lot for live music, dancing, games, food, amusements and beer in Oktoberfest produced by Tamalpais Community Services District. Location: 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley, CA. $20, $10 age 4-13 years, presale call  (415) 388-6393.  tamcsd.org

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Oktoberfest

ROCKLIN: Oktoberfest at Kathrin's Biergarten September 11 & 24, 2021
4810 Granite, Suite 1A
Rocklin, CA
$20 includes stein, kathrinsbiergarten.com

  • September 11, 2021: Gruber Family Band 5 p.m. Masskrugstemmen - beer stein filled with liquid contest, Best Dressed Costume, Oktoberfest Bier Release
  • September 24, 2021 Alpenmeisters 5 p.m. Masskrugstemmen. Best Dressed Contest
  • October 15, 2021, 6-9 p.m. Oktoberfest with Alpen Band California, $15

SAN CARLOS: Peninsula Oktoberfest October 2, 2021, 6-10 p.m. at Hiller Aviation Museum featuring Zicke-Zacke Band. Beer, brats & Bavarian... Location: Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA. $, hiller.org/event/oktoberfest/

SAN RAMON: Oktoberfest Saturday, October 2, 2021, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Forest Home Farms Historic Park means beer, polka, doxie races and cheer.  Location: 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA srhf.org

ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST FESTIVALS

ALAMEDA: Oktoberfest
Entertainment all year at the German Restaurant
2424 Lincoln Ave.
Alameda, CA
speisekammer.com
Speisekammer Oktoberfest

ANAHEIM: Oktoberfest
Every weekend mid-Sept.-Oct.
Phoenix Club
1240 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, CA
thephoenixclub.com
Oom pah pah Band direct from Germany in one of the longest running Oktoberfest events in California.

AUBURN: Oktoberfest
Gold Country Fairgrounds
1273 High St., Auburn
Oktoberfest at Auburn's Gold Country Fair Grounds. Serving authentic German Dinner, German Beer & Schnapps, live music and German Dancers.

AVILA BEACH - SAN LUIS OBISPO: Oaktoberfest Avila Beach Golf Resort
Tickets will include admission to entire event, a commemorative event stein and your first beer.

BEAUMONT: Oktoberfest
Weekend festival is usually held in September.
Noble Creek Regional Park, 38900 14th St., Beaumont, CA

BEN LOMOND: Oktoberfest

BIG BEAR LAKE: Oktoberfest Big Bear Lake Convention Center
Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Open Saturdays Noon to Midnight; Sundays Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 most weekends, pre-purchase at discount; seniors, kids are less

BURBANK: Oktoberfest

CAMPBELL: OKTOBERFEST Downtown Campbell Campbell Chamber of Commerce campbellchamber.com

CARLSBAD: Oktoberfest
Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest
For more information call the Carlsbad Visitors Bureau at 760-434-6093 or visit rotaryoktoberfest.org.

CAMPBELL: Oktoberfest
campbellchamber.net
Downtown Historic
Campbell CA
Admission & Parking are Free

CARMEL: Oktoberfest oktoberfestmontereybay.com
Modeled after the Munich event.
oktoberfestmontereybay.com

CLAYTON: Oktoberfest returns in 2022
City of Clayton, CA claytonoktoberfest.com

CONCORD: Oktoberfest returns in 2022

COTATI: Oktoberfest
La Plaza Park, downtown Cotati at the corner of Old Redwood Hwy. & W. Sierra Ave., under a giant tent! Contests galore! For more information, call the Cotati Chamber of Commerce at - cotati.org

EL CAJON: Oktoberfest
Bring your family and friends to El Cajon and experience a real German Oktoberfest!, German American Societies, 1017 S. Molliison Ave., El Cajon, CA

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Oktoberfest
Held Wednesday through Sunday over a 2 month period. Wednesday & Thursday are free admission family nights. Friday and Saturday are adult nights 21+ only, admission fee. Sunday is Kinderfest, and afternoon and evening event at 2:30 p.m. with Dachshund Races at 3 p.m. Fee. Location: Old World German Village, Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA oldword.ws

LAKE ARROWHEAD: Oktoberfest in the Village is held weekends during part of September and all of October.

LA MESA: Oktoberfest celebration takes to the streets of La Mesa for several days.

LONG BEACH: LB Oktoberfest runs for 2 weekends

MAMMOTH LAKES: Annual Oktoberfest
villageatmammoth.com
Mammoth Lakes Oktoberfest
Bavarian celebration.

MONTROSE: Montrose Oktoberfest
montrosechamber.org/oktoberfest.html
Contests, Stein Holding, & Sausage Eating Contests in Beer Garden at Wickham Way

OAKLAND: Oaktoberfest
oaktoberfest.org
Oaktoberfest in Dimond

ORINDA: Orinda Jazz Festival Oktoberfest facebook.com/orindajazzfestival

OROVILLE: Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest at Feather Falls Casino include all star line up of rock music and blues.

PETALUMA: Petaluma Oktoberfest
petalumavalleyrotary.org

PLACERVILLE: Oktoberfest
Outdoor event previously held downtown and hoping for city cooperation to present it free or without exorbitant fees

PASADENA: Oktoberfest at The Rose Bowl.
Pasadena, CA

REDLANDS: Oktoberfest in Sylvan Park. redlandsoktoberfest.com

REDWOOD CITY: Peninsula Oktoberfest peninsulaoktoberfest.com
Beer, food and music.

ROSEVILLE: Oktoberfest
One day event at Vernon Street Town Square includes beer, food, live music, fun

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Oktoberfest
3349 J St.
sacramentoturnverein.com

SAN CLEMENTE: Oktoberfest
All day event in the plaza next to Old City Hill in downtown San Clemente.
German Beer Garden, Alpine music, foods

SAN DIEGO: Ocean Beach "OB" Oktoberfest
oceanbeachsandiego.com
Held on the sunny sands of Southern California's beloved Ocean Beach.

SAN FRANCISCO: Oktoberfest by the Bay
Pier 48
oktoberfestbythebay.com
21-piece Bavarian Band!

SCOTTS VALLEY: Rotary Oktoberfest
Scotts Valley Rotary Oktoberfest
scottsvalleyrotary.org

TEHACHAPI: Oktoberfest and German Car Show
Held in historic Downtown Tehachapi
mainstreettehachapi.org

TORRANCE: Alpine Village Oktoberfest Alpine Village
833 West Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90502
alpinevillagecenter.com
Oom-pah-pah music, contests, sing-a-long, bier prosting and of course the chicken dance.

TWAIN HARTE: OktoberFest
Eproson Park
Twain Harte, CA
twainhartecc.com

VACAVILLE: Vacaville Oktoberfest
Town Square
Vacaville, CA

VISALIA: Beers & Brats at the Ballpark
visaliachamber.org
Visalia Chamber of Commerce open to 21+
Visalia Rawhide Baseball Field
300 N Giddings, Visalia, CA
5:30pm - 9:30pm
visaliachamber.org

Auf Wiedersehen Oktoberfest!

Dust Off Your Dirndl, Brush Off Your Lederhosen

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