octoberfest in california

Oktoberfest is coming to Southern California this September! Celebrate the world’s largest Volksfest by visiting one of these German-inspired beer halls, biergartens, and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for traditional Bavarian fare or a more modern take on the cuisine, there are plenty of places to eat and drink your way through Oktoberfest in So Cal. 

The Oktoberfest is an annual festival held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The event began in 1810 and lasted for 16 days. The event has become the world’s largest fair, with over 6 million people attending every year. Celebrate this German tradition by visiting one of the 15 best places to celebrate Oktoberfest across California!

Let’s get started, shall we,

1. Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village has been an institution in the South Bay for almost 60 years. They are Southern California’s most authentic Oktoberfest with substantial beer steins, oompah music, and all of your favorite German foods prepared by their famous “Haus Frauen.” The best part about Alpine Village is that it is located right off the 405 freeway! Now that makes life so much easier. They have three sessions throughout October so that you can celebrate Bavarian-style for a long weekend or just one day.

2. Karl Strauss Biergarten at Pacific Wharf, Anaheim

Karl Strauss had established itself as one of San Diego’s most beloved breweries since 1989 when they opened their brewery and restaurant in Downtown San Diego. They now have 11 locations throughout Southern California, but their Anaheim location is the only spot to celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic German food and beer! In addition, it’s adjacent to the Disneyland Resort, making it a great stop before or after your next ride on Space Mountain.

3. Hofbrauhaus, Costa Mesa

Hofbrauhaus was established in Munich, so you know they are doing something right regarding their namesake cuisine and beer selection. The waiters wear traditional Lederhosen while serving up plates of authentic Bavarian fare including schnitzel, knackwurst, sauerbraten, spaetzle, rouladen ,and even jelly doughnuts for desert . They are throwing an Oktoberfest bash on October 10, 11, 17, 18, and 24th. You can enjoy live music with Oompah bands all day long, so you never have to worry about missing your favorite oom-pah songs!

4. Pretzilla at LAB Holding Co., Costa Mesa

Pretzilla is probably the most popular newcomer to Orange County this year. Their concept combines fast food, craft beer, and gourmet pretzels into one of the most dynamic places in town. This spot is perfect for lunch or dinner after a day at the beach or Disneyland because they are located right next to Angel Stadium (hence their name). So grab some friends and chow down on their Oktoberfest menu, featuring pretzels, beer brats, and beer cheese.

5. Duke’s La Jolla

Duke’s in La Jolla is known for its modern take on traditional Hawaiian dishes and its fresh approach to seafood. Their menu has something for everyone, including the kids with their famous Mac and Cheese and Sweet Chili Chicken Sandwich. Elevate your meal with a hand-crafted cocktail or locally brewed craft beer from Green Flash Brewing. This year they are throwing an Oktoberfest party complete with live music from German bands, authentic eats from the grill, stein holding contests, and even a Swashbuckler Pirate Ship!

6. Alpine Village Inn & Biergarten, Torrance

This spot was established in 1956, making it one of the oldest beer halls in Los Angeles. They serve old-school German cuisine like Schnitzel, Bratwurst, and Knackwurst with traditional potato salad and red cabbage. The beer is done in one-liter steins (that’s 2 pints!), so you will go home with a buzz if you decide to enjoy two or three beers during your visit!

7. Saddle Ranch Chop House, Universal CityWalk

Saddle Ranch Chop House at Universal Studios City Walk is not only an American steakhouse, but it also features California-style eats, including flatbreads, burgers, and tacos. This year they are hosting Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3rd, from noon until midnight. You’ll get to eat and drink to your heart’s content while a live band plays oompah music all day long! If that weren’t enough, they would have a Stein Hoisting competition with a grand prize of $500. Think you’ve got what it takes?

8. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station

Stone has developed an eye-catching brewery and restaurant in San Diego County surrounded by lush vegetation, waterfalls, and the open-air dining hall is brimming with character. Their Oktoberfest celebration includes live music from local bands like The Guggenheim Grotto, German food specials, and beer tappings throughout the week. Check out their website to see the full schedule of events from October 1st through October 31st.

9. Deutsche Küche, Los Angeles

Deutsche Küche is a modern German restaurant inspired by the food of Bavaria located in the heart of downtown L.A.’s financial district. They offer guests a chance to chow down on bratwurst with all the fixings, including sauerkraut, red cabbage, and crispy fried potato pancakes, while drinking 10% off their Oktoberfest. Mini beers during lunchtime! This promotion takes place every Wednesday from October 7th until November 25th, so be sure to stop by and enjoy an extra particular lunch hour with your friends and colleagues this month!

10. Wolf Creek Restaurant & Microbrewery at the Big Bear Lake Resort Hotel

Wolf Creek is the only brewery inside a hotel in Southern California! If you’re looking to get away from all of the city noise and traffic for a weekend, their Oktoberfest celebration starting on Friday, October 16th, and running through Sunday, October 18th may be just what you need. You’ll enjoy an array of unique menu items that will be served up with your choice of house-brewed craft beers. We recommend trying out their Harvest Wheat Hefeweizen if they still have it available (it goes quick!).

11. Petey’s German Cuisine, Long Beach

Petey’s in Long Beach is known for their authentic Bavarian eats like Schnitzel and Spaetzle served alongside Hefeweizen and Oktoberfest beers. Each fall, they host an annual Oktoberfest party, complete with a traditional Oompah band and plenty of bratwursts. If you’re looking to learn something new this year, be sure to check the website in early October, when they will be adding information about their upcoming Chef’s Table! You can treat yourself and your friends to an intimate meal prepared at your table by one of four executive chefs while learning more about German cuisine from Petey himself.

12. Old World Village Event Center & Biergarten, Huntington Beach

Old World Village is a Bavarian-style shopping center and German dining destination located in Huntington Beach. They host an Oktoberfest celebration throughout the year that includes authentic food and drinks and live entertainment. So if you’re looking for a more upscale experience than your typical beer hall, this may be your cup of tea! Their Biergarten has been around since 1981, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their German eats.

13. King’s Alley Gastropub & Oompah Band, Corona del Mar

King’s Alley Gastropub & Oompah Band is a venue where the band always comes first! You can find traditional oom-pah music performances here during the entire month of October. But, if you’re looking to step up your Oktoberfest celebration a notch, then this may be what you’ve been missing! Book a table for eight or ten guests and enjoy their limited-time promo of two liters of Hofbräuhaus Munich beer for $22 from now until the end of October 2015.

14. Old World German Restaurant, Anaheim

Old World German Restaurant in Anaheim serves up authentic Bavarian eats like bratwurst and sauerkraut alongside traditional brews. In addition, they host their annual Oktoberfest celebration throughout October each year, complete with live music and great food! So if you’re looking to get out and explore your neighborhood, we recommend parking near Angel Stadium and walking over to enjoy a night of fun at this one-of-a-kind venue.

15. The Big Hunt, Torrance

The Big Hunt is an English-style restaurant located in the heart of Torrance that offers guests an extensive selection of craft beers from around the world to pair with their upscale pub grub. In addition, every October, they host a special Oktoberfest event complete with live music from a local oompah band and authentic eats like bratwurst and pretzels. This is a great place to enjoy a night out with your friends but be sure to make a reservation ahead of time as they fill up fast!

Conclusion

There are many places to celebrate Oktoberfest in SoCal, but only a few genuinely embrace the tradition. So if you’re looking for something different during your next special event, consider checking out one of our top picks above.

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