Prosit! Best Oktoberfest Celebrations Around Long Beach
We’re all hopped up for Oktoberfest! But did you know that the original Oktoberfest in Munich actually starts in September and ends in early October? Here’s a bit of history: The first Oktoberfest was celebrated in Munich on October 12, 1810 in honor of Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. After such a spectacular party, the happy couple decided that the same type of festival should be continued annually. Eventually the date was moved forward into September, primarily because of the chilly Bavarian weather. So don your dirndls, lace your lederhosen, and hoist your beer steins for the best Oktoberfest celebrations around Long Beach!
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Old World Huntington Beach has been host of Orange County’s Biggest Party since 1977! This year’s Oktoberfest promises to be the best celebration yet, offering authentic German Food (voted “Best Bratwurst” in California), imported German Beers, German Bands straight from Germany, an army of Beautiful Shot Girls, and other festivities, competitions, games and more. Bring your own Stein and enter the Stein Contest – Old World will judge who wins a prize for having the BEST STEIN! Come dressed in a German outfit every Friday and get in for free!
7561 Center Ave Ste #51A
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Get ready to up your Oktoberfest game at the Dirndl Haus, home of the Bavarian Bombshell! Founded in September 2018 by two best friends, Cyndie and Arpeni, the Dirndl Haus sells trendy and traditional dirndl dresses and blouses, lederhosen, mens shirts and vests, and accessories including hats, hat pins, wreaths and jewelry. Dirndl Haus is an extension of the greater Old World Market and Oktoberfest Facility. Co-founder Cyndie’s parents Josef and Dolores Bischof, originally from Germany, founded Orange County’s famous Old World Village and Hosting Facility in 1975, along with Huntington Beach Oktoberfest Tradition, enjoyed by thousands of attendees each year.
4020 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
Rasselbock is a German restaurant and pub specializing in German food with a modern twist! Choose from over 35 German and Belgian beers, homemade sangrias, and a great selection of German and Californian Wines. Rasselbock is striving to bring the best in fresh and authentic German cuisine to Long Beach. The menu includes various versions of schnitzel, sausages, Bavarian pretzels and of course, apple strudel. Multiple vegetarian and vegan options are available as well. Oktoberfest celebrations will be happening Fridays & Saturdays throughout October.
110 East 22nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90731
The most entertaining Oktoberfest in America comes to San Pedro! Oompah meets rock n’ roll as you fill up on mouth-watering sausages, pretzels, desserts and of course, beer. Festmeister Hans & Die Sauerkrauts Oompah will take the stage with Heino & Gretel, along with amazing song and dance leaders. Brouwerij West is brewing up a special Überfest beer for this occasion – BOOM BRAU – which will only be available for this one time. Brouwerij West will also be pouring a limited selection of some of their favorite beers during the fest!
833 W Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
A little slice of Bavaria in sunny Southern California, Alpine Village was established in 1968 as a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, and has been the home of the oldest and biggest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California for over 50 years. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your appetite will sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst quenched by frothy German beers brewed by Paulaner. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Alpine Village Imports Market, featuring a huge array of German foods and interesting alcoholic beverages like Goldschläger, a Swiss cinnamon schnapps with real gold flakes floating inside.
Expo Arts Center
4321 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
Walktoberfest is a pub-crawl type event where you create your own route to visit the various breweries, restaurants and wine bars all within walking distance of each other in Bixby Knolls. Walk or catch a ride on the Bixby Beer Trolley to rest your legs and ensure you hit all the spots. Attendees will experience various Oktoberfest activities throughout the day. Admission includes your own commemorative mug and a wristband, which will get you discounts at participating locations and FREEBIES: One Complimentary Beer at Rasselbock, One Complimentary Pour of Feistbier at Ambitious Ales, and One Complimentary “Lola’s Boilermaker” at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, with more added every day! Pick up your mug and event card (for all the freebies) in front of the Expo Arts Center on Sunday, October 20th between noon and 3pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association for its ongoing monthly programs.