If you like German beer, bratwurst, and bands, then you’ll love Oktoberfest. The traditional festival has taken place in Germany every year since the early 19th century, and cities all over the U.S. are celebrating through festivals of their own. Oktoberfest officially started on Saturday, but celebrations continue in various locations through October.
To help you figure out where to enjoy the festivities this year, we rounded up the best Oktoberfest celebrations yet to come from San Francisco to Miami. So put on your favorite German garb and prepare to dance, eat, and drink your face off at any of the following events.
Alpine Village - Los Angeles
Alpine Village hosts the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California—this year they’re hosting the 51st-annual event—so they make sure to cover all of the festive bases. During every weekend in October, the Bavarian-inspired village is hosting events complete with live music from German bands; Bavarian dancing; German-imported beer; and, of course, all of the bratwurst and pork schnitzel you can eat. If you’re bringing little ones along, then buy a ticket for any Sunday during the month, which are designated family days.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon - San Diego
Oktoberfest in El Cajon is a family-friendly celebration that takes place on September 27-29 and October 4-6. The celebration includes everything you could want in an Oktoberfest party, including live music from Guggenbach-Buam—a band flying in straight from Germany—folk dances, contests, and games. There will also be a ton of delicious and authentic German food, like bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, and German pastries, in addition to plenty of German beer on tap.
Oktoberfest Miami 2019 - Miami
Who better to throw an Oktoberfest party than the German-American Social Club in Miami? The organization is hosting their 62nd-annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 11-13 and 18-20. The celebration is the longest continuously-running Oktoberfest in the country and the largest German cultural event in South Florida. With its bouncy houses, magicians, and games, it’s a great event for kids. But the German booze, food, and dancing ensures people of all ages have plenty of fun.
OCtoberfest OC - Orange County
You’ll want to leave the kids at home for this 21+, month-long event, and you’ll be glad you did because the variety of German beers on tap are likely to make you less than responsible in the best possible way. In addition to endless beers that can be poured into a commemorative OC Bier Stein, the event features tons of authentic Bavarian grub, like bratwurst, strudel, pretzels, and potato salad; live yodeling; dancing; a log-sawing competition; and a costume contest, so be sure to don your finest lederhosen.
Draughtsman Oktoberfest - Palms Springs
For the fourth-consecutive year, Draughtsman is throwing a boozy Oktoberfest celebration full of German-inspired goodies. The event takes place on October 5th from 12-6 pm and includes live music, boundless bratwursts, and drinking games aplenty. And because you can’t have Oktoberfest without steins full of brew, there will also be several guest breweries serving up their ice cold beer to lubricate the fun. The $25 ticket gets you one beer, brat, and custom stein.
Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach
On October 11-13 and 18-20, the American-German Club of the Palm Beaches is hosting its annual Oktoberfest celebration that’s overflowing with things to do for the whole family. You can keep the littles occupied with arts and crafts tables and games while you nosh on authentic German meals, sample from beer and brat booths, and enjoy a draft or five at the biergarten. German attire isn’t required, but it’s certainly recommended and will likely inspire you to get down on some folk dancing to the tunes of two live German bands.
Bottomless Oktoberfest - San Francisco
On September 28, join hundreds of party-goers from 12-4pm at The Lawn at SPARK Social SF to celebrate Oktoberfest in all of its glory. $36 tickets include bottomless local and imported Oktoberfest and German-style beers on tap, served in a commemorative Beer Stein. Over 12 of San Francisco's best food trucks will be there serving delicious eats for purchase, and a DJ will be pumping polka (and music you'll actually want to hear) while you play outdoor games and participate in beer-themed competitions.
Oktoberfest on Pine - Long Beach
Celebrate Oktoberfest from 2-11pm on Saturday, September 28, at Oktoberfest on Pine. This free street festival takes place in the entertainment district Broadway and Pine. Expect traditional German games and activities, live music, a beer garden with a dozen participating restaurants featuring 300 craft beers, brats and pretzels, and as their website states, "many other surprises!"