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Prost! Oktoberfest returns to L.A.

Deanna Barnert

Where to get ye ol' German beers, brats & oom-pah fix

Oktoberfest beer and bratwurst plate/ Deanna Barnert

(Los Angeles) Germany’s official Oktoberfest has once again been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and so has SoCal’s beloved Alpine Village event, but Los Angeles has plenty of opportunities to celebrate bier with your crew in September and October 2021. So clean your stein, strap on your lederhosen, practice your chicken dance, and prepare to gorge on German food – even if you are vegan!

Oktoberfest is a Bavarian annual event that actually started as an over-the-top wedding party in 1810. Over 200 years later, the 16- to 18-day event honors the past with traditions like feasting on bratwurst, partaking in competitions like log sawing, parading around in costume, dancing to oom-pah bands and generally carousing with your pals.

At the center of it all, of course, is the pleasure of enjoying good beer and having a good time. So is it any surprise Oktoberfest is now celebrated worldwide?

Oktoberfest mini-keg pyramid/ Deanna Barnert

While some SoCal events have been canceled in 2021, there are several fun fest options in and around L.A. This being the City of Angeles, we’ve also found Oktoberfests that can accommodate connoisseurs of craft beer and yes, even vegans!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be wise to check the provided websites for updated safety protocols and entry requirements, as well as possible cancelations or closures.

Oktoberfests in and around L.A.

13th Annual L.A. Beer Festival

This fest won’t have lederhosen, log sawing, or Bavarian brats, but it does promise food trucks, live music… and craft beer! And as we’ve noted, good beer is at the center of Oktoberfest, so we’ve included this event in our roundup. This event is 21 and over.

When: Sat, September 18, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Center Studios; 450 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Information: website

Santa Anita Oktoberfest Trackside

Horses, betting, and beers… How can you go wrong?

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3 and October 9-10; 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

Information: website

Bavarian Night at Wirsthaus

This local beer garden brings Oktoberfest to the Fairfax District on the first Saturday of every month – and now is the perfect time of year to check it out!

When: Saturday October 2, November 6, 2021; 12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Where: Wirtshaus German Restaurant and Biergarten, 345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Information: website

Überfest – THE Ultimate Oktoberfest

Festmeister Hans and Heino are back – and if you don’t know who they are, you may just want to make the trip to the Port of Los Angeles to find out!

When: October 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Brouwerij West, 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731.

Information: website

Vegan Oktoberfest

This one-day event is for our Vegan readers – and as signified by its name, it offers plant-based food and beer. 21 and over, only.

When: October 16, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Center Studios; 450 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Information: website

Long Beach Oktoberfest

This inaugural fest is ready to dive into Oktoberfest traditions with the help Festmeister Hans – a name familiar to fans of the canceled Alpine Village Oktoberfest! Friday and Saturday are 21 and over, but kids are welcome on Sundays.

When: Friday and Saturday, October 22, 23, 29, 30; 5:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, October 24 and 31; 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Scottish Rite Event and Cultural Center, 855 Elm Ave., Long Beach

Information: website

Old World Village Oktoberfest

Go back in time – and into Orange County – for this Huntington Beach fest, which offers both family-friendly and adults-only parties. The organizers suggest pre-ticketing, due to COVID-19, so be sure to visit the site before scheduling your Oktoberfest trek to The O.C.

When: Sept. 19-Oct. 31, Wednesday thru Sunday

Where: Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach

More Information: website

Big Bear Oktoberfest

Those looking for the most epic SoCal fest can make a weekend of it and take a trip to Big Bear! The organizers also suggest pre-ticketing, due to COVID-19, so be sure to visit the site before scheduling your Oktoberfest trek to the mountains.

When: Weekends, September 11 thru November 7

Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sundays: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Fridays (October Only): 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: Big Bear Lake Convention Center,

More Information: website

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Deanna Barnert is a Los Angeles native and entertainment journalist with thousands of news stories, features and profiles published internationally. A member of the Television Critics Association, she’s written for "Emmy" magazine, MSN.com and SheKnows.com, served as News Editor for "Soaps In Depth," and interviewed some of your favorite stars and creators. A true Angeleno, Deanna knows L.A. is the best place to live... and the worst! She made her hometown more accessible to newcomers via her contribution to "The Complete Resident’s Guide to Los Angeles" and its pocket mini, "The Essential Tourist Guide" -- and now she's doing it for NewsBreak! Deanna is an avid traveler who lived in Madrid, Spain, for two years and did some time in NYC, but she always comes home. Check out what Deanna’s doing now by following @TVDeeva on social media.

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