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4 Ways To Celebrate Oktoberfest 2022 in Los Angeles

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If beer and sausages make you happy, get ready: Oktoberfest is coming up soon.

Put on your lederhosen and practice your oompah dancing.

Then, welcome fall with a bratwurst and a stein. Prost!

What is Oktoberfest?

A huge beer festival in Munich that has been going on for hundreds of years and is now celebrated all over the world.

When is Oktoberfest?

Even though the original Oktoberfest in Germany starts in the middle of September, most L.A. Oktoberfest events happen in October, though a few start in September.

Here are 4 places you can celebrate Oktoberfest in 2022 in LA.

1. Oktoberfest at Fairplex

Oct 7 to Oct 22, 2022

Every Friday and Saturday in October, Bavarian music, beer, and lots of chicken dancing turn Fairplex, where the L.A. County Fair is held, into a German wonderland called Oktoberfest.

At this event for people over 21, you can eat bratwurst, knockwurst, and sweet corn while drinking real German beer. There will also be DJs, oompah bands, and even a No Doubt tribute band. Note that this year, the festival will end at 11pm, which is earlier than usual.

2. Oktoberfest at Wurstküche Venice

Oct 1 to Oct 23, 2022

Starting on Saturday, October 1, this Venice gastropub will have a Bavarian party for three weekends with live music, lederhosen, yodeling, and food that will make your mouth water.

You can try a tasty rattlesnake and rabbit hot link with onions and peppers on top, choose from a variety of German and Belgian beers on tap, and listen to yodeling and live German music.

Each $45 entry ticket (starting at noon or 4pm) comes with a Wurstküche beer mug and the first fill-up is included.

3. Huntington Beach Old World Oktoberfest

Until Nov 6, 2022

The Old World Oktoberfest calls itself "Orange County's biggest party since 1977." It promises all the beers, brats, babes, and bands you'd find in Munich, but with better ocean views. From September 18 to November 7, this re-created Bavarian village will have "Shot Girls," dancers, and German and oompah bands playing every Wednesday through Sunday.

Also, the famous wiener dog races will be back at the September 18 opening event (with additional races October 9, 16 and 23.) On Fridays and Saturdays, Old World's Oktoberfest is only for people over 21 and costs $10 or $15 to get in.

On other nights, families and people of all ages are welcome (with free entry on Wednesday and Thursday).

4. San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer 

Oct 14, 2022

If you don't like bratwurst and big pretzels, you can swap them out for boba and dumplings at this beer festival on Friday, October 14, at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

The exact event details for 2022 have not been announced yet (check the city's Instagram for updates), but in the past, each $35 ticket included a beer tasting wristband for unlimited local beer, boba trucks, and live entertainment.

How will you celebrate Oktoberfest this year?

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