Oktoberfest is always a time for unique once-a-year celebrations and this year is no exception as Los Angeles is home to several great events. Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a list of the best Oktoberfest events for you to partake in this month.
Santa Anita Park and Dog Haus will be hosting their first annual Oktoberfest extravaganza on Saturday October 12th and they are going to give guests a little bit of everything to go with a lot of fun. You can find yourself on the infield at Santa Anita with 28 German and craft beer breweries including Golden Road, New Belgium, Stone, Epic, Bootleggers, Speakeasy and Angel City among others. You can pair your beer with some authentic German fare to accentuate your beer; they have that as well courtesy of Santa Anita Chef Eric Maranowski, his specialty cuisine and German Pretzel purveyors. Dog Haus, Southern California's destination for gourmet hot dogs and sausages, is bringing the Best of the Würst, serving Beer Brat Dogs, Sausages and Tater Tots. You are not going to find a better Oktoberfest menu anywhere!
No Oktoberfest is complete without music, and Santa Anita Park's festival has an artist lineup sure to please, including Bavarian Wunderband and The Spazmatics--plus a special appearance by Boogie Knights. Bavarian Wunderband, a six-piece combo performing authentic German oom-pah band favorites will have the crowd on their feet and flapping their wings to the "Chicken Dance" and toasting each other with "Ein Prosit", as well as conducting an Alpenhorn blowing competition. The members of Bavarian Wunderband bring authenticity to Oktoberfest with more than just music--they are known for their gorgeous German costumes as well. If you love 80's music, and who doesn’t, New Wave wonders The Spazmatics will be performing. As a special bonus, Boogie Knights, "the greatest disco revival show in the world", are scheduled to bring their dance floor vibe to the event
Pasadena personality extraordinaire and host Bryan Gallyot will work the stage, while Santa Anita’s own MC José Contreras will be on hand to assist people with racing terminology and betting booths while they are watching a giant live video feed of the races in real time.
For those that want to compete for more than most beers consumed, the festivities also include an official Corn Toss competition, Stein holding contest and the always popular costume contest with categories including Child, Traditional Man and Woman, Sexiest Man and Woman and New School. Children can enjoy the day as well as there will is a family friendly activity zone that includes a visit with SeaBiscuit, Pony Rides, Face Painting, a Bounce House, Photo Booth and more!
Oktoberfest at Santa Anita takes place from Noon to 7:00pm. General admission to the infield is $5.00. Attendees dressed in German attire will have the general admission fee waived.
The Oktoberfest Package can be purchased on line for only $25.00 (valued at $50.00), at SantaAnita.com using promo code GERMAN. It includes Admission, Racing Program, Tip Sheet, Souvenir Oktoberfest Stein, Two 12 oz. Complimentary Beers and an authentic German Pretzel. Other packages include; the VIP Oktoberfest Package can be purchased online for only $50.00 (valued) at $100.00,at SantaAnita.com using promo code GERMAN. The VIP Package includes Admission, Racing Program, Tip Sheet, Souvenir Oktoberfest Stein, Two 12 oz. Complimentary Beers, an authentic German Pretzel, Eight-plus authentic German Beer Tastings in VIP area and food from Dog Haus. First race post is at 1:00pm. For additional information visit Santa Anita or call (626) 574-RACE.
Since the inception of Rock & Reilly’s, it has become well known as the place to be if you want to have an amazing time in Hollywood. Last year more than 4,000 people celebrated Oktoberfest with Irish pub Rock & Reilly’s, and this year will be no different! Rock & Reilly’s will put an Irish, rock-n-roll twist on the German drinking holiday with the Second Annual Rocktoberfest on Saturday, October 12th from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. Located at Rock & Reilly’s and Pearl’s back lot at 8911 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, the party will feature 12 bars, 4 beer trucks, 2 stages with live music by The Spazmatics and DJs spinning throughout the day, games and more! A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Rock & Reilly’s charitable partner, Pencils of Promise (pencilsofpromise.org). Discounted pre-sale tickets are available for a limited time and can be purchased at Rock & Reilly’s and Pearl’s Liquor Bar or online. General Admission tickets will be sold for $20 at the door.
Angel City Brewery will be celebrating Oktoberfest on October 19th from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a day of beer, babes and games. The event will help support the Angel City Derby Girls’ mission to keep L.A. rolling.
The Angel City Derby Girls was founded in 2006 and is Southern California’s premiere flat track roller derby league. Volunteer run and 100% owned and operated by its members, the Angel City Derby Girls are a hard-hitting and hard-working group of women. Their motto? “We get hit on a lot.”
On October 19, the Derby Girls will be at Angel City Brewery to preside over the ceremonial tapping of the brewery’s Oktoberfest beer at 12:30 p.m. with Brewer Dieter Foerstner. Then the party continues with a Derby Girl photo booth – that’s right, squeeze up close, they only LOOK like they bite. Ping pong, darts, corn hole and ladder toss competitions will be taking place all day. There will be live music by RT N’ the 44’s, great food from the Currywurst food truck and of course, there will be plenty of beer flowing.
The Public House is Angel City’s own 19-tap bar serving a changing roster of classic and newly inspired beer. The bar is open 7 days a week with an ever-changing calendar of events ranging from weekly industry and trivia nights, to art shows and live music.
About Angel City Brewery™
Angel City Brewery® is excited to be part of the renaissance of Downtown LA by bringing old-world, small-batch, craft brewing to the new world of the expanding Arts District. Angel City is committed to the continued growth and revitalization of its neighborhoods by being an interactive and supportive partner to the arts and business communities, as well as the burgeoning craft beer movement in Los Angeles. Angel City Brewery is located at located at 216 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Angel City Brewery is online on Facebook and on Twitter. The phone number is (213) 622-1261.