Los Angeles and Orange County have privately-sponsored Oktoberfest celebrations with plenty of schnitzels, sauerkraut, beer and entertainers clad in native German costumes. These boisterous weekend festivities are sort of a German theme park for people of all heritages to enjoy. Folks who prefer a more self-contained celebration can visit one of L.A.’s German restaurants to put on their own party.
Old World German Restaurant Oktoberfest
7561 Center Ave. #49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
The Old World Village in Huntington Beach is throwing its 34th Oktoberfest celebration from September 5th through October 31st, 2010. Old World Village is a shopping and entertainment complex open year round in Huntington Beach. Its eight acres are designed to resemble an old-world Bavarian village.. Every September and October, though, the complex pulls out all the stops and turns into Munich on the Pacific. Wednesday through Sunday nights, visitors can enjoy bratwurst, goulash, wienerschnitzel, sauerkraut and all types of German delicacies from the Old World Restaurant And don’t forget the beer, served enthusiastically by waitresses in a traditional German costume on Friday and Saturday “adult” nights during Oktoberfest. Wednesday and Thursday nights are “family nights. There are dachshund races for the whole family to enjoy, and oompah-pah bands imported for Germany and Austria just for the occasion.
Universal Studios Backlot
3900 Lankershim Blvd.
Universal City, Ca. 91602
L.A.’s Oktoberfest celebration takes place on October 9th and 10th on the Universal Studios Backlot in Hollywood. Sponsored by Farmer John, Stone Brewing Company, Beck’s and other companies, it features an array of food and beverage booths, German entertainers, yodeling demonstrations, and Bavarian dancing. For the beer enthusiast, who does more tan drink, there’s a beer pong tournament and a stain holding contest.The Children’s Tumor Foundation and other local Los Angeles charities receive funds from Oktobefest to benefit their programs.
The Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA90039
Neighborhood: Silverlake 323-662-5337
For a more informal Oktoberfest celebration., hoist a few brews at The Red Lion Tavern, in Silver Lake. Party in the rooftop beer garden This Silverlake staple has a boisterous scene year round. There’s a piano player in the downstairs area and waitresses in authentic German dress. Red Lion has only German beer on tap and the atmosphere transports you from laidback L.A. to a Bavarian Hofbrauhaus
800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Neighborhood: Downtown 213-687-4444
Highly touted by the college crowd, Wurstküche in downtown L.A. has a extensive menu of grilled sausage sandwich. Choose from classic bratwurst and Italian sausage, or go gourmet with such flavors as Chicken Apple and Spices and Austin Blues (a combination of smoked pork and spices). The exotic sausages are the real stars of the Wurstküche’s menus. For $7.50, you can enjoy an alligator and pork sandwich or the buttery Rattlesnake and Rabbit with Jalapeno peppers. Belgian fries with a choice of sipping sauces and a stein of Bitburger (or your another favorite German beer) top off your meal.