October is the month we celebrate fall, Halloween and Oktoberfest. In Munich, starting in late September, Oktoberfest is celebrated for sixteen days. For those of German Heritage or an appreciation for the culture, Los Angeles has many places to celebrate Oktoberfest in 2010. These are three of the best Oktoberfests in Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Oktoberfest
This is definitely the largest Oktoberfest in Los Angeles, if not the country. The LA Oktoberfest takes place on October 9th and 10th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. There are bands, Bavarian dancers, a beer pong tournament, aerial show girls, a silent auction and stein holding contest. A stein holding contest is when people hold steins full of beer in their hands. The winner is the person who can hold the stein up the longest. Of course, there is also delicious german spirits and food. Tickets go on sale September 15th. The LA Oktoberfest is located at the Universal Studios Backlot at 3900 Lankersheim Blvd, Gate 3, Hollywood, Ca. This event also raises funds for local charities and net proceeds help the Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Homeboy Industries. For this reason, tickets are not refundable.
Oktoberfest Alpine Village
Head down to Alpine Village in Torrance for their annual Oktoberfest. This is the 43rd year of this Oktoberfest celebration. Last year, there were about 69,000 in attendance. The festivities take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between September 10 and October 23. On Friday visit from 6:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. The Saturday times are 6:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. and Sunday times are 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. While there, enjoy entertainment from Oom Pah Pah big bands and eat german food. If you want to take the kids, go on Sunday. There will be jumpers, sweets and games. Alpine village is located at 833 W. Torrance Blvd. Torrance, Ca 90502.
Montrose’s 33rd Oktoberfest will happen on Saturday, October second from noon to 11 p.m. There will be games, rides, dancing, music beer, wine and food. Some of the games include a balloon pop, basketball toss, horse race, gold fish game, water race and a star dart game. In addition, there will be a ferris wheel, giant slide, mini jets, fun house and more entertaining rides. The fun continues with several contests like the Oktoberfest coloring contest, the best dressed dog competition and the sausage eating contest. Bingo will take place from 2 p.m to 10 p.m. in the Montrose travel parking lot. At this event, there is truly something for all ages. The Monrtose Oktoberfest is located at the 2300 and 2400 Blocks of Honolulu Avenue just north of Glendale on 3516 N. Verdugo Rd. The street will be closed to traffic.
This October, head out to one of these events (even if you don’t like beer or bratwurst).