Put on your lederhosen; grab a boot-shaped pint glass and head to Torrance for the oldest Oktoberfest in Southern California. Set in the Bavarian-themed Alpine Village, this is the longest running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles – perfect for a fun weekend getaway.
Celebrate fall’s harvest by eating your way through large, soft pretzels dipped in fondue or a sausage layered in sauerkraut. Fill your plate with traditional wiener schnitzel and finish with an apple strudel. No matter your German dish of choice, you won’t walk away hungry.
If the Bavarian treats leave you thirsty, the German-style beer offerings are plenty. Or, fill your cup with crisp apple cider. Either way, don’t forget to raise your glass and bellow “Proast” with your crew of friends – old and new.
Get into the “Oom Pah” at the Torrance Oktoberfest, with dozens of live band performances. No Oktoberfest would be complete without Polka and dancing! Enjoy everything from traditional accordion and brass horn music, to unplanned songs belted out between nibbles and swigs by fellow revelers.
Now that you’ve whet your appetite and dusted off your dancing shoes, here’s an idea of how to plan your trip.
For the more adult groups or a couple’s vacation, Fridays and Saturdays are sehr gut. Plan to arrive around dinnertime and get ready for a pint holding contest or live concert while you sample German cuisine. Party until midnight at the big tent, then move over to the Alpine Steinhaus Restaurant and dance the night away.
Image source: Alpine Villages
Looking for a more family-themed experience? That’s what Family Sundays are all about. Teach the kids about German food, fun and the more than 200-year-old Oktoberfest traditions. Kids 12 and under get in for *FREE* too!
Oktoberfest Hours until October 29th:
Fridays: 6:00 PM to midnight
Saturdays: 5:00 PM to midnight
Sundays: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
And don’t forget to book your lodging at one of our great local hotels or bed and breakfast hotspots.