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Bavarian sausages with pretzels, sweet mustard and beer mugs on rustic wooden table. Oktoberfest menu
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Where to celebrate Oktoberfest 2022 in Los Angeles

What’s on tap for everyone’s favorite boozy fall holiday? Live oompah bands, lederhosen, dirndls and more beer than you’ll know what to do with.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo

If beer and sausages are your idea of a good time, look sharp: Oktoberfest is around the corner. With all the beer Los Angeles has to offer—from craft breweries to Bavarian-style biergartens—you’d be remiss not to celebrate Oktoberfest here in Los Angeles, but we’ve also rounded up larger, rowdier events a little further away in Orange County and San Bernardino if you’d rather make a day trip out of it. Put on your lederhosen, brush up on your oompah dancing and welcome autumn with a bratwurst in one hand and a stein in the other. Prost!

What is Oktoberfest?

A massive, centuries-old beer festival in Munich that’s now celebrated around the world.

When is Oktoberfest?

Though the German originator starts in mid-September, most Oktoberfest events in L.A. run throughout October, with a few that kick off in September.

The best Oktoberfest events near Los Angeles

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Wear your lederhosen to this Fairfax-area biergarten, where an extensive selection of German brews gets served alongside traditional German fare like pretzels, sausages and Black Forest cake on Fridays and Saturdays from September 17 to October 29. For a real show, stop by at 3pm on kickoff day to watch Wirtshaus's keg-tapping ceremony. Regarldess of when you arrive, however, you'll find Oktoberfest celebrated here complete with live music, food specials and even a free stein if you buy a liter of Weihenstephaner. They’ll also be celebrating Oktoberfest with stein-holding contests at their two other biergarten locations: Rasselbock Mar Vista and Rasselbock Long Beach.
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