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Bay Area Celebrates Oktoberfest

09/02/11 by the Hauntmistress

Oktoberfest is an annual Fall harvest festival that originated in Munich, Germany, where revelers from near and far congregate to consume large quantities of beer and food and enjoy music and dancing. Many cities are hosting their own mini-Oktoberfest celebrations, bringing a little piece of Germany to the Bay Area. Here are a few we recommend.

Sacramento Oktoberfest
$10 - Sept. 17, 2011, 2 pm-7 pm
Enjoy authentic German food, contests, games, and live music by the Die Alpen Band. Those who enjoy dancing can follow along with the Golden Gate Bavarian Club of San Francisco. For ages 21 years and older.
Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

Concord Oktoberfest
Free - Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 2011, 6:30 pm-8 pm
Oktoberfest celebration in Todos Santos Plaza with lots of food, microbrews, live music, and more. There are three dates to choose from with different musical acts. On Sept. 22nd enjoy the Tommy Castro Band, on Sept. 29th listen to the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, and on Oct. 6th you’ll hear House of Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute band).
Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Rd. and Grant St., Concord

Clayton Oktoberfest
Free - Sept. 24-25, 2011, Sat. 11 am-8 pm; Sun. 11 am-6 pm
Clayton Business and Community Association invites you to experience Oktoberfest “Munich Style” featuring street performers, continuous live music, traditional biergarten, great German food and beer, premium California wines, arts and crafts show, and carnival.
Main St., Clayton

Tiburon Oktoberfest on Main
Free - Sept. 30, 2011, 6 pm-9 pm
Authentic German music, dancing, food, and beer. Everyone welcome!
1 Main St., Tiburon

Oktoberfest By The Bay
$25-$30 per day - Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011, Thur.-Fri. 5 pm-midnight; Sat. 11 am-5 pm and 6 pm-midnight; Sun. 11 am-6 pm
Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich's famed Oktoberfest, this festival will include nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink. Ages 21 years and over.
Pier 48, San Francisco

Cloverdale Oktoberfest
$15 (includes, dinner, wine, beer) - Oct. 8, 2011, 3 pm-8 pm
United Church presents this Oktoberfest, with live music by the Pointless Sisters, a silent auction, and activities for kids.
Cloverdale Plaza, E. Second St. and N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale

Peninsula Oktoberfest
Free-$15 - Oct. 15, 2011, 10 am-8 pm
The second annual Peninsula Oktoberfest is a one-day community event of beer, food, and music!
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City

Campbell Oktoberfest
Free - Oct. 15-16, 2011, Sat. 10 am- 6 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm
Downtown Campbell will showcase mouthwatering, savory German foods including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and German potato salad, a variety of beers and ales, more than 100 fine artisans from all over the country, and an impressive line-up of entertainment, including headliners AlpinersUSA.
Historic Downtown Campbell, Campbell Ave. between Winchester and Bascom

Moraga Oktoberfest
Free - Oct. 16, 2011, 2 pm-6 pm
Big Lou and her German band will offer live music and the Golden Gate Bavarian Dancers will entertain with authentic Oktoberfest dances. There will be plenty of room on the dance floor for you to join in, too! And, of course, it’s not Oktoberfest without draught beer, bratwurst, and weisswurst. Strudel and pretzels complete the menu, and it’s all available for a nominal charge. Jumpy houses, pumpkin painting, and other activities will be available to entertain children.
Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr., Moraga

If all of this fun doesn’t make you excited about the Fall, then check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many more activities, including other Oktoberfest celebrations, happening around the extended Bay Area!


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