Oktoberfest originated in 1810 and started as a festival celebrating a wedding, Bavarian traditions, and beer brewed within Munich’s city limits. Today’s celebrations generally begin in September and run through October. Find all the Oktoberfest details here on our guide to Oktoberfests in Orange County. O’ zapft is!
Old World Village
September 17 – November 5, 2023
7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
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- Wednesdays & Thursdays – Free, Family Friendly: 5PM – 10PM
- Fridays – 21+ $10-$25: 5PM – 1AM
- Saturdays – 21+ $15 – $25: 5PM – 1AM
- Sundays – Family Friendly – $10 – $12: 1PM – 7PM
It doesn’t get much more authentic than Oktoberfest at the German-themed Old World Village in Huntington Beach. The most popular and longest running Oktoberfest in Orange County is open five days a week and has live music every night.
More at Old World
Old World Village is a German Village with a variety of shops. At Old World Village you will find:
Old World German Restaurant
Old World German Bakery
Award-Winning Sausages (Voted Best Sausage in California)
Imported Beers & Spirits and the German Pub
The Phoenix Club of Anaheim
1340 Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
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The Phoenix Club in Anaheim celebrates Oktoberfest every year. It is the longest running Oktoberfest in Southern California, now celebrating over 60 years, and claims to be the most authentic. Come out and see for yourself. You must reserve your spot with a pre-purchased ticket. All Special Admission tickets include a $12 food voucher.
- Fridays & Saturdays (21+ Only): $20 General Admission
- Family Sundays 12PM – 5PM (All ages): $20 General Admission, $5 Ages 3-12, Under 3 Free
Boo Ha Ha – A Haunted Oktobeerfest
Orange County Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Saturday, October 29, 2022
7PM – 10PM Beer Fest & Concert
10PM – Midnight: After Party
$35 Non-alcohol tickets
$47.50 – $67.50 for general admission
$57.50 – $99.50 for VIP Admission
Brew Ha Ha Productions presents three hours of unlimited beer tastings with an emphasis on Oktoberfest and German style lagers, with a selection of west coast favorites. Concessions will be available, costumes are encouraged, and a line up of artists will host live music for your entertainment. 21 and older only.
GameCraft Brewing Oktoberfest
23301 Avenida De La Carlotta C, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
September 17-October 30
Oktoberfest celebrations include German-style beers, Oktoberfest dishes like wurst, pretzels, and schnitzel, plus tons of fun games!
SteelCraft Garden Grove
12900 S Euclid St, Garden Grove
Join in the Oktoberfest fun with craft beer, food specials, themed menu items, live music and more.
St. Irenaeus Annual Oktoberfest
St. Irenaeus Catholic Church
5201 Evergreen Ave., Cypress, CA
October 15, 2022
6PM – 10PM
$50 per person
Enjoy live music, pretzels, German style dinner and dessert, games, dancing, and a selection of beer and wine. Presale tickets can be purchased online.
St. Martin de Porres Oktoberfest
19767 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda
September 30, October 1 & 2, 2022
This Oktoberfest carnival includes rides, games, entertainment, bingo, food and drinks, and much more. Come out for a weekend of fun and celebrate this fall tradition.
Newport Dunes 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach
OCtoberfest Newport Beach is the newest Octoberfest event in the neighborhood. It is a 21 and over only event. The event will be held at Newport Dunes and includes two stages for non-stop entertainment, an activity zone, a Bavarian Village with vendors and food, a VIP Tent, Waterfront VIP area by Fashion Island Hotel, a Long Dog Beach Derby, traditional Biergarten, and more.
Activities & Entertainment
- Live bands and DJs
- Musical Chairs
- Yodeling lessons with Kathrin Jakob
- Stein Hoisting Contest
- Dance Party
- Greasy Sausage Toss Game
- Beer Tasting
- Alpenhorn Blowing
- Mr. and Miss OCtoberfest Costume Contest
- Log Sawing
- Keg Games
- Beer Chugging
- Onsite VIP at Newport Dunes $20
- Free offsite parking at Fashion Island Hotel and Corona Del Mar High School
- Use Lyft from offsite parking or from home
VIP Zone Benefits
- Reserved table seating
- Full Bar Access
- VIP restrooms
- Live music and stage show inside the Bavarian VIP Tent
- Waterfront VIP Tables at Fashion Island Hotel waterfront VIP Zone
- Bier and food concierge with no lines to wait in
- VIP restrooms
- Stunning village views
Orange County Elks Lodges
Most of the Orange County Elks Lodges hold Oktoberfest events, also known as Elktoberfest. Usually you have to be a member or a guest of a member.
If you’re feeling adventurous try trekking to these these Oktoberfest in California and make a weekend out of it.
- Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
- Catalina Island Oktoberfest
- Julian Oktoberfest
- Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest
- Mammoth Oktoberfest
When does Oktoberfest start and end?
Oktoberfest traditionally run 16 to 18 days and starts mid- or late-September and ends the first Sunday in October.
Why Does Oktoberfest Start in September?
When Oktoberfest began in 1810, it did take place entirely in October. Over time the starting dates were moved because the days were longer the weather was warmer. To keep with tradition the last weekend of modern Oktoberfests almost always takes place in October.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.