LA WEEKLY'S SQUID INK — 8 Ways to Celebrate 2014 Oktoberfest in Los Angeles — by Sarah Bennett
Oktoberfest in Los Angeles has for years been an excuse for German expats to relive their faraway food and drink heritage and a chance for Americans to drink and eat large amounts of German goods in the presence of a polka band. Some of the longer-running Oktoberfest celebrations in the area (including in Orange County) have even taken on more of a club vibe as of late — scantily clad ladies, pop music DJs and beer halls full of slovenly drunks.
But this year feels different. You can still get your echt German-style celebration at the original Alpine Village and Los Angeles Oktoberfest events, but there’s also the world’s first Vegan Oktoberfest and a slew of craft beer-oriented Oktoberfests that are turning the Southland into a hotbed of stein-filled activities. Because L.A. Beer Week lands during the traditional last-week-of-September Oktoberfest starting date this year, several breweries are also hosting their own Oktoberfests for the first time, offering alternative locavore ways for you to get your schnitzel on.
Oktoberfest at Santa Anita Park
Saturday, Sept. 27; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. ($10-$60 for VIP packages)
The only thing better than an Oktoberfest celebration is an Oktoberfest celebration that lets you bet on the ponies at the same time. Enter, Santa Anita Park’s second annual Oktoberfest, which will again kick off opening weekend races at the historic track. Tickets range from mere entry into the beer garden and concert to a premium package that includes a t-shirt, free food from Dog Haus and access to the VIP wagering areas. Come for the steins, stay for the horses.
Santa Anita Park,
285 W. Huntington Dr.