Guten Tag! Get ready for a German inspired festival—Oktoberfest—happening in true Norco fashion, so it’s infused with a bit of the wild wild west. Old country meets old west, resulting in a day packed with music, food, games, dachshund races, contests and so much more, showcased with both adults and children in mind. This three-day event kicks off with horse drawn carriages delivering the first kegs of beer, followed by a rifle demonstration and a flag ceremony. Nothing says October (Oktober?) quite like a Biergarten providing authentic Teutonic and domestic beers for mom and dad, as well as a pumpkin patch complete with draft horse carriage rides, livestock, water bubble rides and tasty treats for the little ones. If you choose to make your debut in one of the festival’s many contests—gorging down bratwurst, churning butter or yodeling on stage courtesy liquid courage—don’t miss Reggie Racer, Penney Lane and other champion racing dachshunds battling each day for the grand prize. Live country western German polka music courtesy of Chris Rybak, “The Accordion Cowboy,” and his Roland accordion synthesizer will be playing all weekend. And if that isn’t enough, DJ Funky Funke will also keep the party alive spinning rock, electronic and industrial metal tunes. Saturday night the diversity continues for those 21 and over—embrace your inner German rocker with the band, Kranken Welpen, which describes its sound as “gypsy metal punk polka.” With profits benefitting local animal shelters and community organizations, be altruistic enjoying pint after pint of malty goodness. (Jamie Solis)
George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center, 3737 Crestview Dr., Norco; www.facebook.com/Oktoberfestinthewildwest. Fri, 5pm-1am, Sat, 12pm-1am & Sun, 12pm-6pm. General admission, $5; Sat, after 8pm, $8; Children 3 and under, free.