Beer, beer and more beer. Get your slosh on and celebrate German culture at Oktoberfest. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got Teutonic blood or not—you like beer, right? Insert line about drinking responsibly and finding a designated driver.
BLUE MOUNTAIN BEER COMPANY OKTOBERFEST 2012
Beer? check. More beer? Check. German beer? Check! Snag a brew from a huge selection of traditional German beers to celebrate Blue Mountain Beer Company’s second Oktoberfest. Stay for live music featured in the Bier Garten.
Blue Mountain Beer Company, 22587 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, Sat, Oct. 13, 5pm, admission $6-$10; bluemountainbrewery.com.
NORCO’S OKTOBERFEST IN THE WILD WEST
Get your cowboy boots and lederhosen on and get wild for this Oktoberfest celebration in Norco. Of course there will be more German beer and brats than you could ask for, but don’t forget to make some butter (yes, really), yodel, chicken dance and watch the extreme Dachshund races and stay for some traditional music. That’s more German in one wild town than you can shake a brat at.
Nellie Weaver Hall, 3737 Crestview Drive, Norco. Fri, Oct. 12, 5pm-12am; Sat, Oct. 13, noon-1am; Sun, Oct. 14, noon-6pm. Tickets available at the gate. $5 admission, $8 Saturday night. Children 3 and under are free every day. Parking $2. norcooktoberfest.com.
VW JAMBOREE OKTOBERFEST EDITION
Got a VDub you’d like to show off? Roll into Lake Arrowhead Village this weekend and impress the locals with your German engineering, and Stick around for the German beer, German bands, German dancing and German food. German, German, German and more German.
28200 St. Hwy. 189, Lake Arrowhead, Sun, Oct. 14. 10am-4pm. Free admission. Free parking. Car registration $20 per car.
BIG BEAR LAKE OKTOBERFEST
Going 42 years strong, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest keeps the tradition alive and inebriated. With fresh Warsteiner beer imported from Germany, an actual Bavarian band, dance troupes performing customary dances, bratwurst from a German butcher in LA, and fresh apple strudel from a German bakery in Downey, this may be as authentically German as you can get in Southern California. Grab a buddy and flex some muscles for the log sawing competition or participate in the art of alcohol and try out the “Shoot and Yodel,” where guests take a shot of Jagermeister and then immediately yodel. Talk about iron lungs.
Big Bear Lake Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, Every Sat and Sun in October Sat, adults $18, seniors $14, children 12 and under $8; Sun, Adults $7, $5 for seniors with children 12 and under free. Bigbearevents.com.
OKTOBERFEST AT THE POMONA FAIRPLEX
You’re not in Pomona anymore. You’re in Bavaria, and you’re surrounded by gallons upon gallons of beer. What do you do now? Well, the answer to that question is easy. Oh, and you’re also serenaded by oompah music and maybe if you’ve imbibed enough, you’ll do the chicken dance.
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, Every Friday and Saturday in October, 6pm–midnight. Sunday noon–6pm $5 admission. Ages 21+. fairplex.com.
Let the battle of the bands begin! Fighting for the chance to win a three hour recording session at Lake Sound Studios in Lake Elsinore, bands will have 25 minutes to set up and shred, solo artists will have 12 minutes. Each band will get its own table to sell merchandise. If you and your buddies feel like getting out of your garage and showing the world what you’re made of, email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Community Recreation Center (CRC), 30875 Rancho Vista Outdoor Amphitheater, Temecula, Sat, Oct. 27. 2pm-8pm.
Compiled by Kevin Keckeisen