Raise a Stein
Can’t make it to Munich? Say cheers at one of these East Bay Oktoberfests.
’Staches and Steins
(10/3) Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek welcomes mustaches—both real and faux—to the brewpub’s outdoor Oktoberfest celebration. Come with an empty stomach and strong biceps for the bratwurst-eating and stein-holding competitions, or don a dirndl or lederhosen for the costume contest. Other offerings include traditional German food and desserts, one-liter souvenir steins, a photo booth, and throwback ’60s and ’70s jams from cover band The Tuneriders. Walnut Creek, facebook.com/pyramidbrew.
Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
(10/4) This popular Oakland event boasts four entertainment venues, a German-style homebrew competition, and pours from more than 40 West Coast breweries. New to the festivities this year is the Town Park Skate Zone, an all-day skateboarding area with contests and demos from local skaters. Oakland, oaktoberfest.org.
(10/4–10/5) In addition to a biergarten, arts and crafts vendors, and Bavarian dancers, Clayton’s family-friendly 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration promises all-day yodeling and accordion playing from costumed European dance band The Internationals. Kids will also love the street performers and whirling amusement rides. Clayton, claytonoktoberfest.com.
Oktoberfest East Bay
(10/11) While the Craneway Pavilion’s waterfront views of the San Francisco skyline may not evoke Munich’s Isar River, the 20-plus breweries, pretzel necklaces, and traditional fare from local food trucks help capture the spirit of Oktoberfest. Just make sure to leave the kids at home: This is a 21+ event. Richmond, craneway.com.