Will Travel for Beer: Oktoberfests
Find your perfect Oktoberfest celebration, whether you’re aiming to stick around town or have your eye on a sudsy escape.
American Canyon Chamber Oktoberfest
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Oaktoberfest in the Dimond (October 1): This Oakland celebration features a root beer garden for the kids and a German-style home brew competition for the adults, plus more than 50 brewers pouring over 200 different beers. oaktoberfest.org.
Tahoe City Oktoberfest (October 1): In a scenic setting next to Fanny Bridge, this dog-friendly festival offers the requisite beers and brats, plus pumpkin painting, hula hoops, and a costume contest. visittahoecity.org/event-items/tahoecity-oktoberfest.
Clayton Oktoberfest (October 1–2): This beloved East Bay classic features a ceremonial tapping of the keg to kick it off, plus performances from Bavarian dancers, street performers, and The Internationals, who have performed music together for more than three decades. claytonoktoberfest.com.
Oktoberfest Monterey Bay (October 1–2): New this year, both days’ events will feature a full bar in addition to multiple beer gardens, and keep the kids entertained with bounce houses. oktoberfestmontereybay.com.
Pints in the Pines (October 1–2): For a woodsy escape, head to Twain Harte for two days of beer tasting and live music from local favorites the Black Irish Band and Sherry and the Psychedelics. twainhartecc.com.
Sausage and Suds (October 2): San Leandro’s annual fest takes over a block and a few parking lots, and offers a selection of food that pairs well with wine, beer, and the live tunes that float down the street. sanleandrodowntownassociation.org/events/sausage-and-suds.
Sacramento Oktoberfest (October 7–8): Sticklers for tradition and history will feel right at home at this bash—the oldest in Sacramento—run by a 162-year-old German society. sacramentoturnverein.com/event/oktoberfest.
American Canyon Chamber Oktoberfest (October 8): Sharpen your yodeling and chicken dance skills for contests at this event, which also includes wiener dog and “wanna be a wiener dog” races, and a bratwurst-eating contest. amcanchamber.org.
Biketoberfest (October 15): Bring the bikes for this Marin County party on two wheels, which boasts 70 cycling-focused vendors, 20 brewers, cargo bike racing, and both a road and mountain bike ride. biketoberfestmarin.com.
Walnut Creek Oktoberfest (October 15): At this downtown bash, don’t forget your B’s: brats and a biergarten with microbrews. walnutcreekdowntown.com/walnut-creek-downtown-events/oktoberfest-2016.
Campbell Oktoberfest (October 15–16): More than 30,000 people descend on this event to peruse 100-plus arts and crafts vendors. downtowncampbell.com/tags/campbell-oktoberfest-2016.
Novato Sunrise Rotary Oktoberfest (October 22): In addition to beer, pretzels, and a German band, learn the chicken dance and how to polka, with prizes for whoever shows the best mastery of the poultry jig. novatosunriserotary.org.