Long Beach bar owners bringing new Oktoberfest celebration to Downtown

A new Oktoberfest celebration is set to kick off late October at the Scottish Rite Event Center with heaps of traditional German beer, bites and music.

Bar owners Jim Ritson of Bamboo Club (formerly of 4th Street Vine) with Stache Bar and Sideburns proprietors Brett Gallo and Erick Verduzco have organized an Oktoberfest celebration striving to deliver a culturally rich, authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Guests can enjoy a selection of imported Paulaner Festbier and Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier beers, wine and an assortment of traditional Bavarian specialties such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, cabbage, soft pretzels, and more. There will also be a number of German-inspired vegan options for our plant-based eaters.

The outdoor event will be set up in “Biergarten-style,” (lots of picnic tables) able to host 6,000 expected attendees over the course of two weekends (Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31), with an 8,000-square-foot tent for shade.

Though not a traditional polka band, the Los Angeles-based Festmeister Hans und Die Sauerkrauts troupe will entertain with a setlist of polka tunes and parody anthems.

“We have been fans of Festmeister Hans und Die Sauerkrauts band for nearly 20 years when they were at the popular Alpine Village Oktoberfest,” said co-founders and event organizers in a press release. “Since discontinuing their annual celebration, we have dreamed of bringing an authentic Oktoberfest celebration to our hometown of Long Beach.”

Attendees can also anticipate a number of outdoor games and contests. Dressing up in traditional lederhosen attire is welcome, but not required to partake in the festivities. The event is family-friendly, however you must be 21 or older to enter on Friday and Saturday.

General admission tickets cost $20. VIP tickets cost $125 and include entry, a guaranteed seat for entertainment within the first few rows, one official Oktoberfest stein, one plate of food and unlimited pours of hosted beer and/or wine.

Tickets are on sale now, click here to purchase. For more information on the event, click here.

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