Prost! Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Long Beach

Though the official Oktoberfest in Munich ends Oct. 3, establishments across Long Beach are gearing up for celebrations throughout the month of October.

This list includes events both big and small, many of which are family-friendly, and feature popular drinking spots in Long Beach.

LONG BEACH OKTOBERFEST (through Oct. 9)

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The second annual Long Beach Oktoberfest at the Scottish Rite Event Center is every Friday and weekend through Oct. 9.

Attendees can expect all the classic elements of Oktoberfest celebrations—authentic German beer, bites and polka music—but patrons can also taste local brews and food, with vegan dishes also available for the plant-based eater.

Entertainment this year will once again be the crowd pleasers Festmeister Hans und Die Sauerkrauts performing a mix of traditional and modern tunes with singalongs, “wacky” games and more. Dress up in lederhosen or dirndl is highly encouraged.

General admission tickets cost $20 for adults ages 21 and older. VIP tickets cost $125 and includes parking, a guaranteed seat in the first few rows near the stage, an official Long Beach Oktoberfest stein, a plate of food, and five beverage tickets for any beer or wine. Tickets for attendees under 21 years old are available on Saturday and Sunday only for $20. Youth ages 14 or younger may enter for free.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Scottish Rite Event Center is at 855 Elm Ave.

OKTOBERFEST AT MOSAIC (Oct. 1)

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On Saturday, Oct. 1 the stretch north of 300 N. Promenade (dubbed “Mosaic“) that hosts the weekly Thursday Night Market is throwing a free Oktoberfest celebration with beer, German food, games and live entertainment from 3-7 p.m.

Attendees can expect a beer garden, vendors selling traditional German foods, outdoor games, crafts for children and live music by Bierhaus Brass. Click here for more information, registration is recommended but not required to attend.

Oktoberfest at Mosaic is at 300 N. Promenade.

DOODLEFEST (Oct. 1)

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Trademark Brewing’s annual “Doodlefest” Oktoberfest celebration returns Saturday, Oct. 1, with its popular dog costume contest, German foods, live music and heaps of beer.

The festival is free to attend, but those who purchase the $25 tickets will receive a 20-ounce Doodlefest beer stein, one complimentary pour of the brewery’s newly released Lagerdoodle amber ale, a pretzel necklace and 20-ounce beer refills at the 16-ounce price.

Guests and their dogs are encouraged to dress up in lederhosen or dirndl. The dog costume contest will be judged by the LA Beer Cats with prizes given out to the winners. There is also a giveaway leading up to the event, which you can check out on Instagram here.

Other festivities include outdoor games and a photobooth. German foods will also include vegan options for plant-based diners. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Trademark Brewing is at 233 E. Anaheim St.

OKTOBERFEST AT STEELCRAFT (Oct. 1)

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Outdoor urban eatery, SteelCraft, is hosting a daylong Oktoberfest celebration at its Long Beach location Saturday, Oct. 1 from noon to 10 p.m.

Food vendors at the site, which include businesses such as La Taqueria Brand and Hangry Belly, will be serving up Oktoberfest-themed menus. Smog City Brewing will be offering special beer releases. Entertainment will feature live music, a yodeling competition, a stein holding challenge and a costume contest—so feel free to come festively dressed.

The event is free to attend and welcome to all ages, but guests who’d like to drink must be 21 years or older. Click here for more information.

SteelCraft will also be hosting a second Oktoberfest celebration at their Bellflower location on Oct. 8 at 16500 Bellflower Blvd.

SteelCraft Long Beach is at 3768 Long Beach Blvd.

OKTOBERFEST AT TEN MILE BREWING (Oct. 1)

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Oktoberfest at Ten Mile Brewing Saturday, Oct. 1, also coincides with the brewery’s 5th anniversary in Signal Hill. Returning guests will be pleased to find that the popular log-sawing contest and the weiner dog race are back, plus the classic stein holding competition.

Ten Mile Brewing will have a variety of German beers to try in addition to their standard menu. Food options include German bites from Rasselbock Kitchen and Neapolitan pizza by the brewery. The event, which is from noon to 10 p.m., is free to attend. Click here for more information.

Ten Mile Brewing is at 1136 E Willow St.

CATALINA MUSEUM OKTOBERFEST (Oct. 7)

Bavarian polka rock band Hammerstein will be performing live during the Catalina Museum for Art & History Oktoberfest celebration Friday, Oct. 7. Photo courtesy Catalina Museum for Art & History.

The Catalina Museum for Art & History is hosting a family-friendly Oktoberfest event Friday, Oct. 7, with German foods, beer and authentic music by Bavarian polka rock band, Hammerstein.

Children can take part in an Oktoberfest-themed art project and games. Adults are invited to bring their own stein to enjoy a drink and enter a raffle. Costumes are encouraged.

Access to the celebration is included with the price of admission to the museum, which costs $25 for non-members ($20 for members) and $10 for children ages 3-15. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Catalina Museum for History and Art is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

OKTOBERFEST AT LONG BEACH BEER LAB (Oct. 23)

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Long Beach Beer Lab’s 5th annual Oktoberfest event is Sunday, Oct. 23, from noon to 7 p.m. with food, beer, live music and the fan-favorite “weenie” dog race.

The brewery has released two new beers for the event, the Oktober Friends Fesitbier and the Oktoberfest Festbier Marzen, which you can try on tap or bottled. Those who’d like to sign-up for the dog race can do so, here.

Long Beach Beer Lab is also selling specialty steins and other Oktoberfest-related merch you can purchase online or at the event. The celebration is free to attend, click here for more information.

Long Beach Beer Lab is at 518 W. Willow St.

OKTOBERFEST AT RASSELBOCK (until Oct. 29)

A server walks beers out to customers at Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

With Rasselbock Kitchen being a German restaurant, celebrating Oktoberfest at the establishment is a strong choice. The food will likely be the best you can try for the season and for the occasion they’re offering special items such as roasted pork shank, weisswurst, Black Forest cake and, of course, giant Bavarian pretzels. This is in addition to their regular menu with schnitzel, bratwurst, kielbasa and more.

Rasselbock is also bringing in three Oktoberfest beers on tap. Every Friday and Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. through Oct. 29 the restaurant will be formally celebrating the holiday with the aforementioned food and beer, plus games such as stein holding competitions, live music and more. Staff will be dressed up in lederhosen, so why not join the party if you’ve got the outfits, too.

Follow the restaurant’s Instagram to keep up with events, click here.

Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden is at 4020 Atlantic Ave.

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