Oktoberfest is a Bavarian festival which usually last just over two weeks. The event in Germany and Austria generally starts towards the end of September and spills into October. In the United States, however, most places that celebrate Oktoberfest don’t start the festivities until October. There are some events which try to stay true to tradition beginning in September, but not many. Truth be told, many people just assume it is supposed to be celebrated in October simply because of its name. Regardless of which month you choose to celebrate, options abound in the Sacramento area to cheers to the German festival.
Sacramento Turn Verein’s 46th Annual Oktoberfest
3349 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Dates: Oct. 11-12, 2013
The Turn Verein event is hands down the truest to form when it comes to Oktoberfest. This year, Oktoberfest will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th. Friday will see things start up at 6 p.m. and go until midnight. On Saturday, the event kicks off at 3 p.m. and ends at midnight as well. In the similar fashion as last year, The Gruber Family Band will perform polka music, adding to the authenticity of the event. Also performing will be the band AKA Live. Food and beer can be found almost everywhere and this year, Turn Verein will feature nine of the 10 beers being poured for Oktoberfest in Munich. The Bier Garten will no doubt be one of the most popular places to find yourself during these two days. Admission is $20 and $5 for children 12 years old and under and can be purchased online or at the door.
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Hearts That Care 2013 Oktoberfest
Blue Goose Event Center
3550 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA 95650
Date: Oct. 26, 2013
This is a benefit in the form of an Oktoberfest celebration where all of the proceeds will go to a great cause. Hearts That Care gives to those in need in Sacramento and has done so for years. Now through September 15th, advance tickets can be purchased online for the price of two for $50. Tickets can otherwise be purchased for $30 each. This event takes place at 6 p.m. on October 26th. Food will be available for purchase and there will also be a beer and cigar garden. Wine will be available as well throughout the evening. Both a live and silent auction will take place during the night to raise funds for Hearts That Care.
Oktoberfest At Cesar Chavez Park
910 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Date: Oct. 6, 2013
This festival takes place takes place at Sacramento’s home to the Concert In The Park series. On October 6th beginning at noon, people can start to get their fest on. The event goes for five straight hours, ending at 5 p.m. All proceeds for this one will go towards supporting children’s charities. This Oktoberfest celebration is being put on by Sacramento’s Active 20-30 Club. Tickets at the door are $25 or can be purchased online from a 20-30 Club member for $20. Some of the most popular local beers will be poured during the event including but not limited to favorites like Rubicon, Ruhstaller, Track 7 and Auburn Ale House. Food for the event will be prepared by two of Sacramento’s most sought-out trucks; Coast to Coast Sandwiches and Krush Burger. To add to an already amazing line-up of activities, music will performed by Arden Park Roots, a band which is a staple at Concerts In the Park. Arden Park Roots is also very well known to anyone familiar with the local music scene. This is a celebration worth checking out.
As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.