By Christopher Millard

Willkommen! It’s your Sacto guide to 2017’s Oktoberfest! Beer and brats abound in this month long observance filled with lederhosen, boots full of beer and sausages. Lots if sausages. So, join us, as Sacramento enjoys its German heritage.

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Turn Verein
3349 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

For 162 years Turn Verein has served as the premier club representing German ancestry. It doesn’t get more authentic than this as Sacramento’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration gets underway. From October 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm through October 14, 2017 12:00 am noon, you and your family can enjoy the many activities at Turn Verein. Activities like the authentic german beer on tap, along with German food in the outdoor biergarten, live music from 3 different German bands, plenty of kid-friendly activities and German music dancers. Entry starts at $20 for adults, $5 for children $5 and children under 12 enter free.

1050 20th St.
Sacramento, CA.

Hows about some Creekstone Farms never-ever pork combined with LowBrau’s signature spice blend featuring coriander, mace & white pepper bratwurst to go with a choice of your favorite fermented frosty brew from the NerdBeerMenu? The Lowbrau Bierhalle is the place for you. Touted as “modern take on the traditional German Bierhalle,” this is the hip place to hit this October. Eat, drink and be merry with the modern German crowd. Show up on a Monday and take a buck off any BeerNerdBier, or hit the happy hour from 3 to 6pm. In heaven there is no beer, that’s why you should drink here!

Der Biergarten
2332 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 346-4572

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Ja ist sehr gut, at Midtown’s favorite biergarten. This outdoor spot is straight up German beer and light fare German food. With 32 different beers on draft and some of the finest German sausages in Sacto, you can eat and drink over a game of cornhole, ping pong or foosball. Weisswurt, knackwurst, bratwurst, strudel, oh my! Belgies, and strudel, Flammkuchen and Schnitzel. Donner and Blitzen . . . okay, too far. But you don’t know what a Flammkuchen is (it’s a pizza), but you should go find out!

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Holy Spirit Parish School
3920 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA, 95822

On Saturday October 15th head to the Holy Spirit Parish School for your fill of brats, pretzels, and other German foods as you swill local brews and wines from the local establishments. If you’re 21 years of age or older, imbibe the local German themed libations as you take in the sounds of Oh! The Band. From 5 to 10 p.m. see how many you can pound (just make sure you have a sober ride home), or devour. The pretzels soak up the beer real good, so make sure you take in a good balance. There will be plenty to go around.

Auburn Oktoberfest
Gold Country Fairgrounds
1273 High St. Auburn
(530) 401-3066

North of Sac, there is a little know festival that has all the fixin’s. A German feast of pork chops, sausage and potatoes will be an display at this Oktoberfest party, hosted by the Auburn Gold Country Rotary. German beers and wine fuel the clap along as Bavarian folk troupe, Alpentänzer Schuhplattler, performs traditional music and demonstrates jigs on the dance floor. And get this, It’s all for a great cause, as the event will offer door prizes and a silent auction all benefiting local youth and community improvement projects. It’s Oktoberfest with a conscience.

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