Oktoberfest at Alpine Village in Torrance is finally back in town! If you don’t have any plans for the weekend, it’s the perfect South Bay event to help kick off the seasons festivities.
This isn’t your dad’s Oktoberfest, by the way. USA Today calls it “One of the Best Oktoberfests in the World!” That’s right, the world – which includes Germany, the last time we looked.
It is also one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in Southern California. Oom Pah Pah bands, German food and German beer – what could be better on a weekend which otherwise looked pretty disappointing until we came along?
This is Alpine Village’s 47th year holding the festival so they’ve pretty much got the whole thing down. It is truly amazing.
If you aren’t familiar with the whole Oktoberfest concept, let’s bring you up to speed. It all started with a Bavarian wedding – a royal wedding in 1810. People partied, as people do at weddings, but it was such a successful party, the good people of Bavaria decided to repeat it every year.
The granddaddy of all Oktoberfests is held in Munich, Germany annually. It goes on for 16 days and more than 7 million people attend – they come from all over the world.
Actually, weeks of drinking beer and eating sauerbraten wasn’t reserved for royal weddings. It’s something German immigrants to this country in the 1800s did, every time there was a wedding in the family. But we digress.
Speaking of beer, this year’s Alpine Village Oktoberfest is featuring one of Germany’s most popular beers – or bier as they call it – Warsteiner. They’ll also offer Coors Light for the un-adventurous and a selection of wines.
Attending Oktoberfest In Torrance
Attending an Oktoberfest celebration is a little like going to a Renaissance Faire – the costume makes the experience and Alpine Village encourages you to dress the part.
They recommend either “satirical” or traditional German garb, and promise that the beer will taste better if you bring a stein from which to guzzle it. Actually, they said to bring a “big stein,” but no glass or metal.
Don’t fret if you lack the stein or the clothes, there is a merchandise booth at the festival that will deck you out perfectly. You can buy boots, hats, the omnipresent Viking helmet, blonde wigs (some with light-up braids) and, of course, steins.
Oktoberfest hours are:
- Friday: 6:00 p.m. until midnight
- Saturday: 5:00 p.m. until midnight
- Sunday: 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The festival runs until October 26 and you can buy your tickets online here. Alpine Village is at 833 W. Torrance Blvd. in Torrance. Use 90502 if you’ll be Googling for directions.
If you want to really celebrate and not have to worry about driving home, there’s a Holiday Inn close by – go ahead, make a weekend of it!