Inland Empire Oktoberfest Guide
The Traditional September Celebration: Oktoberfest
The world’s largest and most famous annual beer festival kicks off this week in Munich, Germany. The 183rd Oktoberfest runs from Sept. 17-Oct. 3 and is expected to draw more than 6 million people over 16 days.
Originating in 1810, today’s Oktoberfest draws similarities to our local county fairs, with carnival rides, parades, food booths, contests, agriculture and entertainment – to go along with 14 separate beer tents. Beer in Germany is akin to a religion, and only beers brewed in Munich and conforming to the Renheitsgebot – or German Beer Purity Order – are allowed to be served at Oktoberfest.
While the original event remains the model for celebrations worldwide, Oktoberfest is quite a bit different in the United States. Aside from not holding to strict brewing standards, most of our events actually start in October. Some continue for several weeks, while others are smaller one- or two-day festivals. Most stick to some basic combination of Bavarian biers, food and oom-pah music. Here is a sampling of what’s happening around the Inland Empire and beyond. Drink responsibly, and be sure to tag us at #iegoodtimes.
46th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest – Big Bear Lake Convention Center, weekends through Oct. 29.
Photo Credit: @BigBearOktoberfest, Facebook
Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest – Lake Arrowhead Village, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 17-Oct. 23
27th Annual Beaumont Oktoberfest – Noble Creek Park, Beaumont, Sept. 23-25
Oktober Fiesta – Last Name Brewing, Upland, Sept. 24
Wick's Brewing Co Oktoberfest - Complete with weekly stein hoisting competitions, Sept. 26-Oct. 23
2nd Annual Upland Oktoberfest and Autumn Fair – Historic Downtown Upland, Oct. 1
Redlands Oktoberfest, Sylvan Park, Oct. 1
San Bernardino County Oktoberfest, San Antonio Winery, Ontario, Oct. 2
Fairplex Oktoberfest – Fairplex, Pomona, Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 7-28.
Photo Credit: Fairplex.com, Website
BierBuzz Oktoberfest – Loan Mart Field, Rancho Cucamonga, Oct 8
Refuge Brewery Oktoberfest - Games, beer, polka music with Devilicious Food Truck. 4-9 p.m.
Oktoberfest VIP Dinner – Slater’s 50/50, Rancho Cucamonga, Oct. 20
4th Annual Yucca Valley Oktoberfest – Hoffman Field, Yucca Valley, Oct. 22
Menifee Oktoberfest and Fall Festival – Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park, Menifee, Oct. 29
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