Are you prepared for chicken dances, oom-pah, polka, pretzels, and Biergarten? As August ends, it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest 2022. Traditional festivals with a Bavarian flavor begin in September in the Inland Empire towns in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Smaller festivals (like the one in the Inland Empire) take place in all corners of the globe each year, the original, and perhaps arguably the best, is in Munich, the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria,
- Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest folk festivals. Held yearly in the Inland Empire, it celebrates German culture, music, and people.
Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration more than 200 years ago when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810. The wedding was celebrated with multiple days of drinking, feasting and horse races.Time Magazine
Oktoberfest 2022 Events this year!
Enjoy a day at an Oktoberfest festival in California in 2022. Despite fewer than 10% of the state’s population claiming German ancestry, the state has the most significant population, with over 5 million residents. More than 2 million more people live there than in Pennsylvania or Ohio, ranked second and third, respectively. So it should not be surprising that there are several locations in California where you may enjoy Oktoberfest. Whether you live in San Bernardino, Riverside, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego, a fantastic California Oktoberfest is not far away.
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Inland Empire Events
Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake, Big Bear, California, from September 10–November 5, 2022
Three more extensive beer gardens, live music, vendor booths, and children’s activities will all be present. There are other competitions for lugging beer steins, holding them, drinking beer, and cutting logs. Burgermeister Bucks are used to purchasing grub and booze. You may get a ride home from any place in the Big Bear Valley with the complimentary shuttle.
Oktoberfest in Beaumont, California, scheduled from September 16–18, 2022
Enjoy the annual Oktoberfest with live music, genuine cuisine, competitions, arts and crafts stands, Weiner dog races, a horse show, and a kids’ zone in Noble Creek Park.
Oktoberfest in Lake Arrowhead, California, from September 17 to October 29, 2022
Weekends are dedicated to celebrating Oktoberfest in this beautiful Alpine village with delicious cuisine and free entertainment. Games include beer chug, sausage toss, and stein holding, among others. You’ll enjoy German and European beers, pretzels, German sausage, and other foods. Also, chicken dance!
Oktoberfest Party in Thousand Palms on September 17, 2022
All-ages party all day with live music, Oktoberfest beers, and other festivities.
Oktoberfest in Hemet on October 1, 2022
Enjoy the fun, food, drink, petting zoo, artisan vendors, raffle prizes, and companionship this afternoon.
Annual Oktoberfest in Redlands on October 1-2, 2022
Craft beer competitions, kid-friendly activities, a live polka band, and two days of craft beer.
Oktoberfest in Pomona on October 7-22, 2022
October Fridays & Saturdays with live bands, genuine German cuisine, chicken dances, games, and beer, of course!
Oktoberfest in Wildomar on October 15, 2022
This one doesn’t have a Bavarian motif but includes a beer garden, live music, a wildlife park, and food trucks.
Oktoberfest in Cahuilla Casino Hotel on October 29, 2022
Enjoy a beer garden, live music, bratwurst, beers on draft, games for the adults, and so much more!
Oktoberfest in Palm Desert on October 29, 2022
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Festival Events in the Inland Empire
Oktoberfest is a time to get together with loved ones, try new and exciting foods, learn about German culture, and enjoy live music. It’s also a time to drink beer and eat solid German food as the celebrations begin in the Inland Empire on September 16, 2022.