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Vegan Oktoberfest Santa Monica
Vegan Oktoberfest Santa Monica

10 Alternative Oktoberfest Celebrations Around Los Angeles

Looking for something different in the way of Oktoberfest than the traditional drunken revelry? Here's a list of some alternatives this Fall.

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Vegan Oktoberfest Santa Monica

There are soon to be countless lederhosen-heavy Oktoberfest parties around Los Angeles, as the city begins a sweeping three week beer and sausage celebration in honor of the German holiday. But that doesn't mean you need to hoist the same steins and sing the same drinking songs as everyone else -- there are plenty of great alternative Oktoberfest celebrations out there.

The largest, of course, is Santa Monica's upcoming Vegan Oktoberfest on October 4, taking place right on the beach. But it's also possible to cheer on daschund races at Santa Anita Park, party with the cops in downtown L.A. and engage in an accordian-backed dance-off in Orange County. Most still feature beer, sausage, pretzels and a bit of German flair, but all are decidedly more unique than the usual stein-hoisting going on everywhere else.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Doma Kitchen

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420 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-7298
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This post-Oktoberfest Oktoberfest is all about curing your inevitable hangover, with a self-styled Breakfast of Champions that includes more bratwurst, potatoes, eggs and a Belgian waffle.

2. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500
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No lederhosen here, just a $15 beer, fries and bratwurst burger deal (on pretzel bun, naturally) that runs for the next few weeks. Be advised, they only make 15 of the specials a night.

3. Santa Monica Beach

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2600 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Just because you're eschewing meat doesn't mean you can't have Oktoberfest fun. This event, right on the beach on October 4, caters to plant-loving partiers that don't want to skimp out on the beer and fun. Get tickets, which run $45 to start, right here.

4. Downtown Burbank

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145 S San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 569-5240
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Yes, it is possible to party in downtown Burbank. At least on October 18, where $45 nets you access to food and 60 different craft beers from local breweries.

5. Santa Anita Park

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285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 574-7223
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The popular infield party at Santa Anita Racetrack goes down September 27, and includes beer from Saint Archer, Angel City and Ballast point, plus hot dogs from Dog Haus, a concert and, awesomely, dachshund races.

6. The Hermosillo

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5125 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6459
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The Hermosillo / Highland Park Brewery team will be pouring Noble Ale Works, Craftsman and Eagle Rock Brewery beers on September 27, alongside housemade sausages from Spencer Bezaire.

7. Bar One: a craft beer bar

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12518 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(818) 505-3870
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North Hollywood’s craft-beer-only bar is putting on an Oktoberfest Beer Olympics on October 11, complete with pub games, a full stein of beer and 10 extra 5oz. pours for $30.

8. John Muir High School

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1905 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 396-5600
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This family-friendly cookout on September 27 doesn’t allow drinking, but you can eat well for $40 thanks to bread from Red Bread, on-site sausage grilling and even more food from the Mexicali Taco folks.

9. PPOA Oktoberfest

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550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080
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Party with the cops (on November 1, no less) at The Standard Downtown, where $35 nets you five drink tickets and a t-shirt. Money goes to benefit the Star & Shield Foundation.

10. Orange County Marketplace

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Yes, you can party like an Oktoberfest VIP inside the 6th Annual Orange County Accordian Festival on September 28 at the O.C. Marketplace. $25 tickets get you some Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer, plus giant pretzels, sausage and on-site parking.

1. Doma Kitchen

420 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

This post-Oktoberfest Oktoberfest is all about curing your inevitable hangover, with a self-styled Breakfast of Champions that includes more bratwurst, potatoes, eggs and a Belgian waffle.

420 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

2. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

No lederhosen here, just a $15 beer, fries and bratwurst burger deal (on pretzel bun, naturally) that runs for the next few weeks. Be advised, they only make 15 of the specials a night.

351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3. Santa Monica Beach

2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Just because you're eschewing meat doesn't mean you can't have Oktoberfest fun. This event, right on the beach on October 4, caters to plant-loving partiers that don't want to skimp out on the beer and fun. Get tickets, which run $45 to start, right here.

2600 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405

4. Downtown Burbank

145 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

Yes, it is possible to party in downtown Burbank. At least on October 18, where $45 nets you access to food and 60 different craft beers from local breweries.

145 S San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

5. Santa Anita Park

285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

The popular infield party at Santa Anita Racetrack goes down September 27, and includes beer from Saint Archer, Angel City and Ballast point, plus hot dogs from Dog Haus, a concert and, awesomely, dachshund races.

285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007

6. The Hermosillo

5125 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

The Hermosillo / Highland Park Brewery team will be pouring Noble Ale Works, Craftsman and Eagle Rock Brewery beers on September 27, alongside housemade sausages from Spencer Bezaire.

5125 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

7. Bar One: a craft beer bar

12518 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607

North Hollywood’s craft-beer-only bar is putting on an Oktoberfest Beer Olympics on October 11, complete with pub games, a full stein of beer and 10 extra 5oz. pours for $30.

12518 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91607

8. John Muir High School

1905 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

This family-friendly cookout on September 27 doesn’t allow drinking, but you can eat well for $40 thanks to bread from Red Bread, on-site sausage grilling and even more food from the Mexicali Taco folks.

1905 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

9. PPOA Oktoberfest

550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Party with the cops (on November 1, no less) at The Standard Downtown, where $35 nets you five drink tickets and a t-shirt. Money goes to benefit the Star & Shield Foundation.

550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

10. Orange County Marketplace

Orange County, CA

Yes, you can party like an Oktoberfest VIP inside the 6th Annual Orange County Accordian Festival on September 28 at the O.C. Marketplace. $25 tickets get you some Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer, plus giant pretzels, sausage and on-site parking.

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