Los Angeles loves an excuse to drink outside, and Oktoberfest DTLA is a good one. It’s also an excuse to wear lederhosen in public, if that’s your thing (not judging). Inspired by Germany’s massive annual beer and music festival, the DTLA version is back for a second year with a two-day party in Pershing Square, Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, from noon to 8 p.m.
It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without German beer, bratwurst, and pretzels, but Oktoberfest DTLA also honors its L.A. location by including local breweries and food vendors. There’s live music both days, including Bavarian drinking songs from Hazelnuss-Das Music, who describe themselves as “Southern California’s premiere Oktoberfest party band” (probably a ton of competish for that title).
Oktoberfest DTLA is free to attend and open to the public, though you’ll have to show ID and get a wristband if you want to drink alcohol. Beer tasting packages range from $15 for 4 beer samples to $30 for 12 beer samples. (Each sample is 5 ounces.) VIP tickets ($65) include beer, sausage, potato pancakes, and access to a VIP lounge with table service.