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October 3rd, 2017

WILLKOMMEN TO OKTOBERFEST! 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE IN MARINA DEL REY AND BEYOND.

Marina del Rey Oktoberfest fans — are you ready for bier, brezeln, wurst, and crazy amounts of fun? If your answer is a hearty “JA!” then start your party planning. Because oh boy — there’s a ton going on this month for Oktoberfest.  We’re talking about festive cruises, major Oktoberfest parties and even a celebratory sailing regatta. So, start making those reservations, don your dirndls and lederhosen (for the parties, at least!), brush up on your Oktoberfest lingo (“PROST!”) and have an amazing Oktoberfest!

Eins, zwei, drei…let’s go!

1. SAVI PRODUCTION’S OKTOBERFEST CRUISE ON THE FANTASEA ONE

Dock 52 – 13509 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey

On October 7 at 8 pm, the FantaSea One will set sail for an epic three-hour Oktoberfest cruise filled with food, drinks and music. Book your reservation (just $69.95 per person) and enjoy all you can eat yummies, including gourmet sausage (aka: wurst), chicken wings, fish, garlic potatoes, pretzels and more. Two glasses of beer or wine, plus dessert are also included in the price. Head to the ship’s second level for great Oktoberfest music, or if you’re craving electronic and hip hop— the third level will be happening, as well! PS Make sure you arrive at the ship at least 30 minutes before it sets sail — no refunds will be accommodated if you miss the boat!

 

2. BREWS & BRATS OKTOBER COCKTAIL CRUISE

13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey

Hornblower Cruises is transforming their traditional Summer Sunset Cocktail Cruise into an extra special Brews & Brats Oktoberfest Cruise every Wednesday and Thursday throughout October. For just $37 per person (plus landing fees & taxes), the two-hour ride will offer gorgeous views (including a front-row seat to sailing races!), complimentary appetizers, and Oktoberfest-themed drinks and food for purchase (aka: beer, pretzel bites and bratwurst with fries).

 

3. OKTOBERFEST REGATTA OCTOBER 8

Speaking of sailboat races, SMWYC (Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club) is hosting their annual Oktoberfest Regatta on October 8, between 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Pack a brat and fries picnic (or grab carryout from Berlins on the Venice Boardwalk) and head out to a prime viewing spot like Burton Chace Park to watch the action!

 

4. WURSTKÜCHE OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION

625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice

Wurstküche in Venice is hosting a grand Bavarian celebration for the next two weekends, including this Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th. Entrance is $15, and once you’re in, you’ll enjoy music from the “sehr gut” (aka: awesome!) Munich Boom-Steiners, plenty of good German beer, yodeling and more. If you get hungry, you can indulge in some of the restaurant’s delectable food like their famed bratwurst, veggie sausages, or a klein of crisp fries. To make the most of the night, definitely pull out all of the costume stops! In other words, drindles, lederhosen and the like are encouraged. Big time.

 

5. ALPINE VILLAGE’S OKTOBERFEST IN TORRANCE

833 W Torrance Blvd., Torrance

If you’re craving an authentic Oktoberfest celebration (with a modern twist) — then you have to hit up Alpine Village in Torrance any weekend this month. Since we’re talking about a drive down to South Bay, make sure you either hire Uber or Lyft for a ride (or have a Designated Driver in tow) — because you’re chicken-dancing into major party territory. Not only is Alpine Village’s fest the oldest in all of SoCal (the first one happened back in 1968!) but it was also named one of the 10 Best in the U.S. by USA Today. First off, they fly in a 12-piece Oom Pah band straight from Germany. This is kind of the heart and soul of the party because they keep the energy sky-high and create an amazing atmosphere. Then there’s the beer — a mighty fine selection of Warsteiner beers to be exact, plus California’s own Ace cider, as well as wine and non-alcoholic drinks. But that’s far from the whole shebang — there’s also a fine food menu to keep your bellies full, with favorites like giant Bavarian pretzels, sausages, sauerkraut, German fried potatoes, two kinds of strudel and so much more.

Tickets are available for every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of October. Prices range from $25 for General Admission and $20 for Designated Driver Admission (aka: NO alcohol) to $75 for the Dine & Stein Front of Line Package. Helpful hint: Avoid front door lines and purchase tickets online!

 

That’s a lot of festivities to pack in the next few weekends — but we have faith you can do it! Are you in an Oktoberfest state of mind? Let us know how you’ll be celebrating.