Sactoberfest To Host Oktoberfest Celebration October 19th
(Sacramento, Calif.) - The Sacramento region's newest and most authentic Oktoberfest-style outdoor festival - "Sactoberfest" - kicks off Saturday, October 19. Bringing the famed premium German biers from the bier halls of Munich together with local craft brews and bites, more than 3,000 attendees are expected to revel in Bavarian merriment alongside West Sacramento's emerging Bridge District riverfront during the festivities.
"Sactoberfest will establish a new tradition for beer, entertainment, and fun right here in our backyard," said Rich Clakeley, CEO of event organizer Finrich Events. "Sacramentans have long enjoyed celebrating Oktoberfest. This event will stand out as the region's largest and most authentic celebration to date."
Sactoberfest promises all of the traditional elements of Germany's famed festival including the huge Munich-style Bier Hall tent with the regions only traditionally dressed beer maidens serving all the frivolity that Oktoberfest patrons across the world have come to enjoy. A sampling of Oktoberfest Mrzen-Oktoberfestbier beers Spatan, Paulaner, Hofbru Munchen, and Hacker-Pschorr, and German bier Erdinger, as well as local craft brews featured in the region's Farm-to-Fork Festival served in souvenir steins and German-style wines from Heringer Estate.
Unique to Sactoberfest's celebration, local breweries Sudwerk, Old Glory, Roseville Brewing Co., Track 7, New Helvetia, Lockdown and Two Rivers Cider are scheduled to compete for the only domestic "handle" inside the main bier garten at next year's Sactoberfest. Attendees will do judging, each will receive tasting tickets with entry, and each ticket will equal one vote.
Accompanying the traditional and craft beers, food vendors Low Brau, Sienna, and German Deli will offer mouth-watering varieties of Oktoberfest favorites: Bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels, strudel and much more.
Meanwhile, the event stage will host a continuous parade of entertainers including the world famous 21 piece Chico Bavarian Band, The Internationals, The Flying Dutchman and Alpine Horns as well as traditional Bavarian dance demonstrations by Schuhplattler Dancers. Friendly competitions including yodeling, stein holding, keg rolling, team relay races, beer pong, trivia, and American Oktoberfest favorite, chicken dance off will occur during the day. Attendees should come in their best dirndl and lederhosen for a chance to take home the best in show costume prizes. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.
General admission tickets are just $25 and include one 12-Litre beer and three 4 oz. tasting tickets for local brewers. For $40, premium admission tickets include one 1-Litre beer and six 4 oz. tasting tickets for local brewers. Or, opt for all-inclusive VIP admission tickets for $75 which include free parking, a 1-Litre glass Munich stein, unlimited beer, one 4 oz. tasting ticket to each local brewer, an authentic German meal, access to the VIP entrance, lounge, and private bathrooms and a souvenir photo. Additional beers may be purchased on site, 12-Litres are $6 and 1-Litres are only $9. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 and include water and soft drinks.
While bike valet and on-site parking will be available, attendees are encouraged to leave their cars at home, instead using alternative transportation. Uber is offering 25 percent off trips to and from the event and Sactown Hopper will provide free shuttle service to Sactoberfest ticket holders to and from the event 4:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. Visit www.sactown-hopper.com for a complete list of shuttle stops. Last Call Sacramento, a designated driver program, will also be on hand to drive attendees and their cars home for a fee. More information is available at www.lastcallsacramento.com.
Sactoberfest 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013 951 Garden Street, West Sacramento, CA 95691 Tickets: G/A $25, Premium $40, VIP $75