Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

Maybe it's the fact that radio DJs refer to it as "Rocktober" or the idea that grown-up 9-to-5'ers will don wildly inappropriate getups on the 31st, but October never loses its childhood thrill. From Alpine Village's old-school Bavarian fest to amped-up shows at the Wiltern and electric events, find out what's going on throughout October in Los Angeles.

Updated: October 20, 2010

Rocktober Shows in LA

The Wiltern

3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

10/28: Let's ... do ... the ... time ... warp ... again! And this time, let's do it live ... for charity ... and add a costume ball. In honor of the 35th anniversary of the classic cross-dressing musical, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute" will feature the likes of Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jason Segel and Glee cast members Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele in starring roles. The show kicks off at 8pm and proceeds will benefit The Painted Turtle Camp, one of Paul Newman's "Hole in the Wall Gang" family of camps.

Shrine Expo Hall

700 W 32nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

10/30-10/31: HARD Haunted Mansion is entering its third year of hardcore-ness at the Shrine the weekend of All Hallow's Eve. Acts like Bloody Beetroots, Underworld, Boys Noize, Crookers, Rusko and Calvin Harris will be setting the night on fire. Are you HARD enough?

Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk

100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA 91608

10/27: Welcome to the world of the plastic beach. No, that's not the LA Board of Tourism's official new slogan, it's the first line from the Gorillaz' latest LP. And with the help of Pharrell and N.E.R.D., they're bringing that world to Universal CityWalk in late Rocktober. Grab a chair, a cold beer, sit back and enjoy the sonic waves.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

3911 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037

10/23: Electro-Halloween is here. Break out the glowsticks and the desire for sensory overload and get over to the 13th annual "Monster Massive Spooktacular" at the LA Coliseum. Performers will include Moby, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Feliz Da Housecat and Samantha Ronson, to name a few.

Bavarian Fests in LA

Alpine Village

833 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502

9/10-10/23: Holy lederhosen! The 43rd annual event at Torrance's authentic German restaurant claims to be SoCal's largest and oldest Oktoberfest. There are massive barrel-shaped kegs, stein-holding contests, and musicians working it out on their accordions. There will be a 32,000-square-foot tent, Bavarian brass oompah bands flown in from Germany and enough beer and eats to sate you through next year. Think of it as Munich through a suburban SoCal lens. (Until that makes your head hurt.)

Villains Tavern

1356 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

For those not making it to Munich, Villains Tavern will be offering five Oktoberfest beers on draft during the month of October including Victory Festbier, Paulaner Oktoberfest and Ayinger Oktoberfest. Even better, each brew will be available as a "Villains Mix and Match," a pint of beer paired with one of twenty liquor shots for just $10. Lederhosen optional.

Brats & Brews in LA


2506 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Celebrate Oktoberfest in a low-key, sustainable way at Eagle Rock's carnivorous, eco-conscious eatery. Mature revelers can dine on delicious German doner sandwiches out on the pleasant patio, secure in the knowledge that the packaging of their food is as enviro-efficient as possible.

Red Lion Tavern

2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

As any longtime Silver Lake resident will tell you: Dirndl-clad waitresses, Bavarian fare and live oompah music make every day Oktoberfest at this supremely popular bierhaus. The line outside now reflects this--something the aforementioned locals also groan about, until they booze it up inside.


800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The name alone should be enough to get you in the spirit, but Downtown LA's famed purveyor of exotic grilled sausages is a great stop for omnivorous Oktoberfesters. Don't believe it? There's everything from seafood and seitan to alligator and rattlesnake.

The Lab

3500 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Raise a stein! This hopping USC-adjacent gastropub is hosting its own Oktoberfest celebration now through October 4th with German beers for $6 and a German-themed menu with everything from knockwurst to schnitzel.