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Oktoberfest By The Bay | San Francisco's German Beer Festival
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Oktoberfest By The Bay | San Francisco's German Beer Festival

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Updated: 9 February 2017
It’s almost the end of September, which means the countdown to Oktoberfest by the Bay begins! For those of you who are unaware of what Oktoberfest is, it’s a festival originated in Munich, Germany that has been celebrated since 1810 with the consumption of alcohol. Don’t worry – you don’t need a flight to Munich to celebrate, because this jubilee is enjoyed worldwide. San Francisco is one of the top places to celebrate in the entire USA, and here’s why.
Oktoberfest By The Bay © Augie Schwer/Flickr
Oktoberfest By The Bay | © Augie Schwer/Flickr

Oktoberfest by the Bay is a non-stop party of live music, singing, dancing, and fine food and drinks. This year’s event is taking place on the weekend of September 25-27th at San Francisco’s Pier 48. Festivities begin with Fabulous Friday from 5 pm until midnight. Saturday consists of two different sessions with the day session running from 11 am to 5 pm, and the evening session occurring between 6 pm to midnight. Sunday is the 126th anniversary of German Day 2015 in San Francisco with a commemoration from 11 am to 6 pm.

Oktoberfest by the Bay is featuring musical performances by the Internationals and Deutscher Musikverein of San Francisco. Headlining the stage will be the world-renowned 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band. If you come for three or four hours, you are guaranteed to catch all the music and dance performances, including traditional Bavarian dancing by Nature Friends Schuhplattler.

Oktoberfest Music © Augie Schwer/Flickr
Oktoberfest Music

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased on Oktoberfest by the Bay’s website with their Eventbrite link available here. Tickets range from $25 for general admission to $75 with VIP tickets. Children are not allowed on Friday and Saturday nights, but are welcomed during the day session on Saturday and all day Sunday. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free and ages 13-18 are $5. Tickets will not be available at the door once online sales run out, so we recommend that you buy yours online. There are promotional codes for each day, so don’t miss out on discounted tickets, or our ticket giveaway on Facebook. Buy yours now before they all run out!

Here are our best tips for the event: There is ample parking across the street from Pier 48 at the Imperial Parking lot, and Muni Metro and Caltrain are only a short walk away. Come early to avoid all the crowds and long lines. There are no in-and-out privileges at this event, so only exit the grounds when you’re ready to leave for good. Food and dessert varies $3- $12 from pretzels to dinner plates, and beer and wine costs $6. Be sure to pull out cash beforehand since they will not be accepting credit cards. However, ATMs will be available on site. There are no backpacks or dog allowed, so be sure to only carry your wallets or purses and leave your canine friends at home.

Follow Oktoberfest by the Bay on Twitter and like them on Facebook to stay updated on event details. Get in the spirit of Oktoberfest and don’t miss out on tasty food, cold beer, and sizzling oompah music.

Oktoberfest Brews © Marc Nijdam/Flickr
Oktoberfest Brews | © Marc Nijdam/Flickr

By Brie Shimada

Brie Shimada, a Sacramento native, is currently studying communication studies at San Francisco State University. She can either be found capturing photos of the city, reading a good book at Blue Bottle, or shopping local at one of the many farmers’ markets in San Francisco.