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By Victor Carno
A slice of Germany is making its way to Dana Point for the annual Dana Point Oktoberfest presented by Spaten Munchen. Stop by Sea Terrace Park on Oct. 15 to celebrate authentic German festivities, beers and food. The opening ceremony and traditional tapping of the keg starts at noon, followed by a day of competitions such as the sausage toss, musical chairs and beer chugging. Classic German music and dance parties will be held throughout the duration of the event, which concludes at 7 p.m. when the ceremonial keg is tucked in for the night. An assortment of German beers will be served, including Spaten, Beck’s, Hefeweizen, Hoegaarden and Franziskaner. Admission is free and is open to all ages; you can even bring your hunde (dog). There will be ATMs inside the event and free parking and shuttles offered at Dana Hills High School.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, Club 19 at the Monarch Beach Golf Links will celebrate Oktoberfest with golf, German music, craft beer and Bavarian-style food. Golf begins at 12:30 p.m., and the festival begins at 5:30 p.m. Get it all for $245, or just go to the festival for $99.
The fourth annual San Clemente Oktoberfest will kick off on Oct. 22 at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park Fairgrounds. Festivities start at noon with competitions and games such as keg bowling, beer stein holding, das brat toss and a wiener dog costume contest. Local craft beers will be served for $10 and will include Pizza Port Brewing, Left Coast Brewing, Artifex, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Lost Wind and Legacy Brewing. Entertainment will begin with the Express Band, a classic Bavarian oompah band, and the night will close out with The Aggrolites, a reggae fusion band. Other performers include Tunnel Vision, Common Sense and Vinnie and the Hooligans. Several food trucks will be parked and serving food throughout the day. Tickets are $15 if you purchase before the event or $20 on the day of. The event is from noon to 9 p.m.