Cal Expo, in partnership with CBS Radio and Ovations Food Services, is hosting its second annual Oktoberfest celebration on the Cal Expo fairgrounds on Saturday, September 17, 2011.



Advance sale tickets to this event are now on sale (while the supply lasts) at all Dimple Records outlets. Tickets to this traditional celebration are $10. Designated Driver tickets will be available at the door for $5 the day of the event. Attendees must be 21 years of age and older.

Oktoberfest is an annual two-week festival in Munich, starting in late September and ending after the first week of October that’s been celebrated since the late 1800′s. Throughout history, other cities around the world joined in the celebration, and you’ll now find Oktoberfest events across the U.S. Over five million people attend Oktoberfest in Germany, making it the world’s largest fair.

Like our own state and county fairs, large quantities of beer, tons of chicken, pork, beef, and sausages are consumed, and people come from miles around to attend.

Oktoberfest officials announced the event will again feature Volkz Brau, a custom brewed ale made specifically for the Cal Expo Oktoberfest. In Germany, only beer brewed in Munich is allowed to be served at Oktoberfest, including Augustinerbräu -Hacker-Pschorr Bräu -Hofbräu -Löwenbräu -Paulanerbräu -Spatenbräu.

A variety of brews will be available for $5 each and, as an added incentive, all advance ticket holders will receive their first beer FREE. Attendees can expect to enjoy authentic German food, contests, games and live music provided by the Die Alpen Band. Those who enjoy dancing can follow along with the Golden Gate Bavarian Club of San Francisco.

And, don’t be surprised if you see some quirky traditions included in the festivities, like the Chicken Dance. This odd little number has become a huge tradition at Oktoberfest. The Crown Prince of Bavaria held the World’s Largest Chicken Dance with 48,000 people in 1994. The event was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

Ladies, pull those Drindl’s out of the closet, and guys, grab a hold of your lederhosen! It’s never required, but if you’re curious about experiencing a true Oktoberfest, you will want to dress accordingly. Ladies wear a dress, blouse and an apron, making Drindl outfit, and the fellas wear three-quarter length leather pants or shorts, cotton shirt, boots and a goat’s hair hat. Of course, you can’t forget the suspenders.

Guests should enter Cal Expo at the Main Gate at Exposition and Challenge Way. The outdoor event is scheduled to take place in The Promenade at the center of the fairgrounds and will begin at 2 pm and conclude at 7 pm.

Oktoberfest is a favorite fall activity in California – it’s a great way to celebrate the rich German culture and to be festive before the onset of winter. Plan to join us and enjoy some great beer!

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