Every year, old-world Germany visits small towns, and big cities, alike in a near-global celebration of Oktoberfest. Although each city may present their version of Oktoberfest slightly differently, Oktoberfest in downtown Brentwood, CA, hosted by the Downtown Brentwood Coalition, is an explosion of the tastes, sounds, and energy you do not want to miss.
What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest has its roots in 1810 Munich, Germany – designed as a 5-day celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The celebration was such a welcoming community celebration, that it was repeated, even more extravagantly the next year. From carousels and swings for children to themed beer tents, live music, horse races, dancing, and traditional dress. Today, Oktoberfest is seen as the world’s largest fair.
In modern-day, Oktoberfest is a 2-week celebration. Interestingly, it is also seen as a primarily agricultural celebration. Stories share that Octoberfest is a day to celebrate the bounty of the land and a day to reflect on the hard work of harvest that is done throughout the summer. The celebration recognizes the early marriage that kicked off the event but also gives recognition to the importance of harvest for beer makers throughout Germany. And on top of beer meeting stringent German requirements, spectators will find stein-hoisting, pretzels, lederhosen, polka music, singing, dancing, and traditional German fare.
Oktoberfest in Downtown Brentwood
Oktoberfest has been a part of the event landscape in downtown Brentwood for nearly a decade! Aligning with Oktoberfest in Munich, Brentwood also celebrates at the end of a rich summer harvest. The Downtown Brentwood Coalition brought the celebration to Brentwood years ago to invite the community to celebrate the great businesses, parks, and people of the city. Each year the event has grown – and this year is expected to be the largest Brentwood celebration to date!
If you attend the event, you can expect many of the traditional Oktoberfest festivities, including live German music, a stein-hoisting race, dancing, lederhosen, German brats and pretzels and a large sampling of beer for you to enjoy while exploring different vendors and activities in the historic downtown Brentwood corridor.
Prepare for Oktoberfest!
The DBC’s Oktoberfest is a free event that is family-friendly. It is held in the downtown City Park, which has a great place for children to play and for parents to enjoy live music in the park from under the shade of a tree. This year, the DBC is also introducing a V.I.P. experience, which includes drink tokens, a raffle ticket, beer or wine mug, access to private restrooms, a T-Shirt and a V.I.P. lanyard. To learn more about the event, visit the Downtown Brentwood Coalition’s event page.