Octoberfest which began in Germany in 1810 has since spread around the world and is modeled after the original event. This 16-day festival is usually held from the end of September to the first weekend in October. In Munich it all began after the wedding festivities of King Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen at Theresienwiese, a meadow near Munich’s center. The first event included horse racing and other amusements but this has expanded over the years.
Among the many cities around the world that now celebrate traditional Octoberfest, Huntington Beach in Orange County California has celebrated this tradition for 36 years. This year's 37th Octoberfest opens on Sept 14 at 2 p.m. in the Old World German Restaurant at the Old World VIllage, 7561 Center Avenue.
There will be bratwurst and sauerkraut, potato salad and hot pretzels; German music directly from Linzerbuben, Austria; German bands from Europe for dancing, and the best German beer – Hofbrau, Spaten, Dunkel, Bitburger and more. Along with this there will be games and face painting for the kids and the first Weiner race for this year’s Octoberfest.
Opening day admission is $10 per person, which includes a meal, a part of this goes to the “Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach” an organization that began in 1990 to help young people with disabilities.
Other festivities taking place during ‘Octoberfest’ is (a) Kinderfest Day which takes place every Sunday during Octoberfest and includes weiner races better known as Dachshund races, bounce house, carnival rides, and the chicken dance; (b) the Octoberfest Parade which is on Sept 17.
While Huntington Beach has the top Octoberfest in Orange County, many other cities also celebrate this event.