The Kid-Friendly Guide to Oktoberfest in SoCal


What is there for the kids to do at Oktoberfest? Believe it or not, this world-famous, brew-centric event is also a folk festival with fun activities and entertainment for families with children. You’ve just got to know when to go and what to look for… and for that, you have Kidsguide!



Anaheim – Oktoberfest

September 20 – October 27
Cost: $10 (Free for under 18)

Kid-Friendly Activities: The children’s playground and bounce house is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Plus, face painting, games, train rides, balloon artist, and pony rides on Sundays.


Big Bear Lake – Oktoberfest

September 7 – November 2
Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $11-26.99

Kid-Friendly Activities: Sundays are family days with half-price adult admission and free admission for children 12 and under.

Budenstrasse (Avenue of Booths) & Kinder Garten: The Budenstrasse features 20+ vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts, toys, collectibles and trinkets. Also, located in the outside area is the Kinder Garten featuring bounce house, Samson the Mechanical Bull, carnival game booths, a balloon artist, face painting and airbrushed tattoos!

Children’s Contests: Children’s contests are held every Sunday around 3 p.m. and include Boot Holding and Cup Spiel.

German Spooktacular Halloween Contest: A children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, October 27 (the final Sunday of Oktoberfest). Every child wins a participant’s prize and there are prizes for the top three best costumes.


Carlsbad – Oktoberfest & Family Fall Festival

Saturday, October 5

Kid-Friendly Activities: Besides the great food and music, there’s also activities for kids including Best Dressed German Junge & Mädchen (boy & girl) Contest, Yodeling Contest, Oktoberfestive inflatables, pumpkin patch, arts & crafts, face painting, caricature artist, fire engine and more!


Huntington Beach – Oktoberfest at Old World German Village

September 8 – November 3
Cost:$5-25 (Free on Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Kid-Friendly Activities: Sundays are Kinderfest (Family Days) and feature wiener dog races, live OOM-PA-PA bands from Germany, carnival games, bounce houses, costumed characters, live entertainment, dances and more.


Lake Arrowhead Village – Oktoberfest

September 14 – October 27
Cost: Free Admission

Kid-Friendly Activities: Kids musical chairs, team sausage toss, dance party, limbo contest, and visit the Mr. Peanut mobile on September 22!


Torrance – Alpine Village Oktoberfest

October 4-27
Cost: $10-20 (Free for kids 12 and under)

Kid-Friendly Activities: Sundays are family days where all ages can enjoy listening to bands from Germany, delicious food and drinks, face painting, crafts, game tables, chicken dances and yodeling contests. Also, be sure to take a stroll through Village shops for clothing, antiques, books and more.



There are so many Oktoberfest events happening throughout California. If you’re planning to visit one that’s further out, be sure to look for special Family Days and children’s activities!




This post was written by Kidsguide

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