14th Annual Lodi Oktoberfest - Saturday, Oct 26th

Lodi’s Largest Annual Oktoberfest Celebration


Saturday, October 26th – 4:30 to 10:00pm



Lodi’s longest continuing Oktoberfest has been hosted by the Lodi Tokay Rotary every year since 2006.

You’ll come for the beer and the German food and stay to enjoy the German band and join the Oktoberfest games. We pour American and German beers at Oktoberfest and cook up a storm of German-Dakota dishes such as chicken schnitzel, bratwurst, pickled red cabbage, sauerkraut, cheese buttons and hot German potato salad.

The Gruber Family Band plays a raucous mix of traditional German folk music and pop tunes. The highlight of their performance is a contest to see who can hold one big stein of beer at arm’s length the longest. Herren und Damen are all welcome to show us your stuff. The winners will receive an authentic German Beer Mug. If the crowd gets into it, there might even be a yodeling contest.

Lodi’s Rotary Clubs banded together thirteen years ago to revive Oktoberfest, which had been celebrated on and off for a number of years. We were celebrating Lodi’s German heritage and the 100th year anniversary of the founding of Lodi’s city government.

Now Oktoberfest is an annual tradition. And remember — you don’t have to be German to have fun at Oktoberfest.

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Add to My Calendar 2019-10-26 16:30:00 2019-10-26 22:00:00 America/Los_Angeles 14th Annual Lodi Oktoberfest 2019 The Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club presents the 14th Annual Lodi Oktoberfest 2019 at American Legion Hall in Lodi. American Legion Hall - 320 N. Washington Street Lodi, CA 95240 Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club choffman@lodi.gov


What do these tickets include?
  • Entrance into the American Legion Hall, fully decorated to celebrate the Oktoberfest.
  • The re-enactment of opening of the first beer keg and the official opening of the Lodi Oktoberfest by the Mayor of Lodi.
  • Enjoy the festive Oktoberfest music of the Gruber Family Band. Dance, sing-along, or just drink a traditional beer and listen to some great German music.
  • Feats of strength with German beer stein holding contest.
  • Access to the outside beer garden.
  • All Proceeds will be used to support community projects, along with American Legion.
  • Dinner Menu:
    • Smoked Bratwurst, grilled and simmered in beer or Chicken Schnitzel, hand breaded and served with a wine, butter, and caper sauce.
    • Hot German Potato salad with toasted breadcrumb topping.
    • Seasoned Sauerkraut
    • Fresh made sweet and sour red cabbage.
    • Lavern’s famous Cheese buttons with sour cream sauce.
    • Genova French rolls and butter
    • Dessert

Gruber Family Band

Oktoberfest Beer

History of Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities in the fields in front of the city gates. After such a spectacular party, the happy couple decided that that the same type of festival should be continued annually.

As the Oktoberfest continued through the years, party-goers were amply entertained by the tree climbing competitions, wheel barrow and sack races, mush eating contests, barrel rolling races, and goose chases. By 1870s, mechanical rides were an expanding feature of the festival and in 1908, the festival boasted Germany's first roller coaster. Makeshift beer stands began cropping up, and their number increased steadily until they were eventually replaced by beer halls in 1896. The beer halls, like the beer tents of today, were sponsored by the local breweries.

History of Oktoberfest Beer

Oktoberfest beer is of a variety called Märzen. Darker and stronger than traditional beer, Märzen contains up to 6% alcohol, is bottom-fermented, and is lagered for at least 30 days. Before the advent of modern refrigeration techniques, this type of beer was brewed in March (as its name suggests) and allowed to age through the summer, so that it was ready to drink by late summer or early fall. Like all German beer, the Oktoberfest beer is brewed according to strict German standards (called the Reinheitsgebot and in effect since 1516) that precisely define the four ingredients allowed in the brewing of beer: barley, hops, malt, and yeast.


Oktoberfest Doors Open

4:30 PM

Food Will Be Served

With Purchase of a Meal Ticket!

Cost is an extra $15.00 per meal.

Musical Entertainment

by The Gruber Family Band

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Re-enactment of the First Beer Keg Opening

by the Mayor of Lodi

5:45 PM

Feats of Strength Competition

German Beer Stein Holding Contest

Sometime During the Evening

German Dancing

Dancers will perform traditional style folk dance.

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Doors Close

10:00 PM


Questions Amount the Lodi Oktoberfest Celebration?
No, Pets, are not allowed (except for service animals.)
The event is rain or shine, no refunds!
Yes – Both inside and out (weather permitting).
Street parking is available.
No Refunds, No Exceptions!
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Lodi Oktoberfest
American Legion Hall
320 N. Washington Street
Lodi, CA 95240

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
4:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Tickets: $15 / Dinner: $30

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If you want to know more about the Lodi Oktoberfest, please contact either:

Craig Hoffman      PH: (209) 747-4077
JoEllen Flemmer   PH: (209) 484-8117


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