Alpine Village, Los Angeles
If you are craving a little German culture, head south on the 110 freeway, past the 405, until you see Alpine Village on the West side...I think it is the Torrance Exit.
Anyway, it has German shops, a German deli and bakery, a small grocery area with German-style products...and it holds a pretty good Oktoberfest...for California.
It gets very sloppy as the night goes on, as patrons buy LOTS of beer. There is a German (really from Germany) om-pah band, sausages and pretzels, funny drinking games, the chicken dance, and lots of fun.
It costs about $5 to get in, and more info is at the website. It starts in mid-September through October.
Only less than a half hour drive from Los Angeles is the home to a small German Community called "Alpine Village". This is where Oktoberfest is celebrated in a wild and crazy party fashion every year.
We visited this little community this past sunday for shopping and some lunch. It is a great place to visit if you'd like to spend some time away from L.A for a day or even a half a day. There are restaurants serving German food, a supermarket selling mostly German but some other European products and a few smaller specialty stores such as needlework and glasswork or knight's material in that little square.
I would advise everyone to try the Knockwurst sausage at the restaurant/cafe next to the supermarket.. It is delicious and goes well with some pickled herring and some German Beer..
So if you've got a sunday to spare away from L.A or would like to be a part of Beer Drinking Oktoberfest, visit Alpine Village.
It is the Torrance exit off of freeway 110. Please refer to the website for more information on directions, shopping, food and etc....