Need a tip on where the hottest and coolest Oktoberfest celebration is this year … Santa Anita Park is your best bet by far!
On Saturday, Oct. 12, at “the great race place,” which boasts a spacious and plush infield heralded as a premier outdoor venue for everything from world-class concerts to festivals, Santa Anita Park and Dog Haus are hosting their first annual Oktoberfest extravaganza.
Leaving no stein empty, this Oktoberfest party has something for everyone. Ja, there will be beer, and lots of it. On tap are 28 German and craft beer breweries including Golden Road, New Belgium, Stone, Epic, Bootleggers, Speakeasy, and Angel City among others.
Want some authentic German fare to accentuate your beer; they have that as well courtesy of Santa Anita Chef Eric Maranowski, his specialty cuisine and German Pretzel purveyors. Dog Haus, Southern California’s destination for gourmet hot dogs and sausages, is bringing the Best of the Würst, serving Beer Brat Dogs, Sausages, and Tater Tots.
No Oktoberfest is complete without music, and Santa Anita Park’s festival has an artist lineup sure to please, including Bavarian Wunderband and The Spazmatics — plus a special appearance by Boogie Knights. Bavarian Wunderband, a six-piece combo performing authentic German oom-pah band favorites will have the crowd on their feet and flapping their wings to the “Chicken Dance.”
Pasadena personality extraordinaire and host Bryan Gallyot will work the stage, while Santa Anita’s own MC José Contreras will be on hand to assist people with racing terminology and betting booths while they are watching a giant live video feed of the races in real time.
For those that want to compete for more than most beers consumed, the festivities also include an official Corn Toss competition, Stein holding contest, and the always popular costume contest with categories including Child, Traditional Man and Woman, Sexiest Man and Woman, and New School.
Children will also enjoy the family friendly activity zone that includes a visit with SeaBiscuit, Pony Rides, Face Painting, a Bounce House, Photo Booth, and more!
Oktoberfest at Santa Anita takes place from Noon to 7 p.m. General admission to the infield is $5. Attendees dressed in German attire will have the general admission fee waived.
Special packages are also available.
The GA and VIP Oktoberfest Packages can be purchased online for only $25 and $50, respectively (valued at $50 and $100), at SantaAnita.com using promo code GERMAN. The $25 Package includes Admission, Racing Program, Tip Sheet, Souvenir Oktoberfest Stein, Two 12 oz. Complimentary Beers, and an authentic German Pretzel. VIP includes all this plus Eight-plus authentic German Beer Tastings in VIP area and food from Dog Haus.
First race post is at 1 p.m. For additional information, visit SantaAnita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.