Last year, Sacramento was blessed with yet another incredible trademark festival. Sactoberfest’s success was inevitable, but the turnout transcended all foreshadowed expectations. This year should be no different. Sactoberfest’s event producer, Rich Clakeley, stated in a press release, “Building on the success of Sactoberfest last year, I’m excited to bring even more of the Oktoberfest traditions that will make this authentic celebration memorable for everyone… Rivaling some of the largest celebrations around the country, the addition of a full carnival, games, and the vastly expanded food and drink offerings only add to the authenticity and excitement.”

Oktoberfest, the inspiration for our renaissance occasion, began as a wedding celebration for Munich’s royalty in 1801. Today, the event has evolved into a sixteen-day extravaganza and attracts over six million people world-wide each year. Sactoberfest is in only its second year of production and it’s expected to draw over 8,500 guests; Not too bad, Sacramento. Not too bad at all. West Sacramento’s Bridge District will transform into its inspirited German platform from October 10 – 12, 2014, with the help and company of authentic Oktoberfest biers from Spaten, Erdinger, Hofbrau and Franzikaner, as well as local brews from Sudwerk, Yolo, Bike Dog and Jackrabbit, dirndl-dressed waitresses, traditional German foods catered by Frickle Brothers, Broderick Roadhouse, Ten22 and The German Deli, and a full carnival with rides and games! Come test your luck with corn-hole, beer pong, keg rolling, wurst tossing and stein holding. The event opens at 3 p.m. on the 10th, with the traditional tapping of the keg followed by live music and an eclectic parade. The festivities will continue until 10 p.m. on Friday, and continue again from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and conclude 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Grab single day tickets for $25 – $85 or three-day passes from $45 – $165 at Come dressed in your most authentic costume for a chance to win the Best Lederhosen or Dirndl Dress prize. Clakeley said it best, “Come October, a piece of Germany is coming to Northern California in Sactoberfest, and I can’t wait!”

-Brooke Dreyer