Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest returns to Camp Richardson this weekend |

Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest returns to Camp Richardson this weekend

Sebastian Foltz
A group of Camp Richardson staff raises their beer mugs to "prost" for a picture. This year's Oktoberfest will once again feature a number of German-inspired American beers, as well as wine and hard ciders.
Courtesy / Camp Richardson |


WHAT: OktoberFest

WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Camp Richardson

COST: Free to attend


Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, sunny skies and the delectable sounds of sizzling bratwurst; it’s outdoor beer drinking weather. With the bulk of summer tourist traffic gone and winter still a few months away, it’s time to kick back and enjoy fall — German-style.

Camp Richardson will host its 21st annual Oktoberfest Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4. Considered one of the Sierra Nevada’s largest and most authentic Oktoberfests — lack of Weiner Shnitzel pork chops not withstanding — the event will offer traditional fare with California flair.

“I think it’s a perfect property for something like this,” Camp Richardson events manager Vanessa Santora said. “We love it. It’s a good community event. Everyone needs a lot of fun after a long crazy summer.”

Food offerings will include other German favorites, like sauerkraut, whole turkey legs, four kinds of bratwurst and traditional German desserts. Saint Archer Brewery out of San Diego, California, will supply their own IPA-infused bratwurst along with their beer on tap.

As with any true Oktoberfest, music is just as important as the food and beer. This year the “Gruber Family Band” will once again take the stage to delight attendees and fill Camp Richardson’s woods with the festive sounds of traditional German polka — with dancing strongly encouraged.

And of course, no Oktoberfest would be complete without the beer.

“You’ve never seen so many kegs. I promise you,” Santora said of their offerings. “We try to have some Oktoberfest-friendly beers.”

In addition to Saint Archer, the wine and beer garden will feature a host of German-inspired American beer, hard ciders and wine.

The event is family friendly with a host of craft booths from Tahoe Basin companies, face painting, dancing, yodeling and eating contests, and souvenir beer steins.

Guests are also encouraged to dress up in their best Bavarian Alpine gear.

The festival will run both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers expect between 3,000 and 5,000 guests each day. Attendees are encouraged to find alternate means of transportation, both for safety and to help with parking limitations. The resort will be offering a free bike valet this year. Anyone who rides a bike will be eligible for a take-out ice cream at Camp Richardson’s Ice Cream Parlor.

More event information is available at


The American Legion Post 795, located on 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., will also host an Oktoberfest dinner, Sunday, Oct. 4. The event will feature live music from “Cash Only Band” and a traditional German meal. The dinner is open to the public. It will open at 2 p.m. with dinner served around 4 p.m.

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