About Oaktoberfest

Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer & food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900’s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites.

Highlighting this years festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.

Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business & Professional Association, the Oaktoberfest event brings together elements of the district vision for a one day, everyone welcome, family-friendly craft beer festival.

Oaktoberfest is an event designed not only to celebrate the proud history of a shining district in Oakland, but also to raise funds for improvement projects, community development programs, and future events. The success of this festival relies on committed volunteers and the generosity of area residents and engaged businesses. Your support for this non-profit event will create positive change in the community.

  • Music
  • Food
  • Beer
  • Eco Fair and Kid’s Area
  • Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Alley

The Music

Traditional sounds of Munich will be performed on the streets, stages, and in the Biergarten. The main Oaktoberfest Stage will also feature modern sounds from renowned area artists.

Gather around the Family Stage to see acts highlighting local performers, and children’s entertainment.

Instrumentalists and dancers will keep the steins swinging with entertainment around the beer hall and throughout the event.

Visit our Entertainment Page for this year’s line-up.

The Food

German delicacies from Bratwurst to Strudel will be found next to other regional cuisines and street fare. Sample dishes from a host of vendors or fill your plate with your favorite. It’s dining in the Beer Hall!

The Beer

20 breweries from around the Bay Area will be pouring German styles and Craft Beer classics. Oakland’s own Linden Street Brewery, Oakland Brewing Company, Pacific Coast Brewing and nearby Drakes Brewing Company will be alongside breweries from Santa Cruz to Sonoma and San Francisco to Sacramento. The Beer Hall will also host local wineries offering excellent regional varieties.

Visit the Craft Beer Hall page for full details.

Eco Fair and Kid’s Area

The Eco Fair will ensure an engaging stroll through exhibits and information booths, drawing from a wealth of local non-profits, and corporate partners like Kaiser and Waste Management.

Interactive games, crafts, and displays will be featured in the Kid’s Area courtesy of Dimond Library, Oakland Parks and Rec, and Komodo Toys. Celebrate an active day with a stein of root beer and Dreyer’s ice cream from the Root Biergarten. Sit down and enjoy some children’s entertainment presented on the Family Stage.

Homebrew Competition & Homebrewers’ Alley

Homebrewers, fire up your kettle and excite some tasters, this years event will showcase a BJCP/AHA sanctioned all German style homebrew competition. Hosted by the Bay Area’s own Mad Zymurgists homebrew club.

German style homebrew competition by the Mad Zymurgists Club

Event details and entry forms are available through the German Style Homebrew Competition page.Brewing demos and tastes of homebrew bubble up from Hop Tech’s homebrew alley.

Video montage from Oaktoberfest 2009 courtesy of Tom Christopher

Oaktoberfest is a 501(c)iii non-profit fundraising event, donations go toward on-going community development efforts, Thanks to our Fiscal Sponsor Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation, Fed ID 94-2751052.

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