Oktoberfest by Caltrain: A Quick Guide to Training to Oktoberfest

By Jeremy Lipps, @Digital_Lipps

OktoberfestMVOn any list of the world’s finest celebrations there must certainly be a slot reserved for Germany’s fall festival known as Oktoberfest. In fact, the first Oktoberfest held in Munich, Germany in 1810 to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese was so awesome that Germans have partied every year since.

Americans like to party, too. Out here in California we do a fine job of honoring the old Prince and Princess with celebrations from San Francisco to San Jose. Germany’s fine art of brewing will be on display at numerous festivals all along the Peninsula. Although our list is incomplete, we did put together a loving list of Caltrain-accessible Oktoberfests to keep your fall merry and safe.

Note: For pricing, note that event tickets are often separate from beer/glass prices. Check each event website for details.

SAN FRANCISCO

Oktoberfest by the Bay

Sept 25-27

Pier 48, San Francisco

http://www.oktoberfestbythebay.com/

Transit: Blocks from 4th and King Caltrain Station

Tix: $25 general, $75 VIP, $5 kids + service fee

SOUTH BAY

Campbell Oktoberfest

October 17-18

Campbell Ave between Third St & Railway Ave.

http://business.campbellchamber.net/events/details/oktoberfest-2977

Transit: San Jose Diridon to Light Rail #902, exit Downtown Campbell

Tix: Free

Mountain View Oktoberfest

October 3 – 4, 11am – 7pm

Corner of W. Dana St & Bryant St.

http://mvoktoberfest.com/

Transit: Two blocks from Mountain View Caltrain Station

Tix: $8 entry + stein fee ($15 liter or $10 ½ liter glass)

Oktoberfest at the Market

October 10, 12p-7:30p

Downtown San Jose, San Pedro Square Market

http://www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com/san-pedro-square-market-event-calendar

Transit: Bay Area Bike Share, VTA 68, or walk from San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station

Tix: $25 ½ liter, $30 liter, $70 VIP + small service fee

PENINSULA

Redwood City Oktoberfest

Sept 18-20

Courthouse Square

http://www.redwoodcity.org/events/Oktoberfest.html

Transit: Block from Redwood City Station

Tix: $18 ($10 kids)

Peninsula Oktoberfest

October 3, 11-4pm

Hiller Aviation Museum

http://www.hiller.org/oktoberfest_2015.shtml

Transit: SamTrans 261 (first stop past 101) from San Carlos Caltrain Station.

Tix: $12 (Museum admission) + glass + beer

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