Montrose Kicks off 39th Annual Oktoberfest

Music, food, carnival rides, dog contests, and more at the festival


Kylie Shannon / Staff Photographer

Children play games with a variety of different prizes for the winner to choose from.

Kylie Shannon, Staff Writer

Every year, right around this time, the blocks of Honolulu Avenue in Montrose fill with food, beer, rides, games, face painting, yoga and much more. The traditional festival was hosted by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce and was held on Oct. 6.

With Halloween right around the corner, Montrose invited the community to a fall night out and encouraged people to grab some food, sip on German beer and have a good time. From yoga classes, to music, to face painting there was something for the whole family to enjoy. Not to mention, there was even a contest for your furry loved one, known as the Bavarian Dog Contest.

As far as food goes, there were dozens of restaurants and bars available open to the public. From the Black Cow Cafe to Zeke’s Smokehouse to Sushi Plus, there was an array of different food for everybody to enjoy. Stands sold different kinds of beer, turkey legs and hot dogs. In addition, the same supplier to Dodger Stadium and Knotts Berry Farm, Schreiner’s Fine Sausages in Montrose, also served traditional full meals, Bavarian style. They served Schreiner’s Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Potato Salad, and Rye Bread. Bon appetit!

The festival also featured live music, crowd sing-alongs, and even D’Oberland dancers. General admission remained free to the public, however VIP admission ranged from $45 to $71. Perks included three free drinks of your choice upon entry, a canopy covered tent, lounge couches, and convenient charging stations. A few drinks included with VIP admission came from the Henson Brewing Company, Babe Rose, and the Bavarian Pretzel, sponsored by The Elbow Room.

Similarly, another Oktoberfest will be held through Oct. 20 to Oct. 21 in Pershing Square, located south of Olive Street in Downtown Los Angeles. It will also be centered around a German theme and will require a $5 fee upon entrance. The event will include foods such as bratwursts, German Beer from Paulaner, and include music from Hazelnuss, a German native band.