Placerville’s 9th Annual Oktoberfest is October 19, 2019


Bring the family and enjoy the food, beer, music and atmosphere of a traditional Oktoberfest.

The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17 with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved to September.

The Wiener Dog Races are a must see!

This race is a fan favorite and the centerpiece of Placerville's celebration of Oktoberfest.  Dozens of Dachsunds and their families enter to see who will win the title of fastest wiener dog in town.  You have to see the cuteness of this event yourself to appreciate the silliness.  

 Download the Weiner Dog Race application here.  

Beer is a big part of the celebration and we will have many great craft beers to enjoy.

Sign up early for the games and contests.

5:30pm - Stein Hold Contest (Women) ~ $15 (includes 16 ounce limited edition beer stein)

5:45pm - Stein Hold Contest (Men) ~ $15 (includes 16 ounce limited edition beer stein)

6:15pm - Chugging Contest (Women) ~ $15 (includes 16 ounce limited edition beer stein)

6:30pm - Chugging Contest (Men) ~ $15 (includes 16 ounce limited edition beer stein)

7:00pm - Yodeling Contest ~ $10

7:15pm - Das Boot Contest (Women) ~ $15 (includes limited edition das boot glass)

7:30pm - Das Boot Contest (Men) ~ $15 (includes limited edition das boot glass)


Several El Dorado County wineries will be represented at the Weingarten this year.

Our Oktoberfest also features a Weingarten that pours some of El Dorado County's finest wines.  We are looking for a Weingarten Sponsor so if you are interested, you can contact the Placerville Downtown Association at [email protected]  

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