A Family-Friendly OC Oktoberfest!

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My husband’s father (Siegfried!) is from Germany, his mother is from Switzerland and I have some German in me too through mother’s side, so a love of Oktoberfest runs in our family!

Those are my two little German girls pictured above. My youngest is wearing her aunt’s authentic dirndl from Germany which is over 40 years old!  I just LOVE it when I get to put one of them in this get up come October, which has now been passed down from big sister.

Over the years we have tested out many OC Oktoberfest celebrations and have found The Phoenix Club in Anaheim to be home of our very favorite family-friendly event. 

Whether you are German or not, this Oktoberfest is SO MUCH FUN, you will want to get your Chicken Dance on and shake your tail feathers like you are!

Open every weekend now through October 28th, every Sunday is family day opening at 11am.  On Sundays, they have a bounce haus for the kids and sometimes pony and horse rides too. There is also a large play structure adjacent to the huge Oktoberfest tent, which is awesome for the kiddos, and lots of vendors as well.

And then there is the traditional German fare…beers, brats, sauerkraut, gigantic pretzels, schnitzel, strudels and more…YUM!

My girls LOVE the pretzels that are almost bigger than their heads!

The live Ompapah Band starts up around 1pm. Get ready to raise your glass and sing along! The live entertainment starts off with performances of German folk dancers and other German traditions.

The girls loved sitting up close and watching the dancers.

Once the dancing starts up, a huge dressed up Chicken came on the floor to lead the Chicken Dance.  It was absolutely hysterical. I wish I had gotten a picture, but I was out there dancing myself without my camera!

I think it is so fun to do unique things with the family on the weekends and this is one of my favorite Orange County Fall events that I look forward to every year! In fact, we are going back with a group of friends in a couple of weekends!

Admission is $5.00/person for the month of October. Kids under 18 are always free.

Hint: Bring your own 6′ banquet type table cloth so you can stake out a good table as “home base.” No outside food/beverage permitted though.

The Karneval Club of the Phoenix Club will host Orange County’s first Costume Swap on Sunday, October 14th, 2012 from 12 – 4pm to trade your gently used costumes.

For every costume you bring, you will receive 50% off admission to Oktoberfest. Each attendee will also be entered into a drawing for prizes. All leftover costumes will be donated to Orangewood Children’s Foundation. For more information on Costume Swap day at Oktoberfest, visit www.anaheimkg.com.

1340 S. Sanderson Avenue ~ Anaheim, 92806

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