The Chico Bavarian Band and the Internationals provide live music for the duration of the event. Also including Deutscher Musikverein of San Francisco.


Traditional Bavarian dancing is provided by the Nature Friends Schuhplattler and takes place every couple of hours.

Come for three or four hours and you're sure to catch all of the music and dance performances.

Grand Opening
Friday, September 22 | 5pm - Midnight

Saturday, September 23
Session 1: 11am – 5pm | Session 2: 6pm - Midnight

German Day 2017
Sunday, September 24 | 11am – 6pm


There is ample parking across the street from Pier 48 at the Imperial Parking lot. If you're taking public transportation, the Muni Metro and Caltrain are a short walk away.

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1. Why two completely separate sessions on Saturday?

Happily, demand has outstripped supply and, for the time being, this is the best way to provide access and an all-around better experience (shorter lines, more seating, etc.). So, we'll clear the building at 5pm and start over at 6pm with a whole new group of festival goers. Pick the session that works best for you! We anticipate selling out both Saturday sessions.


2. What do I do if tickets are sold out?

Regrettably, tickets will not be available at the door once online tickets are sold out. If tickets are available online, they will also be available at the door


3. What do you get for admission?

The cost of admission includes entry and entertainment. The admission price is used to cover the cost of event production.


4. Are dogs allowed?

No. Pier 48 will not allow dogs.


5. Come early and buy your tickets online to avoid lines.


6. We have plenty of metered parking but encourage public transportation.


7. Can Tokens be sold back.



8. Get in the spirit of Oktoberfest. Wear Trachten!

Trachten is traditional Bavarian clothing.


9. What do things cost inside?

Food/Dessert varies $3- $12 from pretzels to dinner plates.  Beer/Wine $6.


10. Can I have my Birthday / Anniversary / Engagement party at the Fest?

Absolutely! Give us a call and we can put something together.


11. When should I get there to see the big band/dancers?

The bands switch off and the dancers are on every couple of hours. If you can stay for three or four hours you’ll be in good shape.


12. Are there in/out privileges?



14. Do we take credit cards?

No. ATMs are available onsite.


15. Are backpacks allowed?



16. Can I bring my kids?

We encourage bringing children on Sunday. Children are not allowed on Friday and Saturday nights. Children 12 and under are free and 13-18 are $5.


History of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in September?

Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.

It began with the Royal Wedding on 12 October 1810.

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were renamed Theresienwiese ("Theres'a Fields") to honor the Crown Princess, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to "Wiesn". Horse races in the presence of the royal family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in subsequest years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest continues in 1811.

In 1811, an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse races, which were the oldest - and at one time - the most popular event of the festival are no longer held today. But the Agricultural Show is still held every three years during the Oktoberfest on the southern part of the festival grounds.

More and more things to see and do.

In the first few decades, the choices of amusements were sparse. In 1818, the first carousel and two swings were set up. Vistitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands, which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by the enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries. The remainder of the festival site was taken up by a fun-fair. The range of carousels offered was already increasing rapidly in the 1870's as the fairground trade continued to grow and develope in Germany.

Today, the Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 20th century.

At the foot of the Bavaria Statue, adjacent to the Huge Oktoberfest grounds there are also carousels, roller coasters and all the spectacular fun for the enjoyment and excitement of visitors of all ages.

The festivities are accompanied by a program of events, including the Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Costume and Riflemen's Procession, and a concert involving all the brass bands represented at the "Wiesn".

German immigrants have had an important part in shaping the history and lanscape of San Francisco and the Bay Area.  Learn more at any of the many historical exhibits at the festival!



2017 marks the 128th Anniversary of German Day in San Francisco, another glorious milestone in our colorful history!

From the very beginning, the U.G.A.S.'s mission has been to organize and promote German cultural events all over the Bay Area.

Allgemeiner Deutscher | Frauen-Hilfsverein | Monika Deutsche, Pres. | 415-391-9947

Arbeiter Bildungsverein | Inge Stottmeister, Pres. | 415-386-3885

Concordia Sport Club | Hans Merten, Pres. | 650-344-8213

Damenchor Liederkranz | Lotte Haferkamp, Vice Pres. | 415-282-6412

Deutsche Schule | Marin County | 415-897-9771

Deutsche Schule | San Francisco | 415-586-9884

Deutscher Club Santa Rosa | Hildegard Evans, Pres. | 707-527-9884

 Deutscher Musikverein (Blaskapelle) | Dr. Richard P. West, Pres. | 415-474-7644

Freundschaft Liederkranz | Alfred Silbermann, Pres. | 415-479-8083

German-American Society of Marin | Wolfgang Hirdt, Pres. | 415-924-5530

Germania Verein San Jose | Ute Nelson 408-241-2926

Harmonie Singing Society Belmont | Annemarie Kroger | 650-591-0525

Petaluma Lodge #26, O.D.H.S | Reinhold Grillmeyer, Pres. | 415-897-9467

Redwood Empire | Snger Chor | Rudolf Stock 707-665-9933

San Francisco | Schwaben Verein | M. Bock | 650-952-8269

Schwbischer Frauen Verein | Toni Bock, Pres. | 650-952-8269


Oktoberfest By The Bay is produced by American Showplace Productions in association with the United German-American Societies of San Francisco and Vicinity.

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