The original “Oktoberfest” occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and by 1960, the Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival which is replicated the world over.
Campbell’s own Oktoberfest is held the third weekend in October and showcases authentic, mouthwatering German foods including Bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and German potato salad, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 fine artisans from all over the country and an impressive line-up of entertainment, including headliners The Internationals.
Oktoberfest is held in Historic Downtown Campbell.
To reserve an Arts & Crafts booth please contact California Artist at (650) 348-7699 or on their website.
Admission & Parking are Free. Please, NO PETS of any type allowed except Service Animals. THE CROWDS ARE TOO LARGE TO INSURE THE SAFETY OF YOUR PETS!
Once upon a time, long long ago in a far away land known as Bavaria, a Crown Prince – who later became King Ludwig I – married the beautiful Princess Therese von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen. The loyal soldiers in the Prince’s National Guard thought that the horse races would be a most fitting way to celebrate the happy event. King Max, proud father of the Prince, gave his consent to the races and so they became the finale of five days of wedding festivities on October 17, 1810. This was the unlikely beginning of Oktoberfest.
The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. It wasn’t until 1818, that booths, serving food and drink, were set up at the event. In the late 1800’s, the booths had grown into large beer halls or tents, which are still set up each year on the Theresienwiese named in honor of Ludwig’s bride.