Sacramento Turn Verein - Bockbierfest 2023

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Sacramento Turn Verein - Bockbierfest 2023

Sacramento Turn Verein Bockbierfest is back! 53rd Annual Bockbierfest Saturday April 15th, 3PM to midnight One day only

By Sacramento Turn Verein

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Saturday, April 15 · 3pm PDT


Sacramento Turn Verein 3349 J Street Sacramento, CA 95816

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

After a three year hiatus the Sacramento Turners will be hosting their 53rd Annual Bockbierfest

One day only! Saturday April 15th from 3 to midnight.

Spring starts in earnest with the annual celebration of the famous Bockbier coming to the Sacramento Turn Verein on Saturday, April 15th 2023. This traditional Bockbierfest will present authentic German Bockbier from Germany, great German music and a variety of German foods. Wonderful German dancing music will be provided by the local favorite bands, plus special performances of German traditional dances by the Alpentänzer Schuhplattler.

One day only! Bockbierfest doors will open at 3PM on Saturday with all activities available to enjoy until 11:00 p.m. German dance music will be provided in the Main Hall by The Gruber Family Band. Our Banquet Hall upstairs will feature great local band AKA-LIVE from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Turn Verein’s delicious Kaffeehaus will serve specialty desserts, the Alpenmeisters will provide musical entertainment in the outdoor Biergarten .

General admission is $20 for adults, children up to 12 years, $5.00.

German Food, Bockbier from Germany, Biergarten, Wine, Champagne, & Kaffeehaus

The Sacramento Turn Verein, founded in 1854, moved to its present location in 1925. Now recognized as the center of German culture in Sacramento, the Turn Verein, the oldest still-active institution in Sacramento, supports seven special-interest sections and hosts several monthly and annual events to foster German culture.  Additional information may be found on the Turn Verein website at


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes, we do serve alocholic beverages so we will veify all guests age. You will receive a wristband at the entrance when your ID is checked. We require all guests to wear a wristband. Those guests not of age or who do not wish to drink alcohol will receive a non-alcoholic wristband.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We are coordinating a parking lot nearby. Details to follow.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

By phone at (916)442-7360 or via email at  

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please, present your ticket at our VIP Admission. Printed paper or on your devise screen.

What is the refund policy?

Your ticket purchase can be canceled via Eventbrite up to the day before your ticket Admission date.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, we understand that one guest may purchase a group or block of tickets with their name on each ticket. We request that each guest have an individual ticket for Admission.


About the organizer

Where is the center for German traditions in Sacramento?

It’s right here at the Sacramento Turn Verein, where folks with German ancestry and people with an interest in German culture congregate – to socialize, to study German, to party, to exercise, and to carry on some old German traditions – like Oktoberfest, Erntedank­fest, Bockbierfest, Feuerzangenbowle, Maifest and other fun events

Many drive past this building at 3349 J Street, curious to know what those German words “Turn Verein” mean. Most are surprised to learn that “Turn Verein” means “Gymnastic Club.”

It all started in the early 1800s at a time when Europe’s many small German states were moving toward liberation and a unified German nation. Promoters of democratic reforms began training in vigorous physical exercise (referred to as “patriotic gymnastics”) as a means to­ward that end. Thus the Turn Verein movement grew – and spread to America, led by its many German immigrants.

The German nation was finally born in 1871. Our Sacramento Turn Verein, founded in 1854, is the oldest still- active institution in our big city. Welcome!

(Pronounce it – “TOORN-fair-ine”)

$5 – $40