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45th Annual Oktoberfest at the Turner Hall
Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, 2012
On October 12 and 13, the Sacramento Turn Verein will hold its 45th Annual Oktoberfest at Turner Hall, a celebration patterned after the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich. The largest folk festival in the world has been a Bavarian tradition for 200 years.
Many Sacramentans have come to anticipate the Turn Verein’s Oktoberfest because they know they can enjoy traditional German music, food and drink that they can find only at this event. The Sacramento Turners host the best Oktoberfest in the Sacramento area.
The traditional German band Gruber Family Band will be featured in the Main Hall on both nights, with AKA LIVE the rock-& roll band upstairs in the Festhalle for the young at heart. The Alpentänzer Schuhplattler will perform colorful traditional German dances during the evening. Wandering accordionists can be found playing German folk music..
Friday evening doors open at 6:00 p.m. with food service and bar available, dancing from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m. The Turn Verein’s Kaffeehaus and outdoor Biergarten will be open throughout the evening, offering German food specialties. On Saturday the Oktoberfest will observe expanded hours by opening at 3:00 p.m. with all activities available to enjoy until 11:00 p.m.
Kegs of authentic Oktoberfest beer, shipped directly from Munich, will be available for all to enjoy.
General admission for adults is $20.00; children 6 to 12, $5.00; no charge for children under 6.
Note to the curious:
At the opening ceremony of the Munich Oktoberfest, the mayor of Munich traditionally deals three strong blows to tap the first keg, followed by the Bavarian shout, “O ‘zapft is’!” (It’s tapped!). With that the Oktoberfest officially begins. Sacramento’s Oktoberfest will be opened with a similar ceremony and a grand flag march. We’ve invited local dignitaries to perform the traditional keg-tapping ritual.
Sacramento Turn Verein
3349 J Street
Sacramento Turn Verein
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”)