It’s that Time of the Year Again: Oktoberfest in Tahoe

Throw on your dirndl or latch on your lederhosen, grab your beer stein and come help us celebrate our favorite October tradition.

October is right around the corner and at Camp Richardson, that means one thing: Oktoberfest in Tahoe! Since 1994, we’ve been celebrating Oktoberfest like nowhere else in Lake Tahoe, and this year’s celebration will be bigger and better than ever.

A Bit of Oktoberfest History

The city of Munich, Germany, held the first Oktoberfest to celebrate the October 12, 1810, wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. As a way to include Munich’s citizens in their nuptial celebration, the royal couple graciously invited locals to attend various festivities held on grassy fields just outside the city. A series of raucous horse races closed out the event, laying the foundation for Oktoberfest celebrations throughout Germany for the past 200 years.

man and woman at Oktoberfest in Tahoe

Huge beers at Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest has changed dramatically since that first one in 1810, but Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest has everything that makes this annual worldwide folk festival the much-anticipated event it is today: a well-stocked beer and wine garden, an assortment of delicious foods and desserts, and the crowd-pleasing Gruber Family Band keeping toes tapping with lively polka music — plus it’s FREE to attend!  But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Live music at Oktoberfest in Tahoe

Live music by Gruber Family Band

What makes Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest special?

The wide variety of entertaining, family-friendly activities to choose from sets our two-day celebration apart from the rest. Sip from a souvenir beer mug and sink your teeth into a freshly cooked turkey leg or IPA beer-infused bratwurst created specifically for us. Thrill the kids with a trip to the face painting booth before heading to the bouncy house or bungee jump to burn off some energy.

Face painting at oktoberfest in tahoe

Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest is fun for the whole family

If it’s a contest you’re looking for, our Oktoberfest is the event for you. Itching to flaunt your authentic German outfit? Strut your stuff in our costume contest, which is open to dapper dogs as well (dogs are allowed on the resort just during the costume contest, and be sure to keep those fuzz-muzzles leashed at all times). Want to show off your incredible strength? Impress your family and friends with our stein holding contest. Have a hearty appetite? Tackle our most challenging Oktoberfest event: a bratwurst eating contest.

young people in traditional dress at oktoberfest in tahoe

Bring your friends to Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest

You can even get a jump on fall decorations with a stroll through our craft booths, many offering locally made products, or take a kid-pleasing stop at our famed pumpkin patch. As one employee who’s worked Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest for several years put it, “It’s without a doubt one of the most fun outdoor events in South Lake Tahoe.”

Held this year on October 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It’s a guarantee: Camp Richardson’s 22nd annual Oktoberfest celebration has something every member of the family will love!

Come join us for Oktoberfest in Tahoe! And don’t forget your dirndl and lederhosen!


  • marilyn says:

    how much are the vendor booths for crafts for the camp richardson oktoberfest? thank you Marilyn

    • Vanessa says:

      Hello Marilyn, Thank you for your comment. Please contact James at 530.543.3348. We have not determined the prices for this years event, but he is one of the managers who works with the vendors. He can give you more information. Have a great day.

  • What kind of costume contest is there at the Oktoberfest?

    • Camp Richardson Admin says:

      Hello Raymond,
      Thanks for reaching out and for considering participating in our costume contests! This year, we’ll have both pet and person contests. Simply dress your pet in any sort of Oktoberfest-themed outfit and do the same for yourself. Be creative!
      The costume contest schedule is as follows:

      Pet Costume Contest 3PM
      Costume Contest 4PM

      Pet Costume Contest 2PM
      Costume Contest 4PM

      Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions. Thank you, and we’ll see you there!
      The Camp Rich Team

  • James says:

    Hoping to see y’all soon, coming in from Texas! Just wondering… are there are N/A beers that end up at the fest? Got a guy coming with us who can’t drink alcohol, but loves N/A beers. Also it looks like we have a vegetarian in tow. Y’all ever have venders doing veggie brats or stuff like that?

    • Camp Richardson Admin says:

      Hi James!
      We’re so glad you and yours are visiting us all the way from Texas! I’m afraid we won’t have N/A beers at the fest. However, your friend is welcome to bring a small cooler with his/her favorite N/A brew, purchase a glass mug, and fill it that way. For your vegetarian friend, we’ll have hot apple cider at the pretzel tent and we’ll be serving salad, grilled corn on the cob, strudel, and brownies. Also, there will likely be a vendor or two with other packaged vegetarian food items. I’m sure everyone will have a great time. Please let us know if you have any other questions. We look forward to seeing you!
      The Camp Rich Team

  • Jessica says:

    Hello – what’s the parking situation like? Are there shuttles?

    • Camp Richardson Admin says:

      Hello Jessica!
      Thanks for reaching out for parking info. Get here early and you can park for free in Eagle’s Nest Campground. There will also be $10 paid parking along Jameson Beach road or near The Beacon. If you bike in and use our bike valet at Mountain Sports Center, you’ll get a free scoop from our ice cream parlor. 🙂

      A great way to keep up-to-date on events and details at Camp Rich and The Beacon is to sign up for our eblasts. We send them out monthly as a general rule, and we usually send an additional one during event months. You can sign up at this link:

      Thanks! We’re looking forward to seeing you this weekend!
      The Camp Rich Team

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