To do This Weekend: Oktoberfest and Halloween Pre-Funk

It’s official. It’s Fall, capital F, even here in L.A., where it never really becomes winter, just some weird hybrid of Fall and Spring. It’s a bit nippy (you know, 68 degrees), and the city is kicking into gear providing us with Stuff To Do. As it’s October, it’s right about the time when we all starting drinking beer and thinking about Halloween. Perfect timing then, for Oktoberfest and Dragstrip66.

While there is an Oktoberfest LA (apparently the first of its kind here), that one is already sold out. You can try your luck there, or you can head to Alpine Village’s Oktoberfest, which looks more authentically ultra-German.

This Oktoberfest is the largest and longest-running (it started September 12 and goes till October 25). They really don’t mess around. The beer drinking in the garden commences at 6:30, Friday and Saturday and at noon on Sunday, or you can start around 11:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Alpine Inn. The website also promises cow milking and chicken dance.

Cow milking sounds scary but Dragstrip66 is a different kind of scary. Paul V of Bootie fame also helms this Halloweeny party which is a nod to the dead and beautiful idols of the days of yore. The theme is “All About the Evil Dead,” so get out your best Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Abe Lincoln outfits. While it’s a little early to get your costume on, you can look at it this way: you can either wear your costume twice, or try out two different looks. There will be performances by Gina Lotriman (Dragstrip 66 creator), John “Connie” Cantwell of the Nellie Olesons, and the amazing Jer Ber Jones.

Extra bonus: The party has been going on for sixteen years, which might qualify it as the oldest running nightlife event in the country. Seriously.

Saturday at 9, The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd..

Email tips romano@blackbookmag.com

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