Santa Clarita Oktoberfest – Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I purchase tickets?Tickets may be purchased online at www.SantaClaritaOktoberfest.comWhat is the Oktoberfest?

The Santa Clarita Oktoberfest is our tribute to the original Oktoberfest held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The original festival is a 16-day festival with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. A variety of German and German-style beers will be poured in our Crystal Palace Flemish Spiegeltent, adding to the authentic ambiance. German foods, music, and games will complete your Munich-in-the-Santa Clarita Valley experience.

Where is the festival located?

The festival is located in Santa Clarita, 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Just like last year, the festival will take place behind Santa Clarita’s very own Wolf Creek Brewery within Mann BioMed Park. As always, Goose On The Loose Productions will construct a village square that will recall the ambiance of a typical old world street fest, with an authentic vintage Belgian Spiegeltent as the center of attention.

What is a Spiegeltent?

Around 1900, Spiegeltents (a/k/a mirror tents) were built in Belgium to be used as traveling dance halls. The numerous mirrors (a/k/a spiegels) in the interior of the tent, made it possible to make discreet eye contact with other visitors. The mirror tents were the environment of night owls, heartbreakers and dream chasers. Spiegeltents were legendary and are a symbol of the wild fin-de-siecle nightlife. Today, very few of these unique tents have survived the test of time. “Cristal Palace”, the Spiegeltent that will be featured during our event, has been a monumental attraction in Germany, Belgium ,and The Netherlands, since 1947. The russet-colored ambiance of mahogany and the sparkles from the faceted mirrors provide the visitors with a taste of genuine nostalgia. Goose On The Loose Productions is proud to bring this exclusive environment for the first time ever to Southern California. We would like to express a special thank you to the Klessens family, the 4th generation Belgian Spiegeltent builders, and West Coast Spiegeltents to make this happen.

Can I rent the Spiegeltent for private/corporate events when it is “dark”?

Yes, certain dates are still available for daytime or nighttime activities. Please send an email to thebelgiansarecoming@gmail.com with your inquiry.

This is a “Goose” event, and there will be no wine?

Yes and no. As always, we will offer a small, but exclusive variety of fine wines.

Is there a minimum age requirement to attend the festival?

All guests to the Santa Clarita Oktoberfest must be 21 years of age or over. ID’s will be checked at the door. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

What is the cost of admission?

The cost of general admission is $40.00, and $75.00 for VIP Admission if purchased online and in advance. For a limited time, use promotional code “drinkingbuddies” and receive 2-for-1 General Admission Tickets when purchased online. A limited amount of tickets may or may not be sold at the gate.   Remember to purchase your tickets early. 

What is included with the general admission?

General festival admission includes admission into the festival event and your first beer (500ml). Tickets will be sold at $8.00 per ticket for drink refills. Steins/glasses are “on loan”, and need to be returned upon departing the festival grounds. Complimentary bottled waters will be available throughout the festival grounds.

What is a Premium Private Seating Booth in the Spiegeltent? What is the cost to reserve one?

The Spiegeltent will have 10 Premium Private Booths available for reservation, each one giving up to 6 guests the ultimate seating experience. Premium Seating Booths will be reserved all night for guests who pay a Premium Seating Booth reservation fee of $199.00. This upgrade is available to both General Admission and VIP ticket holders.

What is included with the VIP admission?

VIP festival tickets include admission into the festival event and three VIP beer/wine tokens. VIP’s also enjoy a separate registration line, access to the VIP seating area with dedicated bar, table service and the exclusive VIP After Lounge.   VIP tickets are limited and are available for both festival days. Additional drink tokens will be sold at $8.00 each. Steins are “on loan”, and need to be returned upon departing the festival grounds. Complimentary bottled waters will be available throughout the festival grounds.

Can I bring my own stein?

If you have one, you are more than welcome to bring your own stein, as long as it is empty when you enter, and it is empty when you leave. A single ticket will fill one half liter stein. Different size steins will require the appropriate amount of beer tickets.

Will there be food for sale at the festival?

Yes, a variety of typical German beer food will be made available for purchase through a limited selection of food vendors.

Will designated driver tickets be available?

Designated driver tickets are available at $10.00 and may be purchased at the door. A special wristband will be issued identifying designated drivers. Designated drivers receive complimentary bottled water available throughout the festival grounds.

Can more than one guest use a festival pass?

Guests will be issued a wristband at the entrance of the festival. Wristbands issued are non-transferable and may only be used by one guest.

What are the festival hours?

– Friday, October 21st – Gates open at 7:00pm and festival grounds will be vacated at 11:00pm. All guests are invited to begin the check-in process at 6:00pm, however festival do not open until 7:00pm. VIP guests are invited to stay in the VIP After Lounge for an extra hour from 11:00pm to midnight.

– Saturday, October 22nd – Gates open at 6:00pm for both General and VIP admission.  General Admission guests will be vacated at 10:00pm. VIP guests are invited to stay in the VIP After Lounge for an extra hour from 10:00pm to 11:00pm. All guests are invited to begin the check-in process at 5:00pm, however festival gates do not open until 6:00pm

Can tickets be ordered in advance?

Yes, attendance will be limited and events are expected to sell out. To ensure ticket availability, advance purchase is strongly suggested.

Where can I park?

There is ample parking around the festival area.

Is handicap parking available?

Handicap parking is available. Please make sure that all appropriate handicap permits are properly displayed.

Which breweries and wineries will be participating?

Check this website frequently for the most up-to-date list of participating breweries and wineries.

Does the festival benefit a non-profit?

Yes, part of the proceeds benefit the Repertory East Playhouse, a non-profit theatre in Old Town Newhall.

Are there other things I should see and do over that weekend?

Explore the Santa Clarita Valley – a community rich in history and local tradition, with all the amenities of a small town. Savor fine dining, or enjoy a nighttime stroll down the tree-lined streets of the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Visit the City’s website or www.santaclaritaguide.com for more information.

What accommodations are available in Santa Clarita and nearby communities?

The Santa Clarita Valley offers a wonderful mix of quality accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment, in addition to the charm of a small town. Click www.visitsantaclarita.com for more information.

I can’t attend the event, but I’ve already purchased my ticket.  What can I do?

We recognize that things come up and we can empathize with your situation.  With that said however, there will be NO REFUNDS, NO EXCHANGES, and ALL SALES ARE FINAL.  A lot of people and effort has gone into planning this event.  You are welcome to invite a friend to utilize your ticket.  If that’s the case, simply email us at thebelgiansarecoming@gmail.com so we can update the names of attendees.  

How can my business become involved with the Santa Clarita Oktoberfest?

If your company or organization would like to become a festival sponsor, or vendor, contact Peter Goossens at 661-678-0556 for more information. You can also send an email to thebelgiansarecoming@gmail.com