Prost to Oktoberfest in SD

We might not be in Munich, but San Diego has its fair share of beer-drinking and merrymaking festivals this Autumn. Check out this list of Oktoberfests going on around America’s Finest City. 

El Cajon Oktoberfest


When: Two weekends, October 2-4 & October 9-11,  Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday Noon-10pm, Sunday Noon-9pm

Where: 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020

What: The German American Societies of San Diego, Inc., hosts its traditional Oktoberfest including authentic German food, beers and spirits. Featuring the band, Guggenbach-Buam, from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Traditional folk dancing performances, numerous games and contests, vendor and craft booths, and a Kids’ Zone.

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La Mesa Oktoberfest

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When: Friday, October 2nd Noon-10 pm & Saturday, October 3rd Noon-10 pm

Where: Spring Street & La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942

What: 2-day festival with over 100 vendors offering goods and services to over 100,000 attendees. Great food, entertainment and of course, good old German brats and cold beer!

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Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest

When: Saturday, October 3rd Noon-10 pm

Where: Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

What: You have to check out the famed Chicken dance performances and enjoy some delicious German meals, pretzels, and ice cold beers! There will be fun for all ages including a pumpkin patch where children can decorate pumpkins, jumpy houses, and fun surprises.  Costume Contests!

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OB Oktoberfest


When: Friday, October 9th 4:20 pm-11 pm & Saturday, October 10th 9 am-10 pm

Where: Newport Avenue & Abbott Street, San Diego, CA 92107

What: Two days of action-packed entertainment including live music, an oceanfront beer garden, the annual Brat Trot Runs, contests, and cash prizes!

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University City Oktoberfest


When: Saturday, October 10th 2 pm-6 pm

Where: Standley Park 3585 Governor Dr, San Diego, CA 92122

What: Enjoy traditional Oktoberfest food, beer garden, music and fun games for all ages! Beer Garden and Home Brew Contest.

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Inside Scoop

  • The MTS Trolley has stops in La Mesa and El Cajon. It’s reliable, it’s cheap, and most importantly the drivers are sober!
    • La Mesa Oktoberfest: take the Orange Line to La Mesa Blvd (10 min walk to Fest).
    • El Cajon Oktoberfest: take the Orange Line to El Cajon Transit Center. There will be a shuttle to take you from the Transit Center to the Fest!
  • Most of the Fests have shuttles to and from parking lots near the event. Check out the individual websites for details.
  • Uber and Lyft are cheaper and more effective than a DUI!

MeetnGreet Tips

  • Make an invite on MeetnGreet so you don’t have to Prost alone. 
  • Find some of your Connections that look like good polka partners and drag their photos into the box to “Set up a MeetnGreet here.” You can also click on “Invite to MeetnGreet” under their picture (don’t worry clicking this button does not automatically invite them to anything).
  • Once you have the perfect group together, proceed to create your brat-eating, beer-drinking invite. 
  • Have fun and take pictures! Use #sdmeetngreet and @sdmeetngreet so we can see the fun you are having:-)


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