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.
La Mesa Oktoberfest
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!
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!
More info: http://www.rotaryoktoberfest.org/
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!
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.
- 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!
- 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:-)