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Your guide to San Diego’s Oktoberfest’s

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Just because summer is officially over, doesn’t mean we can’t continue to celebrate and party. Fall has arrived which means Oktoberfest has made its way back to San Diego.

Oktoberfest originated in Germany in the early 1800’s as a way to celebrate the country’s royal family. Today, Oktoberfest is just another opportunity to eat, drink, and dance all month long.

With giant steins, barrels of beer, doughy pretzels and of course lederhosen, San Diego is giving everyone the opportunity to join in on German festivities. So get ready to oom-pah-pah, chow down on German bratwurst and chug down steins of lager, and join in on all of San Diego’s Oktoberfest’s.

La Mesa Oktoberfest – Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016

Bringing in over 100,000 attendees annually, the La Mesa Oktoberfest is one of the largest Oktoberfest’s in San Diego. Celebrating 43 years of drinking, family friendly activities, games, and German food, La Mesa Oktoberfest is one you won’t want to miss.

La Mesa Oktoberfest takes up nearly six blocks in the La Mesa Village and is looked forward to by San Diegans every year.



Oktoberfest in El Cajon – Sep. 30 – Oct. 9, 2016

Oktoberfest in El Cajon features delicious food such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato pancakes and pretzels. There is also a variety of German beers and liquors as well as soft drinks for the whole family to enjoy.

El Cajon puts on one heck of a celebration with traditional German bands, featuring songs like the chicken dance, polkas and infamous beer drinkin’ tunes. With everything from folk dancing performances to a kid’s zone, Oktoberfest in El Cajon is known to be one of San Diego favorites.

Carlsbad Oktoberfest – Oct. 1, 2016

For the beer lovin’ polka dancing folks who live further north, you won’t want to miss out on the Carlsbad Oktoberfest. Featuring musicians like Faith Page, Bluebirds, and DJ Efraim Nunez, you are able to dance the day away.

Not only will there be ice cold beer, but the event will also feature a pumpkin patch with pumpkin decorating, jumpy houses and other German surprises. For one day only, put on your lederhosen, grab a beer and decorate pumpkins at the Carlsbad Oktoberfest.


Oktoberfest’s are taking place all over San Diego all month long. You can find the nearest Oktoberfest to you here.

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