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San Diego Oktoberfest 2011

September 14, 2011

Here in San Diego, and probably in towns and cities across America, when we think of Oktoberfest we tend to think of big German beer-drinking festivals accented with German music, food, and the typical festival booths. This year, much like every other year,we expect thousands of folks to show up to the various Oktoberfest celebrations in San Diego and be German for a day or two.

We appreciate this fall tradition and can attest to the fun and frivolity that come with most of the Oktoberfests in San Diego. Of course, the real deal Oktoberfest started over 200 years ago in Germany. It is now recognized as the “Largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the World” – Wikipedia.

Here’s how San Diego will celebrate Oktoberfest in 2011:

Oktoberfest in San Diego

(Courtesy Photo) Oktoberfest San Diego

LA MESA OKTOBERFEST 2011 – September 30 – October 2

Many San Diegans think that the La Mesa Oktoberfest is THE only game in town because it brings people from all over the region via car, bus, and trolley. It doesn’t hurt that the City of La Mesa rolls out the barrels in order to spur tourism. Best of all, admission is free!

Friday, September 30th – 11:00 a.m. to 11: 00 p.m.

Saturday, October 1st – 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 2nd – Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Location: La Mesa Boulevard, Downtown La Mesa
*Please consider taking the San Diego Trolley. You can plan your trip here.


More information for La Mesa Oktoberfest

EL CAJON OKTOBERFEST 2011 – September 30 – October 2 & October 7-9

The German American Society of El Cajon always flies in a REAL oompah-pah band from Germany for both weekends of Oktoberfest. Some swear that El Cajon’s Oktoberfest is the most authentic of all the Oktoberfests in San Diego. Best of all, you have two weekends to take it all in. While small in area, they pack a lot of food, beer, and entertainment into their big party. Street parking is available if the parking lot is full.

TWO WEEKENDS: September 30th – October 2nd, & October 7th – 9th, 2011

Friday, September 30th – 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 1st – Noon to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 2nd – Noon to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 7th – 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 8th – Noon to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 9th – Noon to 9:00 p.m.

Admission: $5 for adults 21 and up. Free for military with ID.

Location: 1017 S Mollison Avenue, El Cajon

Directions: From San Diego take I-8 East, turn right on So. Mollison Ave., drive 1 ½ miles to clubhouse on left.

More information for Oktoberfest in El Cajon


The City of Carlsbad’s Oktoberfest is also very popular with the locals. This seaside city’s annual Oktoberfest celebration features live music, traditional German food and games at Holiday Park.

The event, which goes from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., is FREE but donations are welcome.

Location: Map

Location: Holiday Park is located between Tamarack Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive off the I-5 Freeway


No one can dispute that Ocean Beach does everything differently. If it isn’t the festival you’d enjoy, go out and watch the people. There’s always entertainment in Ocean Beach. They’ll have two stages with live music and the World Famous Sausage Toss.

October 7th – 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October 8th – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Newport Avenue at the beach

More information for Ocean Beach Oktoberfest)


The 4th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration comes to Temecula courtesy of the Mount Palomar Winery featuring yep, a German band, German music, food, beer, and fun.

October 8 & 9 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Location: 33820 Rancho California Road, Temecula

More contact information on Mt. Palomar Winery’s Oktoberfest


A favorite autumn ritual of San Diegans is to head for the hills of Julian to go take in a scenic drive and have some apple pie. Here’s another reason to go east to Julian – their Oktoberfest! If you’ve been itching to take a day trip and take advantage of some lovely fall weather then, by all means, please head out to this lovely mountain town.

October 8 & 9 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Rabobank Parking Lot, 2033 Main Street, Julian

2011 OCTOBER 9

Local breweries including Stone with live German music and traditional grub. Fun is free. Food $12-20 Beer will cost you, too.

October 9, 2011 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Location: Olivenhain Meeting Hall at 432 Rancho Santa Fe Road in Encinitas.


North Park enters the Oktoberfest festivities this year with their festival scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on October 22nd. The whole German scene will be held in the parking lot behind the Birch North Park Theatre. Be on the look out for the traditional stuff: German food, beer, music and the “Chicken Dance.”

Location: 2891 University Avenue


We are sorry to report that this year, Encinitas and Ramona will not be having their Oktoberfest celebrations.


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