Your Ultimate Guide to Oktoberfest in San Diego

Oktoberfest in San Diego

Oktoberfest is one of the most celebrated events all over the world, famous for its authentic German feast, craft beers, music, and dancing. Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 to what was then a celebration to commemorate the Royal Wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Today, Oktoberfest is an annual 16 day festival (running from the end of September to the beginning of October) held in Munich, Germany. Many cities across the globe have been hosting their own versions of this German celebration for decades and San Diego is no exception. Here are 9 Oktoberfest in San Diego that you don’t want to miss:

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Encinitas Oktoberfest

Date: September 21
Time: 10am-6pm
Place: Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
Oktoberfest in San Diego
The 19th annual Encinitas Oktoberfest brings together over 200 vendors, beer, German food, and live entertainment. The event kicks off with a ceremonial parade followed by authentic German food and beers from national and local breweries. Hear the music of The Bluebirds, a German-American Band, as you stroll through the family fun zone that has games, crafts, arts, and more. Free admission.

Hotel Del Oktoberfest

Date: September 26, 27, 28
Time: 12pm-7pm
Place: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
Experience a Bavarian style beer garden on the Sundeck of Hotel Del. Sample authentic cuisine including bratwurst and sauerkraut, Munich-style pretzels, schnitzel and more. Wash your food down with select specialty beers from breweries like Karl Strauss and Paulaner. Live music by The Broken Stems will also be played daily for guests. Admission to the Hotel Del Oktoberfest is free.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Date: September 26, 27, 28
October 3,4,5
Time: Friday- 4pm-10pm
Saturday- 12pm-10pm
Sunday-12pm-9pm
Place: 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Oktoberfest in San Diego
Oktoberfest in El Cajon is so popular that they’ve split it into two weekends. Come indulge on authentic German food like bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pretzels, and a variety of German pastries. Make sure you don’t leave without sampling some German beers and liquors. Dance and sing to the Guggenbach-Buam coming all the way from Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany. Entrance is free for those 21 and under and for active military. For adults 21 and over the entrance fee is $5.

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Date: October 3, 4, 5
Time: Friday & Saturday- 11am-11pm
Sunday- 12pm-5pm
Place: Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942

The La Mesa Oktoberfest has been a popular annual event for 41 years. What was once a small street fair is now a 3-day festival with over 250 vendors and over 200,000 attendees. Great food, children’s activities, entertainment, German Brats, and cold beers can be found here. Admission to the La Mesa Oktoberfest is free.

Carlsbad Oktoberfest

Date: October 4
Time: 12pm-10pm
Place: Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Oktoberfest in San Diego
The traditional Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest is another event that provides fun for the entire family. Not only can guests indulge in craft and domestic beers from local breweries but they can also satisfy their appetite with authentic German food. Kids and adults can enjoy music, arts & crafts, games, rides, and so much more. All the money raised at this event supports sponsored charities and helps build the Carlsbad community. Admission to the event is free. Meal and concession tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest in Ramona

Date: October 4
Time: 1pm-10pm
Place: 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
The 10th annual Oktoberfest in Ramona is fun for the whole family. This years event has a kid zone, coloring contest, pumpkin patch, games, food vendors, a classic car show, and live music by Kalifornia Krauts. There will also be a Lager Beer Garden featuring local San Diego breweries and wineries. Parking is free and there is $10 admission except for children 10 and under and active military.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Date: October 10 and 11
Time: Friday- 4pm-10pm
Saturday- 10am-10pm
Place: Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Oktoberfest in San Diego
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is back and they are celebrating their 10th year! Come be apart of all the music, contests, beer, and fun that lcoals have grown to love. Partake in the 3rd annual 5K Brat Trot for $35. The entry fee includes tickets for two free beers for those over 21 and an entry into a raffle. Enjoy all the authentic German Foods or grab a beer in one of their Beer Gardens. Admission to Oktoberfest is free, Beer Garden entrances are $3.

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St. Elizabeth’s Annual Oktoberfest in Julian

Date: October 11 and 12
Time: 10am-4pm
Place: 2033 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
If you happen to be in Julian on the 11th or 12th of October, stop by this quaint Oktoberfest celebration. Guests can enjoy Bratwurst, beer, oom-pah music, and traditional German and Australian style dancing. The event takes place in the Rabobank parking lot on Main Street and is more of an intimate Oktoberfest celebration.

Parktoberfest

Date: October 11
Time: 11am-10pm
Place: 3030 Grape Street, San Diego, 92102

Save the date for the South Park Parktoberfest! If you are 21 and over check out the oktoberfest style beer garden featuring beers from local breweries like Stone, Ballast Point, and more. The event is serving up some delicious food including traditional Bavarian sausages, pretzels, and German potato salad. Enjoy live music from Papa Oom Pah Pah, Lexington Field, Brick Top Blaggers, Quel Bordel, and School of Rock. A family friendly section is available including a kids carnival, carnival acts, face painting, and more. This years Parktoberfest has something for the whole family to enjoy! The celebration will be held in the Gala Foods Parking lot and admission to the event is free.

Which San Diego Oktoberfest is your favorite? Share with us in a comment below!

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Shelby Haffey is the newest member at the Blue Book and recent graduate from Cal State University, Northridge with a degree in English-- Creative Writing. In her spare time she enjoys writing, hiking, traveling, and most importantly exploring San Diego. Follow her articles to catch up on all things La Jolla.
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