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Oktoberfest in San Diego - Prost!

Oktoberfest in San Diego California

With the weekend making its way closer to us with each new day, you might suddenly be struck with the question of where to go for Oktoberfest in San Diego

America’s Finest City is a melting pot of cultures and this city knows how to have a good party for each culture’s various holidays. Since it’s October, you can look forward to Oktoberfest celebrations all over San Diego county. So dust off your lederhosen and chomp into a Schweinebraten this October in San Diego!

Depending on the particular event, the Oktoberfest celebration may be family friendly or better for adults who are of drinking age. Check before you bring your kids! The family friendly Oktoberfest events are great occasions for sharing a fun and festive day with your kids in everyone's favorite city.

Bring your appetite with you for the feast of German food, spotlighting traditional favorites from the European country. Oktoberfest attendees who are 21 and older can also enjoy beers, and all attendees can check out the live San Diego entertainment.

La Mesa Oktoberfest

  • Get ready for the La Mesa Oktoberfest which is set to bring tons of fun to San Diego from Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7. Listen to ear candy as you explore over ten blocks of live music.
  • With over 300 booths, you can expect to enjoy some pretty great window (and actual) shopping at La Mesa Oktoberfest. Chow down on bratwurst and other German food. When you want to drink, you can visit the two beer gardens. 
  • Your little ones will have tons of fun at the kid’s carnival, designed with their enjoyment in mind.
  • The best part of all? La Mesa Oktoberfest is free!

Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest

Head to the Holiday Park in Carlsbad between 12pm and 10pm on October 12th and 13th

  • Your hunger will be no more when you eat a traditional German dinner and finish your meal with a warm apple strudel for dessert. Of course, it wouldn't be Oktoberfest without endless amounts of beer and you’ll have plenty of the delicious beverage here.
  • Enjoy onstage entertainment between 2pm and 10pm. The music begins with a performance by the Palomar Pacific Coast Concert Band, followed by international artist Faith Page and later, The Bluebirds German Band. You’ll also get to hear The Last Call Classic Rock Band at this Oktoberfest in San Diego.
  • The kids will love it here! They can get face painting and animal balloons, bounce around the inflatable jump and even see the Carlsbad antique fire engine. The magician will have your little ones oohing and aahing. Make sure to head to the pumpkin patch so your kids can participate in the children’s pumpkin decorating contest.

St. Elizabeth’s Annual October Fest

Bring your family to the historic mountain village of Julian on Saturday, October 13 or Sunday, October 14. Head to the Rabobank parking lot in Julian for all the fun! Get your fill of bratwurst for a tasty German meal, and top it off with plenty of beer for your drink. While you’re enjoying your food, you can listen to oompah music and see dancers performing in time to the music (or some just flailing depending on the number of beers they've had).

OB Oktoberfest

Happening Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, Ocean Beach Oktoberfest promises to be a lively occasion for you and your friends! This event is only $3.

Friday, October 12

  • On Friday, check out the live music extravaganza that is the Battle of the Bands Contest. Featuring San Diego’s hottest tribute/cover bands, this band slam will be fun to watch while you’re enjoying your delicious Oktoberfest beers.
  • Between 5pm and 6:31pm, 91x is sponsoring a 91 minute Happy Hour with two-for-one drinks.
  • If you've got blonde hair, you’re in luck! The Beer Garden Blonde’a’thon invites you to show up with blonde braids or a blonde wig to get yourself free beer garden entry. Not only that, your blonde hair will also get you three entries into the Blonde’a’thon raffle.

Saturday, October 13

  • On Saturday, live musical performances will keep attendees entertained for hours. Performers include The B-Side Players, Mike Pinto, The Devastators, Blackout Party, The Electric Waste Band and Jet West.
  • See Mr. & Ms. Oktoberfest at this fun German festival in San Diego!

And There You Have It

You've got options for where to go celebrate Oktoberfest in San Diego. If you have kids, you and your family can have lots of fun checking out Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest - they are especially geared toward childrens’ activities. San Diegans love the historic mountain village of Julian, and this charming place is also having an Oktoberfest that’s worth the drive. One of the most popular Oktoberfests is the one in La Mesa, so go eat bratwurst, drink beer and be merry!

Among things to do in San Diego, checking out Oktoberfest events during the month of October is particularly fun. Wherever you decide to celebrate Oktoberfest, one thing is for sure - San Diego is a great place for celebrating and drinking the days away! Prost!