San Diego has perfect, summer-like weather all year round, but we still mark seasons on the calendar. Oktoberfests, full of German culture, food, and beer, are a great way to welcome in the autumn. Here's a look at five Oktoberfest celebrations happening around San Diego.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon
In El Cajon, Oktoberfest runs from September 30 through October 9. The entertainment comes direct from Germany, with a band in traditional clothes playing traditional music--including traditional drinking songs. There'll be some new drinking songs too, and either way, you'll enjoy German beers and food.
La Mesa Oktoberfest
This Oktoberfest is on the first weekend of October, running September 30 to October 2. It's the largest Oktoberfest in the west, with hundreds of exhibitors taking over the streets. There'll be a "tapping of the keg," and plenty to drink in the biergarten. Demonstrate your talents in the beer chugging, stein holding, or sausage toss contests!
Carlsbad hosts a one-day Oktoberfest on October 1. There's plenty of German beer, food, and music, plus a pumpkin patch to get you and your kids into the fall spirit.
Oktoberfest in Encinitas
Encinitas hosts Oktoberfest on October 2, with a German-American band providing the soundtrack. There'll be German dancing, too, plus German food and a beer garden featuring German and local craft brews. The family fun zone offers amusement for the kids.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
There's nothing traditional about having Oktoberfest at the beach, so the Ocean Beach festival on October 7 & 8 is an eclectic blend of activities. There's German music, food, and beer; a Ms. Oktoberfest bikini contest; and 2K and 5K runs.
The Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld is a great place to base yourself for going to any of these Oktoberfests. If you're still in a celebrating mood after you get back to the hotel, splash around in our pool or head out to our Bunz Burger Joint which offers a full local craft beer menu.