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Prost! For San Diego Oktoberfests

Most signs were written in German and English to make the atmosphere feel as authentic as possible.
El Cajon Oktoberfest. (Chadd Cady/Union-Tribune)
(Chadd Cady / San Diego Union-Tribune)

October is filled with Oktoberfests throughout the county in Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, Liberty Station, Carlsbad and Ocean Beach.

10.1: 22nd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest

Sink your teeth into authentic German fare and throw back a bevy of brews at the “Keepin’ It Local” Craft Beer Garden during Encinitas’ traditional European event bringing Bavarian dancing, traditional tunes and a street faire featuring 200-plus artisans.

Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas,

9.29-10.1: 44th Annual La Mesa Oktoberfest

Hold on to your Lederhosen as La Mesa’s long-running German festival returns with more merchants, entertainers and beer than ever before, plus a new craft-spirit garden serving sips of cocktails against a live soundtrack of traditional German music.

La Mesa Village, La Mesa,


9.29-10.1; 10.6-8: El Cajon Oktoberfest

Treat your taste buds to authentic German fare, beer and booze during two fun-filled weekends, while a band from the fatherland plays polkas, waltzes and tons of traditional drinking tunes.

1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon,

9.29-10.8: CRAFToberfest

Enjoy 10 days of Deutschland delights and a German tap takeover as Bottlecraft and more than 30 of the Public Market’s other artisan vendors serve Oktoberfest-influenced sips, apps and entrees.

Liberty Public Market, Liberty Station,


10.7: Carlsbad Oktoberfest

Don your finest German attire as North County’s longest-running Oktoberfest returns for another year of yodeling, costume contests, music, meals and more.

Holiday Park, Carlsbad,

10.6-7: OB Oktoberfest

OB’s signature fall event brings Bavaria to the beach with live music, a biergarten, costume contests and other challenges, including a balloon blow, a sausage toss, and a butt-based “Booty Flip.”

Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach,


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