Where to celebrate Oktoberfest (part one)

There are so many Oktoberfests in San Diego, we need two lists to capture them all. Here’s the first.


Beethoven? Close, but no bratwurst. “All Quite on the Western Front”? Nope. Lederhosen? Let’s hope not.

Hands down — steins down? — Germany’s foremost contribution to world culture is Oktoberfest. It’s so popular in San Diego, we need two Brewery Rowe columns to note all the local O’fest bashes. Part Two is scheduled for Oct. 3.

Part One is here:

Sept. 15: Souvenir steins go on sale for $30 at Eppig North Park, 3052 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, noon to 7 p.m. Owners can buy discounted beers through the rest of 2019.

Sept. 20: Rocktober Lager will be served with summer seafood boil at Rock Bottom La Jolla, 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 6 p.m. Tickets, $45.99, are available at

Sept. 21: Stein holding competitions and other Teutonic entertainments, noon and 6 p.m., Home Brewing, 2911 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 2, San Diego.

Sept. 21: Family-friendly party launches three-week Oktoberfest celebrations at Societe, 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, noon to 10 p.m.

Sept. 21: Parktoberfest begins its nine-day run at North Park Beer, 3038 University Ave., San Diego. Parktoberfest beer release, stein holding competitions, German fare and more.

Sept. 21: Pure Project will sell its 2019 souvenir stein, $15, or $20 with a liter of selected beers. Noon to 8 p.m. at 9030 Kenamar Drive, Suite 308, San Diego.

Sept. 27-29: German music, food, games and beer hosted by the German American Societies of San Diego, 1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon. Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 29.

Sept. 28: German-style beers and German food at Coronado’s tasting room, 1205 Knoxville St., San Diego, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sept. 28: O’fest-themed food and beer pairing, 1 to 3 p.m. at Societe, 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Tickets, $18 plus handling, can be bought at