Have an authentic Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Hans Nenn, of La Jolla, drinks beer from his 5 liter mug at Oktoberfest in El Cajon.
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Oktoberfest in El Cajon features traditional German food, beer, music, and entertainment Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6

It’s the time of year again for enjoying a cold beer, hot brats, cultural performances, and more ways to celebrate German culture during the annual El Cajon Oktoberfest. For two weekends, El Cajon will be filled with the sights, sounds, and scent of potato pancakes and pretzels, sauerkraut and red cabbage, traditional German pastries, beers on draft and wines, live music by Guggenbach-Buam from Germany and the Gordon Kohl Band, an opening parade and ceremonial tapping of the wooden keg, along with prizes, activities for kids and dancing.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday (and Oct. 4-6). German American Societies of San Diego, 1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon. $10 for adults Friday and Saturday, $5 Sunday; free for active duty military and guests under 21.