La Mesa Oktoberfest
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About the event
Since 1973, La Mesa Oktoberfest has been attracting over 100,000 people from across San Diego and Southern California for three FREE days of elevated family-friendly entertainment, tons of top-notch German food, live music, and of course, beer! The Munich-inspired festivities will be kicking off on Friday, October 2nd, Saturday October 3rd, and Sunday, October 4th, as the quaint streets of La Mesa Village sets the scene for the largest German celebration San Diego has to offer!
Grab your steins and get ready to "Prost!” (Cheers!), because there’s a libation to satisfy the taste of every Mann or Frau at this year’s Oktoberfest! Top of a perfect day soaking in the La Mesa sun with 3 fully loaded biergartens featuring non-stop performances by local and regional bands for revelers young and old alike with German Polka bands, indie rock jams, brass musicians and more! Biergartens include:
- The Hofbrauhaus Biergarten serving up traditional German beers and delicious cocktails with a modern twist. Immerse yourself in the Munich-mood with brat eating contests, musical chairs, yodeling contest and more!
- Love yourself some craft cocktails? Craft Beer & Spirit Garden will be serving up creative cocktails that will make you break out your best chicken dance! Challenge your friends to a giant board game duel and boogie to our DJ beats at this traditional German biergarten with a local, laid-back Cali vibe!
- Dine and relax at the Palm Avenue Bier Hall, a full service sit-down biergarten located under a large, shaded tent. Here you will be transported straight to Germany as Lederhosen-dressed waitresses deliver your favorite grub and full pints right to your table!
Gather up your brute and brawn for the Glucklich Games and battle it out in a series of ferocious games! Race down the street through a mini obstacle course while holding full steins at the Beer Stein Races. Face off to see who can roll their beer barrel the fastest from one end of the course to the other with the Beer Barrel Roll. Team up and grab each end of the keg, run around the cone, and then come back and pass it off to the next two players on your team with the Keg Haul Relay Race. Throw your partner over your shoulders and race through the custom course with the Partner Carrying Race. Prove which team is the strongest with a suspenseful game of Tug-O-War!
After you have competed in the Glucklich Games, head over to Oktoberfest’s Craft Faire! The Craft Faire will feature artisanal vendors offering unique and hand-made items! Stop by to support local crafters as they showcase their small batch goodies and unique designs.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a weekend filled with family-friendly activities at the German Kinder Karneval, featuring a towering Ferris wheel, rock-climbing wall, massive inflatable slides, interactive art, brat-eating competitions, scavenger hunts, & MORE! Pets are welcome! Bring your furry friend to our 3-day Dackeldorf extravaganza to participate in the wiener/dachshund dog race and fashion show to win exciting prizes! Upgrade your Oktoberfest experience with one of our Hofbrauhaus Biergarten VIP Passes ranging from $5 to $45 and include VIP entry, (2) biers, VIP restrooms, a chicken hat, flower garland or alpine hat, commemorative stein & more! Kids packages are also available for purchase and range from $5 to $25 and include VIP entry, (2) sodas or water, a chicken hat, flower garland or alpine hat and more!
Celebrating its 47th year, La Mesa Oktoberfest continues to top its traditions and present Bavarian festivities that San Diegans of all ages can partake in! La Mesa Oktoberfest is the perfect opportunity to create meaningful memories, enjoy the company of friends and family, and come together for an unbeatable FREE weekend in a German paradise in the heart of La Mesa. Hold on to your Lederhosen – 2020 is going to be one for the books!