If eating hot-off-the-grill German-style bratwurst, brow-sing among hundreds of arts and craft booths, and oscillating on a dance floor in front of a live oom-pah-pah band sounds like a good time, then we’ve got a festival for you.
La Mesa’s 29th Annual Oktoberfest kicks off at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 4, with the Beergarden opening at 6:00 p.m. and runs through the weekend, ending on Sunday, October 6 at 6 p.m.
Patterned after the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest, La Mesa’s version is essentially a giant block party in the downtown village area. The streets of the Village are closed off to vehicles, and in their place, more than 350 booths are set up, selling an assortment of high-quality arts and crafts, commercial items and food. Admission to the general festival is free.
Sponsored jointly by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants’ Association, La Mesa’s Oktoberfest is one of the largest celebrations of its kind on the West Coast.
Because of very limited parking in the downtown La Mesa area, Oktoberfest organizers encourage the public to ride the San Diego Trolley’s East Line to the event. Riders should get off the trolley at the La Mesa Boulevard station, located at the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, which is right in the middle of the Oktoberfest activities.
The Oktoberfest dates and times are as follows:
Friday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 from noon to 6 p.m.