September 28, 2009 (El Cajon)--The German American Societies of San Diego, Inc., hosts its traditional Oktoberfest on the first two weekends of October at Okberfest in El Cajon. Visitors are invited to savor authentic German food such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German pastries and of course, a wide selection of German beers and liquors.
The Guggenbach-Buam band from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, garbed in traditional clothing, will perform a variety of German music, just as you would hear in the beer gardens in Bavaria. You can listen to their music at http://www.germanclubsandiego.org/oktoberfest.html.
Songs include the chicken dance, to polkas and waltzes, dance or sing along to Oom-pah tunes.
Guests can also enjoy traditional folk dancing performances, check out vendor and craft booths, treat children to their own Kids’ Zone, and compete in numerous contests--including a perennial favorite: the Chicken Hat contest on October 11.
Below is a schedule of events:
Oktoberfest (First Two Weekends in October)
Fri. Oct. 2 - 4:00pm-10:00pm
Sat. Oct. 3 - 12:00pm-10:00pm
- 4:00pm - Opening Parade and Ceremonial "Tapping of the Wooden Keg"
Sun. Oct. 4 - 12:00pm-9:00pm
Fri. Oct. 9 - 4:00pm-10:00pm
Sat. Oct. 10 - 12:00pm-10:00pm
- 4:00pm - Kinder Parade
Sun. Oct. 11 - 12:00pm-9:00pm - Chicken Hat Day
The event is open to the Public, Entry Fee: $5 for ages 21 and up; guests under 21 and all active military are admitted for free. All events take place at the German-American Club, 1017 S. Mollison in El Cajon. For more information, visit www.germanclubsandiego.org.