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September 11, 2013 (La Mesa) - Soon the sounds of polka music, as well as rock and roll, will be heard throughout the downtown area of La Mesa, as the 40th Annual Oktoberfest kicks off October 4-6. Barbecues will be heating up for bratwurst and  kegs in the Chamber's "big beer garden" during downtown La Mesa's popular fall tradition.

Thousands of people come to La Mesa during this three-day event to enjoy German-style food, live music and vendor booths. The La Mesa Chamber hosts its "family-friendly" beer garden sponsored by Sycuan Casino, located on Allison Street between Pine and Palm Streets, where you can hear live music all weekend, enjoy games for the entire family and sit while eating "the best food this side of the Mississippi," says Chamber president Mary England.

The entertainment lineup for this year’s event includings a Germand brass band on a national tour and much more.   Full schedule:

Friday night, October 4th - THE IDEAS Rock and Roll Trio from 4:00-5:30 p.m. followed by the ever-popular Cartune Dogs playing classic rock from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

aturday, October 5th  - the Rockenhausen German Brass Band that is touring parts of the United States, direct from Rockenhausen, Germany will perform from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Gordon Kohl Band, playing German Music, will follow the Brass Band and be on stage from 1:00- 5:00 p.m. Closing the evening entertainment will be the Cartune Dogs, playing classic rock from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

unday, October 6th the El Cajon German Band will play from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and we will have continuous games and entertainment provided by Barry Mantel, owner of Nights of The Sound Table.

The Windermere Real Estate Food Court at the corner of 4th and La Mesa Boulevard will feature food items from over 15 food vendors. Guests can relax under the umbrellas and take advantage of the shade.

Public transportation is encouraged as parking is at a premium during this annual event. For more information regarding this event please visit

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