Oktoberfest

A TALE OF TWO OKTOBERFESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 7, 2017 (El Cajon) – Crowds flocked to Oktoberfests in El Cajon and La Mesa for bratwurst, beer, and festivities. The two community events differed sharply, with the German-American club’s event at its headquarters in El Cajon focused on authentic offerings such as a German band and Bavarian pastries, while La Mesa added some international elements and carnival attractions.

PROST! THE 44TH ANNUAL LA MESA OKTOBERFEST OFFERS EXPANDED FESTIVAL GROUNDS, NEW OFFERINGS AND LONG-LOVED FAVORITES SEPT. 29-OCT. 1

 

East County News Service

August 14, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Celebrating its 44th year in 2017, the popular La Mesa Oktoberfest is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, more beer, and more "Prost!” (cheers!) than ever before, organizers have announced. Under the direction of the La Mesa Village Association, this year’s fest will showcase a revitalized and elevated experience for all ages on Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 1st. Attractions include many vendors featuring craftwork and knick-knacks, foods ranging from scrumptious sausages to food truck favorites, live entertainment, beer and now, cocktails. 

LA MESA COUNCIL WEIGHS CHANGING COUNCIL MEETING TIMES, APPROVES OKTOBERFEST AND TRAFFIC CALMING, MOVES FORWARD ON GATEWAY SIGN

 

By Jonathan Goetz

August 1, 2017 (La Mesa) – This year’s Oktoberfest will be September 28-Ocober 1 and run by the La Mesa Village Association.  The La Mesa City Council approved the action at last week’s meeting. A proposal to change all City Council meetings to 6 p.m. was continued to a future meeting to allow more community feedback.  The City’s traffic calming program will use more than just speed humps to slow down traffic. Additionally, private fundraising efforts will be launched to raise money for a large gateway sign for downtown La Mesa.

LA MESA SENDS MERCHANTS’ OKTOBERFEST DEBT TO COLLECTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 9, 2016 (La Mesa) — The Mesa Village Merchants Association failed to pay back nearly $48,000 it owes to the city of La Mesa for the 2015 Oktoberfest, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Now the city has referred the debt to its collection agency. Arlene Moore, president of the nonprofit merchants’ group, told the Union-Tribune that the organization plans to repay the debt and hopes to continue hosting the Oktoberfest in future years.

The situation has sparked controversy in the community, with some criticizing the merchants for financial mismanagement, while others find fault with the city for requiring full cost recovery for Oktoberfest and other public events.

BRATS, BEER AND MUCH MORE: LA MESA OKTOBERFEST OCT. 3-5

 

September 22, 2014 (La Mesa)--The La Mesa Oktoberfest is one of East County’s biggest street festivals, drawing 200,000 people every year. This year’s Oktoberfest will be held October 3-5 in the heart of La Mesa’s downtown village on La Mesa  Boulevard between 4th Avenue and Acadia.

The event, sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association, began as a small street fair over 35 years ago. Now the three-day bash features over 250 vendors, food including German bratwurst and a beer garden, kids’ activities and entertainment ranging from German music to classic rock and roll.

EL CAJON ZONED FOR CHICKENS THIS WEEKEND -- AT EL CAJON'S OKTOBERFEST CHICKEN HAT CONTEST THAT IS!

By Rebecca J. Williamson

October 6, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon, indeed, will have chickens in their town – not just in ovens---but on hats! Where?  Oktoberfest -- held this weekend at the German-American Societies of San Diego, Inc. facility on South Mollison.

OKTOBERFEST KICKOFF PARTY SEPT. 12 IN LA MESA

September 6, 2012 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join in kicking off the biggest community event in the region - 2012 Oktoberfest. The three-day Oktoberfest annually brings in over 200,000 people to La Mesa. The Chamber’s preview kick-off will be held September 12 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Continental Catering, 8238 Parkway Drive, La Mesa.

This event is free to Oktoberfest volunteers. Chamber Member & all guests pay $10 per person.

LA MESA CENTENNIAL “AMAZING GEOCACHE” CHALLENGE BEGINS

 
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July 17, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Centennial-themed Amazing Geocache Challenge is officially on, and anyone who appreciates a fun and family-friendly modern-day scavenger hunt is encouraged to participate – and possibly win prizes along the way. Officially started on June 2 to coincide with the city’s Flag Day Parade, the Challenge concludes at 5:00 pm October 7, 2012, coinciding with the end of the La Mesa Oktoberfest. It’s not to late to participate!

EINS, ZWEI, G’SUFFA! GERMAN AMERICAN SOCIETIES HOST OKTOBERFEST SEPT. 30-OCT. 2 AND OCT. 7-9

September 18, 2011 (El Cajon) --The German American Societies of San Diego, Inc., hosts its traditional Oktoberfest on the first two weekends of October. Festivities will be held at the Societies’ headquarters at 1017 South Mollison Avenue in El Cajon.

 

LA MESA APPROVES CITY BUDGET, ENDS CITY FUNDING FOR OKTOBERFEST SECURITY


Councilman Dave Allan announces he will not seek reelection

 

August 10, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s City Council by a 5-0 vote approved a revised biennial budget. Revisions included a state takeaway of $215,000 in vehicle licensing fees formerly allocated to La Mesa.

OKTOBERFEST AT THE EL CAJON ELKS LODGE

 

October 2, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The public is invited to an Oktoberfest celebration at the El Cajon Elks Lodge, 1400 East Washington Avenue in El Cajon, for the Elks' annual Oktoberfest on October 16, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. There will be food and beverages, craft booths, German music to enjoy, a nail pounding contest and pitcher holding contest along with drawings for many prizes.

PARTY TIME! 7th ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION IN LA MESA OCT. 1-3

 

September 28, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants’ Association invite you to La Mesa's annual Oktoberfest celebration in the downtown Village October 1-3.  This year's event will feature 400 vendors, two beer gardens, live music, carnival rides, and an estimated 200,000 visitors.

Hours are:

WILLKOMEN! GERMAN-AMERICAN CLUB HOSTS OKTOBERFEST IN EL CAJON


East County News Service

 

September 29, 2010 (El Cajon) –The German American Societies presents the 39th annual Oktoberfest in El Cajon over the first two weekends of October, the 1st – 3rd and 8th – 10th, 2010. Hours of this traditional, family-friendly festival are Fridays from 5:00 to 10:00 PM, Saturdays from noon until 10:00 PM, and Sundays from noon until 9:00 PM.

LA MESA OKTOBERFEST GEARING UP FOR BIGGEST CELEBRATION YET

September 30,2009 (La Mesa) – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, more than 200,000 people are expected to flock to downtown La Mesa for one of East County’s biggest annual celebrations: La Mesa 36th Annual Oktoberfest. This year, watch for some new attractions—and the return of an old favorite.

By popular demand, the big beer garden is back—along with traditional German foods and music including a Bavarian band the Gemutlichkeit Dancers. But there are also some changes—including Sunday afternoon rock and roll music by the Heroes, one of San Diego’s most popular rock groups, plus new food options ranging from shaved ice to hamburgers.