It is time for La Mesa Oktoberfest! While the weather isn’t exactly cooperating, with a high of 98 degrees on Saturday, the crowds are still out braving the heat for a little taste of Germany in southern California. The La Mesa Oktoberfest was started by the La Mesa Merchant’s Association over 41 years ago. It has grown to include over 300 vendors. The streets are packed with tents selling arts and crafts, rides, food, and lots of things to see.
La Mesa Oktoberfest Information
This weekend, the event runs Friday through Sunday, 11am to 9pm the first two days and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. The event is held in Downtown La Mesa on La Mesa Boulevard between 4th Avenue and Date Avenue. For a more detailed schedule of events, click here. Special events include carnival rides, kids plaza, live music, food trucks, and vendors selling everything from Christmas gifts to home improvement items. Streets are closed and a beer garden is set up in the downtown area. Beers from Germany are served. The beer garden is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. For more details see here.
My memories of the La Mesa Oktoberfest
My family has attended over the years and have enjoyed the live music, beer gardens, and children’s activities. This year we plan to go in the late afternoon on Saturday to avoid the heat but still take advantage of some of the fun kid stuff for our toddlers. Last year there was a bit of negative news about some gang activity, but we have driven by and walked through and seen lots of security and police presence this year. Hopefully there won’t be any more problems with the wrong crowd coming for the festivities.