A tradition for our community is the annual Oktoberfest. This activity brings visitors and vendors from all over the region to La Mesa for a weekend dedicated to family, friends, great food and entertainment. The La Mesa Village Merchants Association began this popular event 41 years ago. This event has gone from a small street fair to a 3-day festival with over 200 vendors offering goods and services to over 200,000 attendees. Add great food, lots of children's activities, entertainment and of course, good old German brats and cold beer, and you have a family event that has something for everyone!
The Kid Zone is back at the Plaza for children age 12 and under. Have fun from 11 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday and from Noon to 5 pm on Sunday.
A special guest star this year is Marissa Grace, an 11 year old La Mesa resident who is very good. Marissa will be performing at our 4th St Food Court from 4 pm to 6 pm on Friday, and at our Nebo Dr Food Court from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday.
Joining us this year is the "Bavarian Beer Garden Band". They will be at our Nebo Dr Beer Garden on Friday October 3rd from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm. The band will also be at our 4th St Food Court from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday.
Also with us will be our friends from "Bonified Brass". They will be our guests at the 4th St Food Court on Saturday the 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Also, Baron Guy Rand and Baroness Muirren from "Barony of Calafia" of the Society for Creative Anachronism will be honoring us with their presence. They will be accompanied by their Knights and will be giving demonstrations of sword fighting at 4th St and La Mesa Blvd and at Nebo Dr and La Mesa Blvd throughout the event. Also they will be demonstrating various arts and sciences at their booth, located just west of Spring St on La Mesa Blvd. They also will be located for photos in the La Mesa Plaza, and in our Children's Garden between Date St and Nebo Dr, from 11 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm.
Helping to close our show on Sunday will be "Young Actors Theatre". They will be performing on Sunday at the 4th St Food Court at 3 pm and at the Nebo Dr Food Court at 4:30 to close our event.
New this year is real German Beer in our Nebo Dr Beer Garden! We will be serving Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest, Munich Gold and Paulaner Hafe-Weisen beers exclusively at the Nebo Dr Beer Garden, next to the La Mesa Train Museum.
Transportation: We're teaming up with Uber this year so that you can drink responsibly to and from the La Mesa Oktoberfest safely!
To get $20 off your first Uber ride, sign up at uber.com/go/LMOKTOBERFEST, or download the app and enter the promo code LMOKTOBERFEST.
Uber is an app that allows you to request a ride with the tap of a button. Drivers arrive curbside in just minutes. You can track the arrival of your ride on your iPhone, Android or Blackberry device, and payment is charged directly to your credit card on file.
Their new low cost option, uberX, is 40% cheaper than a taxi! Also, you no longer have to worry about IOUs. Easily share the cost of a ride with friends using Uber's Fare Split tool.
Not sure how to Uber? It's easy! On your iPhone, Android or Blackberry device, simply:
- Download the app
- Select your pick up location
- Request a ride
Questions? Contact supportSD@uber.com, or stop by the Uber booth located just west of Spring St on La Mesa Blvd to learn more!
October 3, 4 and 5 2014
Friday & Saturday 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday noon - 5 pm
Please eMail requests for vendor applications to: email@example.com
Contact for event is John Vigil at 619-277-5363
Sponsorships are still available, and a few vendor booths are still available, as of 9/26/2014
The La Mesa Oktoberfest is located along La Mesa Blvd, between Acacia Ave and 4th St. If you are coming from North County, the South Bay or from San Diego, take Hwy 8 or 94 and exit Spring St and head towards La Mesa Blvd. If you are coming from El Cajon and all points east, please take Hwy 8 to the city of La Mesa, exit on La Mesa Blvd, and go west to the downtown Village. PLEASE NOTE THAT PARKING WILL BE VERY LIMITED. If you find yourself having to park in a residential neighborhood, please be respectful of driveways and accessibility.
We encourage you to book your ride to our event with our partner Uber, or take the Orange Trolley to La Mesa Blvd - Either is the fast and easy way to get to the center of the Oktoberfest celebration!
Welcome One and All to our 41st Oktoberfest! We're sure you'll enjoy the event.