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Originally celebrated in early-1800s Germany in honor of the country's royal family, Oktoberfest today is simply a reason for 6 million people to come to Munich to drink, eat and be very merry.

The Munich celebration may have more than 150 years on us in San Diego, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to throw a party. Here's where you can chug a hefty stein of lager, chow down on a Bratwurst and oom-pah-pah to your heart's content.

Oktoberfest Celebrations Around San Diego

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

When: Friday-Sunday, September 30 - October 9, 2016
Traditionally held on the first two weekends in October, dance to the sounds of an honest-to-goodness Bavarian band at the two-weekend Oktoberfest in El Cajon.

La Mesa Oktoberfest

When: September 30 - October 2, 2016
Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer.

Carlsbad Oktoberfest

When: October 1, 2016
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children.

Encinitas Oktoberfest

When: October 2, 2016
The Encinitas Oktoberfest will will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

When: October 7-8, 2016
San Diego's annual Oktoberfest takes to the streets of Ocean Beach once again in this uniquely Southern California salute to the celebration of German culture and fun.

BIER. San Diego Oktoberfest

When: October 8, 2016
The Brew Project, RMD Group & Hard Rock Hotel are hosting Gaslamp's 1st Traditional Oktoberfest.The Oktoberfest "Bier" Program will consist of special German-style beers from San Diego's top breweries.

Oktoberfest on Coronado

When: September 17-25, 2016
Experience a Bavarian-style beer garden on the Hotel del Coronado's Sun Deck with bratwurst and sauerkraut, Munich-style pretzels, schnitzel and more, plus select specialty beers from breweries like Paulaner and Karl Strauss.

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