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 in Encinitas
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Six blocks of music, crafts from over 200 vendors, authentic German food, beer, a parade and a family fun zone.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon
Dates: Friday-Sunday, September 28-30 and October 5-7, 2012
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.
Oktoberfest in La Mesa
Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, 2012
The granddaddy of San Diego Oktoberfests, La Mesa's three-day version is essentially a giant block party in the town "village" area.
Oktoberfest in Carlsbad
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Carlsbad's annual Oktoberfest celebration features live music, traditional German food and games.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Dates: Friday-Saturday, October 12-13, 2012
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.
Oktoberfest in Julian
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012
Take a picturesque day trip to Julian for their annual Octoberfest. In addition to the traditional food and music, you can enjoy pretty fall colors and their famous apple pies.