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: Second to last Sunday in September
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, last weekend of September and first weekend of October
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, first weekend of October
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: First Saturday of October
Carlsbad's annual Oktoberfest celebration features live music, traditional German food and games.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Dates: Friday-Saturday, second weekend of October
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, second weekend of October 13-14
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.
Date: Second Saturday in October
Ramona's annual Bavarian blowout includes beer gardens, a pumpkin patch, a pumpkin recipe contest, chicken bingo and more.
Oktoberfest in Balboa Park
Date: Last weekend in September
A two day festival including dance lessons on the first day and a family friendly festival on the second with more dancing, music, food and shopping.