The Ocean Beach Oktoberfest - the uniquely Southern California salute to the celebration of German culture and fun - is back this year, for two days. The party will begin on Friday Oct. 11th and extend through Saturday night, Oct. 12th. Hours are 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday and 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, with free bike parking Saturday.
Friday night's schedule will feature the finals of Beer Garden Band Slam, a competition to crown the best cover or tribute band at the beach with $3,000 in cash prizes. Preliminary rounds of the competition will be held throughout the month of September at Winston's Beach Club in Ocean Beach and 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach.
The festivities start on Saturday with the 2nd Annual Brat Trot Beach Run, a fundraiser with the OBCF to promote local youth sports. Registration is available online by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button above and there will be an all ages race starting earlier in the day, and then the traditional 5k with registration beginning at 9:30 AM. The Saturday schedule is packed tight with the bratwurst-eating, stein-holding and other traditional Oktoberfest contests. One again, participants will vie for a $10,000 cash prize in the infamous, one-of-a-kind Sausage Toss competition.
In addition to the food and craft vendors and an all-ages stage on the grassy area at the foot of Newport Avenue, Saturday's Oktoberfest will include performances by the Ompah all day long, Lobster Bob and the Special Emcee Jose Sinatra in addition to many local musical acts.
Admission to the beer garden is a $3 donation that goes to support the Ocean Beach community. The outdoor area is free. The event also offers shuttle service back and forth from Pacific Beach on both Friday and Saturday and a bicycle valet in the main beach parking lot.
During the past decade, the OB Oktoberfest - a joint venture between Hoy Hoy Boys, the Ocean Beach Merchants Association and the Ocean Beach Community Foundation - has raised more than $150,000 for local nonprofit organizations.
There will be a shuttle bewteen Pacific Beach and Oktoberfest on Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 PM and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Pick up will be at 710 Beach Club at 710 Garnet Avenue.