Your Guide to La Mesa Oktoberfest

Posted on September 27, 2019 by La Mesa Village Association

When you think of fall in La Mesa, the annual Oktoberfest celebration is probably top of mind. The La Mesa Oktoberfest festival is the largest in Southern CA, so be sure to make plans to attend this year’s event. La Mesa Oktoberfest takes place October 4, 5 & 6 in the downtown Village area between Spring Street and 4th! This free, community event has something for everyone and is open to all ages!  

Here’s a rundown of the fun activities available during this 3-day festival: 

HOFBRAUHAUS BIERGARTEN will feature live entertainment including everything from traditional Oompa bands to rock & pop cover bands. Take part in fun, interactive games throughout the weekend such as the stein holding contest, yodeling contest, chicken dance off and many more!  Plus, enjoy tasty German treats and Oktoberfest biers. Click here for all of the details on the Hofbrauhaus Biergarten. The entrance is at La Mesa Boulevard between 3rd & Palm Ave. 

PALM AVENUE BIER HALL is an ALL NEW full-service area where you can sit under a large shaded tent and order all of your favorite German grub from lederhosen-dressed waitresses! There is limited seating available the day of, so be the first to arrive. Click here for all of the details on the Palm Avenue Bier Hall. The entrance is between La Mesa Boulevard and Lemon Ave. 

BATWOMAN CRAFT BIER & SPIRITS GARDEN features a German theme combined with a SoCal vibe. Kick back and enjoy local brewers and craft cocktails while you listen to the beats of a DJ soundtrack. Play games with friends, including giant Jenga, table games, corn hole and more. Click here for all of the details on the Batwoman Craft Bier & Spirits Garden. The entrance is located at La Mesa Blvd. & 3rd Ave. 

SUNDAY FUNDAY HAPPY HOUR is available on 10/6 from 10 am – 1 pm and will feature the following specials: 

  • ½ off all drinks in all biergartens
  • ½ off single ride tickets for the Ferris wheel 
  • 10% ticket packages for inflatable rides 
  • 10% off select vendor booths Hofbrauhaus Biergarten and Palm Avenue Bier Hall food specials 
  • La Mesa Village Specials – click here for a full list of local businesses also offering “Happy Hour” specials!  

GLÜCKLICH GAMES - Let your competitive side shine at the La Mesa Oktoberfest! The GLÜCKLICH GAMES feature both individual and team competitions! You’ll have a blast trying to stack kegs into a pyramid, fight it out in a spirited game of tug-o-war, beer stein races through a mini obstacle course, and more! Click here for the GLÜCKLICH GAMES schedule and to register. The GLÜCKLICH GAMES take place at La Mesa Blvd. & 3rd St.

LIVE MUSIC – click here for the full line up of musical acts throughout the weekend! 

VIP EXPERIENCES – upgrade your La Mesa Oktoberfest fun with a Hofbrauhaus VIP ticketed experience! VIP add-ons include everything from front of the line privileges, a commemorative stein, chicken hat or flower crown, complimentary biers and more. There are also under 21 passes for younger guests! Click here to purchase.  

The La Mesa Oktoberfest has more than biergartens! Be sure to check out all of the carnival style rides, activities, special events, shopping and more: 

GERMAN KINDER KARNEVAL is an interactive children’s playground featuring a Ferris wheel, carnival games, face painting, caricatures, balloon art, crafts, inflatable jumpers, and much more. Click here for more details. 

DACKELDORF DACHSUND VILLAGE is a place to bring your furry friend for a variety of fun events, including Wiener dog races, a fashion show, howl-deling contest and more! The first event starts at 5pm on Friday, 10/4. Click here for the complete line up of events throughout the weekend. 

CRAFT FAIRE - It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest in La Mesa without all of the unique, local artisans showcasing their hand-made treasures. You’ll find items such as candles, soaps, jewelry and more that cannot be found anywhere else. Click here for a glimpse of participating vendors. 


Friday, October 4th: 4 – 10 pm
Saturday, October 5th: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, October 6th: 10 am – 6 pm 

Because the La Mesa Oktoberfest is such a large event, be sure to plan your transportation to avoid the hassle of traffic and/or parking. Take the Trolley, which stops at Spring St. & La Mesa Blvd. Click here for more detailed transit & parking information.  

We hope you have a fun and safe experience at the La Mesa Oktoberfest this year. For complete details, visit the La Mesa Oktoberfest website. Prost!