The Acclaimed Encinitas Oktoberfest Returns, Bringing Favorite Traditions and More 

Oktoberfest, a traditional autumn festival filled with beer and merrymaking, originated back in Munich, Germany in 1810. Today, it is celebrated worldwide, including in various areas of San Diego. Perhaps one of the most well-known is the Encinitas Oktoberfest, which is expecting to attract over 25,000 this year. Hosted by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by California Coast Credit Union, this year’s family-friendly event will take place on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. across six blocks in Encinitas from Mountain Vista Dr. to El Camino Real.

Oktoberfest will turn nineteen this year, however many of the original traditions will remain. This year’s marketplace will feature over 200 vendors, including authentic German food and beverages. Returning will be the Bluebirds German-American band, who will perform in the opening parade and on stage in the family section. The Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers will make an appearance again as well and will demonstrate authentic dances from the German/Alpine ethnic areas.

For families, the festival will also have a family-fun zone with children’s games and family-oriented activities going on throughout the day. “It’s a really fun day out for families,” said Bob Gattinella, Encinitas Board President. “It draws quite a crowd, and attendees tell us that it is one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in San Diego,” he added. With the amount of festivities held throughout the day, the delicious fare, and performances, it’s easy to see why this festival is considered a local favorite.

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce will be providing free shuttle service from Flora Vista Elementary School’s parking lot for those interested. Vendors can find pricing and applications online at For those looking for sponsorships or additional information, they can call the Chamber at 760-753-6041, or email People can also visit to learn more about select vendors, activities, and performances.