It's time to dust off your lederhosen, grab your friends and meet up for two days and nights of fun and festivities for the 20th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest.
The event will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9, where Newport Avenue meets the beach. Festivities will include both family-friendly and adult activities. The family-friendly vendors and activities are organized by the Ocean Beach Main Street Association in the grassy area and Saratoga Park.
“OBMA is thrilled Oktoberfest is back in full swing,” said Kristen Keltner, OBMA event and program manager. “Each year, the Hoy Hoy Boys support the community including the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, whose mission is to be the leading force in assisting, honoring, and supporting the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country.”
There will be something new at this year’s OB Oktoberfest.
“Another cool thing we’re adding this year, another component, is Saratoga Park as a family fun zone with The Rad Hatter and live music,” said Keltner. “Saratoga Park will feature OBMA’s Seaside Family Zone sponsored by Newbreak Church. This area will have The Rad Hatter, family corn hole, children’s craft area, live music by Rock & Roll San Diego and artisan vendors, and more. Veterans Plaza will be brimming with food and merchandise vendors beginning at 10 a.m.”
Added Keltner: “A huge thank you to Newbreak Church for sponsoring the Seaside Family Fun Zone. Unleash your creative side at The Rad Hatter booth in Saratoga Park. Create a fun upcycled hat that you can don throughout the festival and show your OB spirit.”
In the 21-plus age beer garden located in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot, guests can drink a classic German brew or local beer, wine, and spirits. There will be live music performed by local and nationally touring artists, contests, vendors, giveaways, and more.
Keltner talked about a new community booth.
“One of this year’s community booths is the Ocean Beach Community Foundation, which will be creating awareness about the new Veteran’s Plaza design,” she said. “Stop by their booth at Veterans Plaza on Saturday and say hello.”
The Wounded Warrior Project event will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. For a $5 donation, participants will get a chance to shoot free throws against veterans and win prizes. There is a very special sponsorship match from one of OBMA’s event partners, so make this one count.
The Oktoberfest Beer Garden will be open Friday from 4-11:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Entrance is $10 and goes back to OB’s community partners who, with public support, are able to return more than $50,000 each year to the beach community.
Electric Waste Band
Band of Gringos
Paging the 90s
Wounded Warriors Free Throw
Visit oboktoberfest.com for more information.