Adams Avenue Street Fair and Oktoberfest highlight weekend

by Kevin Smead

Though it’s the last weekend in September, the party is just getting started. Here are the two places you absolutely, positively, need to be this weekend.

Adams Avenue Street Fair Boasting more than 90 artists on seven stages, the Adams Avenue Street Fair is one of the largest free music festivals in California. The festival takes place in the heart of midtown on Adams Avenue between interstates 15 and 805. Several blocks are closed to through traffic to accommodate this pedestrian- only event. Headliners are diverse, ranging from blues rockers The Paladins to the totally psychedelic Strawberry Alarm Clock. Don’t forget about the ridiculous amounts of delicious food and beer tasting on Saturday from 1-5:30 p.m.

This free festival is all about local business, music, food and culture. Go have a beer, eat tasty food and listen to some great music. The festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check out for more info.

Oktoberfest at the German American Societies of San Diego Achtung! It’s time once again to break out the lederhosen and chicken hats: Oktoberfest ist heir. Held at the German American Socities of San Diego in El Cajon, this is the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in the county. While there are a few craft and organizational booths, this Oktoberfest is about the food, beer and German culture. Don’t be surprised if you’re spoken to primarily in German and frequently asked, “Was trinkst du?”

There is even a band from Germany, which flies here every year just to play at this Oktoberfest. For those who have never experienced the songs and dances of this celebratory festival, it’s time to do so. Trust me, you’ll be a lot more receptive after a few wonderful imported beers. And hey, if you can’t make it this weekend, the festival runs Friday through Sunday next weekend, too. Go to germanclubsandiego. org/oktoberfest for details. Macht schnell!