OB Goes All Lederhosen for Upcoming Oktoberfest

by on October 8, 2013 · 9 comments

in Culture, Economy, Environment, Ocean Beach

OB oktoberfest logoBy Matthew Wood

Sprechen sie Dude?

Thousands will flock to OB next weekend – October 11th & 12th – to speak German – or at least drink German – at the annual Oktoberfest on the beach and in the OB Pier parking lot, presented by the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, Ocean Beach Community Foundation and a group called Hoy Hoy Boys.

OB oktoberfest crowd

Oktoberfest in OB, 2011.

This year’s two-day event is chock-full of contests, prizes, food and lots of beer. Hit the grassy area by the beach on Newport and Abbott for a more family-friendly atmosphere with music and games for the kids. Those who want to take it up a notch (and are of age) can head to the “beer garden” in the beach parking lot for beers, food and some rowdier times.

Denny Knox, executive director of the OBMA, expects upwards of 10,000 people to participate between the two days. Her group runs the free area in the grass.

“It’s a really nice way to raise money for all kinds of people,” she said of the event. “Lots of people benefit, and it’s lots of fun.”

Michael Kinsman, who is a partner in the Hoy Hoy Boys, a group that runs the beer garden portion of the event:

 “We’re all about fun,” he said. “This is OB. You gotta have music, you gotta have beer and you gotta have fun.”

The party starts at 4:20 p.m. on Friday (of course) and kicks off with the semifinals of the Miss Oktoberfest pageant. Friday is also the “Blond’a’thon”, where anybody wearing a blond wig – or does it the natural way – in braids gets into the beer garden for free.

Music will be provided by the Band Slam contest, which has been whittling down local acts for the past few weeks and offers five of the best tribute bands vying for $3,000 in cash prizes. Among them is an Elvis Costello cover (The Distractions), a Rob Zombie tribute (American Zombie) and Wicked Garden, which plays the best of the Stone Temple Pilots.

But the Rag’s money is on The Big Lewinsky, a raucous outfit that plays covers of everything from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Ice Cube.

Looking to make a cool 10 grand? Hit up the Sausage Toss, where contestants throw a rubberized hot dog toy into a cauldron 50 feet away. The first 10 people to make it are entered for a chance to roll four dice. If anyone rolls four of a kind, they walk home with the big payday.

Kinsman said there has only been one winner in the fest’s history, which happened the first year, before the dice component was introduced, when all you had to do was put the sausage in the basket. He said the winner was as shocked as anyone.

“He said he could’ve thrown it a thousand times and never made it,” Kinsman recalled.

Someone will also win a trip to Munich for the real Oktoberfest through the Find the Schnitzengruben social media contest. Just go like the Oktoberfest page on Facebook to enter. A winner will be chosen on Saturday for the trip, which is valued at $5,000.

“I don’t know what a Schnitzengruben is, but you win a trip to Germany,” Knox said. (For the record, the name comes from a scene in the movie “Blazing Saddles.” For more context, it’s probably best if you looked it up yourself.)

For non-OBceans, a shuttle will be heading out both days from 710 Beach Club (710 Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach, aka OB’s younger and less-sophisticated neighbor to the north).

Those who want to get some exercise in before gorging on sausage and beer can participate in the Brat Trot, a 5K run on the beach on Saturday morning. Participants get free entry into the beer garden, as well as entries into the Beer Stein Holding contest.

Other events include a Bratwurst Eating Contest, a Balloon Blow for women only (ladies have to blow up seven hot dog-shaped balloons to win a $50 prize) and a raffle for lots of free schwag.

The German beer of choice is Spaten, while Pizza Port will be offering its Chronic Ale, special for the weekend. Beer garden entry is $3 per person and beers are $7 each or $20 for three. Wise OBceans who want to maximizing their partying dollar might think about hitting up the half-price happy hour pitchers at Sunshine Company before heading into the fest, but you didn’t hear that from us.

Knox said that, despite the festive atmosphere, there have never been any problems with over-rowdy or combative attendees.

“I can’t remember any incidents we had,” she said. “It’s a typical Saturday night in OB.”

Well, except for all the barefoot hippies wearing lederhosen.

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angeroo October 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Wow, no incidents? Drunkfest is back. Be prepared. Regarding last year’s shenanigans: http://obrag.org/?p=69905, “…violent assaults went up during October’s Oktoberfest in OB.” 2 incidences cited here: http://obrag.org/?p=69887.


angeroo October 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm
Dan Shay October 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm

jajaja – good memory and research. i thought there were a few incidents last year. how quickly some people “forget”….. maybe they should move it to Rob Field…


Matthew Wood October 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Interesting stuff, although you have to expect there to be a little more mischief going on with this many people in the hood. This will be my first Oktoberfest as a resident, so I am interested to see how people act. Hopefully everyone is on their best behavior, even our PB bros.


obracer October 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

“It’s a typical Saturday night in OB.”
Very delusional people or very short memory. Violent assaults every year.
These are the same people that had ” nothing to do ” with the marshmallow fights.
This event thrashes the entire area but organizers are not responsible ?, sound familiar ?
All beach & pier parking in the area will be taken over for two days by this event.
With lobster season starting last week we need parking more than ever.
These types of events will eventually be held at Robb Field with over 1.200 parking spaces, our parking lots have a total of 132 spaces including the lifeguard tower parking lot. They plan to set up Friday morning and keep the lot closed until Sunday morning, we deserve better.

Don’t forget to say hello to the police officers using the trailer, oh wait…., the real police trailer will be placed at the lifeguard tower just like every year, the trailer in the middle of the parking lot will be closed and empty just as it was during the street fair. Lt Stone has claimed on multiple occasions and applications for a permit the trailer is used for major events ? another delusional person, but this one carries a badge and gun. Would you trust this cop if she testified in court today ?, neither would I.


Dan Shay October 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

well said


Goatskull October 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Regardless of incidents from last year I’ll be there this year. I always have fun at this. Yes I DO drink a lot at this event but I’ve managed to stay out of trouble and always take a cab home.


Matthew Wood October 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

Good for you! You can always take the shuttle to/from PB. And Uber has a deal where you get 20 bucks off a ride.



editordude October 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

We apologize – no, I apologize; it was editordude’s fault for listing one of the wrong dates for this weekend’s Oktoberfest in OB. It is two days – Fri., Oct 11th, and Sat., Oct 12th.


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