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LA MESA -- After 39 years, the people of La Mesa know how to throw an Oktoberfest. More than 200,000 people will invade this city of 60,000 again this weekend and the rules are familiar by now. Yet here they are again, according to Oktoberfest planners:
The City of La Mesa will again host the annual Oktoberfest event sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association. The event days and hours are:
Friday, October 5th 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 6th 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 7th 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The five block section of La Mesa Boulevard from Acacia Avenue to 4th Street, and eastbound Allison Avenue from Palm Avenue to Pine Street will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians only. Spring Street traffic may be subject to delays.
Normally scheduled bus service on these streets has been routed around the event area, and bus riders should consult with their transit operators for route changes.
As parking around the Oktoberfest is limited, the La Mesa Police Department encourages event patrons to car pool and use the San Diego Trolley, which will be providing additional transportation capacity to accommodate this event.
Parking laws will be strictly enforced. Disabled parking has been set aside in the Lemon Avenue Municipal Parking Lot and Acacia Avenue north of La Mesa Boulevard.
The presence of all animals at this event is prohibited, except for guide dogs, signal dogs, and service dogs as defined by California State law. Violators are subject to arrest.
The La Mesa Municipal Code prohibits the possession of all alcoholic beverages at this event except in designated areas such as the Beer Garden, Beer Courts, and businesses licensed by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Violators of local and State alcoholic beverage laws will be arrested.
The La Mesa Police Department, in partnership with our community, anticipates a safe and enjoyable event for everyone in attendance.