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Oakland actually has a German heritage dating back to the early 20th century. While not everyone is aware of this little known fact, the roots grow stronger as an Oktoberfest event was established in 2008 in the Dimond district to celebrate German culture. 


Oakland’s first annual Oktoberfest in Dimond was planned for 2008. It was created to celebrate the rich German heritage that's nearly been forgotten as the city has grown and changed. But Oakland has embraced its rich cultural diversity like no other California city, and today, it has bounced back with a renaissance of activities and events that offer everything from soul, blues, jazz and rock to polka music, even.  So get out your favorite lederhosen, your personalized 10-gallon beer stein and get ready for a good time in what could become an annual German fest like no other-- Oktoberfest in the Dimond, to be precise.

Saturday October 10, 2009 from 11-6pm
Fruitvale Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard /

Although Oakland’s Dimond District is a diverse and progressive neighborhood, it is steeped in German history. Around 1900, the area was largely a German community where social and community life centered on the beer gardens in the area. Though the beer gardens are gone, the community spirit they fostered still remains.

Oktoberfest will feature traditional German beer gardens, German food and dance, gourmet food booths, historical tours, performances by local artists on two stages, artisans, a kids’ carnival area, a green living and wellness expo, and much more. Attendees will quaff, sip, drink, tipple, imbibe, dance, sing, and eat, as well as learn about the historical connection between Oakland and its earlier German residents.