Sunday, October 11, 2009



Yesterday was Oaktoberfest in the Dimond neighborhood. They closed off part of Fruitvale Ave. and MacArthur Blvd. with the Biergarten tent set up at the intersection. There were tons of people, and most all of them seemed to be having a good time except when the beer started running out. Most everyone was in good spirits, and were all the more delighted when some of the breweries restocked an hour later or so.

a heavy drinker

It was a very Oakland event. There was good food, some by local vendors like La Farine and others who were there just for the event. People from all walks of life were there, making it a fun place to people watch. Lots of people were out with their kids or dogs or both, and it seemed like there was a lot to do for kids, including rock-climbing and face-painting. And some of the kids really enjoyed jumping or running to the music.

It was a fun event. I think the event organizers need to plan for a bigger crowd next year. The same number of breweries, vendors and displays, but spread out a little more so the people are spread out a little more.

Check out more pictures from Oaktoberfest.

Update: Tim from the Dimond Neighborhood has posted some nice people pictures. And his links reminded me of something. A big thank you to the Two Star Market (near where the building housing Tepper's Hotel and biergarten still stands) for continuing to poor beer samples and wine when the breweries were running out.


Graham Patterson said...


My name is Graham Patterson and I write the Sweeeeet Oakland blog ( I just put together a personalized Google Map of happy hours and bottomless brunches in Oakland, and I thought you might be interested in sharing it. I link to it on my site of course, but you can also go there directly here:

Thanks! I really enjoy your blog!

Dimond Neighborhood said...

More pictures of Dimond's Oaktoberfest