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Weekend Preview: From Adams Avenue Street Fair To An International Book Fair

The annual Adams Avenue Street Fair in Normal Heights is the largest free mus...

Above: The annual Adams Avenue Street Fair in Normal Heights is the largest free music festival in Southern California.

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Just last week it was summer, and now it's time for Oktoberfest.

There are plenty of Oktoberfest-related events happening around the county. One event in El Cajon put on by the German American Societies of San Diego was just rated the country's top Oktoberfest by Zankrank. The German festival, includes a live polka band from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Plus, there's authentic German food such as bratwurst and ox-on-the-spit. Of course, there's a wide selection of German beers to wash it all down.

The festival, now in it's 42nd year, takes place over two weekends: Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6.

One of California's largest street fairs is also getting underway. The Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair in Normal Heights features more than 90 live music acts on seven stages, four beer gardens, giant carnival rides and 300 craft and food vendors.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon with Guggenbach Buam 2008

The fair is a great way to catch many of San Diego's local bands over an entire weekend. Some of the bands performing over the two day event include La Mesa's Ed Ghost Tucker, Wild Wild Wets and The Styletones.

Street fair hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

If crowds aren't your thing but you want to enjoy some live music, head over to the Casbah. The psychedelic pop band Unknown Mortal Orchestra is on a U.S. tour and will stop at the downtown venue for a show Saturday night. The American-New Zealand band is releasing an Acoustic EP on Oct. 29 called Blue Record.

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Psychedelic pop band Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at the Casbah near downtown San Diego Saturday night

The 8th Annual International Book Fair is also happening this weekend at San Diego City College Downtown. The book fair is known to promote and support local, national and bi-national writers, artists and musicians. Author Geraldine Brooks, a Pulitzer-Prize recipient and former Wall Street Journal reporter, will be reading from One Book, One San Diego selection Caleb's Crossing. There will be a special panel discussion on The Far East: Everything Just As It Is, which captures the essence of San Diego's East County through stories, poems, photographs and narratives.


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