Beer, bratwurst and oompah music await those who attend family-friendly Oktoberfest at San Rafael Catholic Church.
The annual “An Evening in Bavaria” fundraiser, scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14, will be held at San Rafael Parish Hall, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive in Rancho Bernardo.
It is hosted by the San Rafael Parish Knights of Columbus Valley of Angels Council 9170. Proceeds will go to the Knights’ charitable projects, including supporting seminarians, missionary work, helping people with developmental disabilities, awarding college scholarships to high school students in the parish and provide a fund so that the parish pastor can financially help those in need, said Knight Paul Thoreson, Oktoberfest president.
The Oktoberfest fundraiser has been held for at least 15 years and is the Knights’ second largest fundraising event each year, Thoreson said. The first is its fish dinners held on several Fridays during Lent.
New to this year’s Oktoberfest will be a Bavarian costume contest, the winners of which will be determined by the applause of the audience.
“Some come in traditional costume, so now we wanted to incentivize them to do so with a special prize,” Thoreson said. “Sometimes they have traveled to Germany or have German heritage. We want to encourage them to enter the spirit.
Tickets sold at the door are $20 for adults (19 and older), $10 for children (6 to 18), and free for ages 5 and under.
Discounted tickets – $15 for adults, $7 for children – can be purchased in advance outside the church after the 5 p.m. mass on Saturday, October 8 and the 7:30 a.m. masses , 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday, October 9. .
The ticket covers food, coffee and lemonade. The menu will include bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, pretzels and strudel with ice cream. Kids can opt for hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. Soft drinks will be sold at $1 each, while beer and wine will be $4 a glass. The food can be eaten at the event or taken as a take-out option, Thoreson said.
Additional funds will be raised through a raffle for numerous prizes. Winners do not need to be present.
The grand prize is a four-night stay at a Palm Desert vacation getaway that sleeps up to four people. Other prizes include an original painting and gift certificates for several area restaurants and businesses.
Those of all ages can listen and dance to the music of a German oompah band. There will also be face painting, balloon art and a clown to entertain the kids.