On the spur of the moment, Gianna and I decided to travel down to the Monterey Oktoberfest. Our dear friends Rich and Marion decided to join us.
Overnight Camping in Downtown Monterey
The Monterey Oktoberfest is held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds but the RV spots at the fairgrounds were not available on Friday night so we decided to be rebels and stay at the Breakwater Lot which is located near the Coast Guard Pier at the south end of Cannery Row. Overnight parking is permitted here but you can’t stay in your vehicle. Although the parking lot is mostly for overnight truck and boat parking, RVs are known to spend the night here. Our plans are to go to dinner, come back to the RV then go into stealth mode, no lights, no noise, and don’t answer the door if anyone knocks.
We headed over to San Carlos Beach Park which was 100 feet away.
And had some appetizers on the beach. Such a beautiful place!
As the sun went down, we walked 20 minutes from the RV to Fisherman’s Wharf.
We stopped into the Grotto Fish Market for Happy Hour.
The beers were half price and the service was spectacular. A+
We arrived back at the RV under cover of darkness and made sure to keep the lights off and pretend no one was home.
We woke up Saturday morning; no one hassled us last night so our stealth camping was a success! We stayed in downtown Monterey overnight for only $18! When we walked out of the RV in the morning, the parking lot was mostly full with trucks, boats, and scuba divers. What a difference eight hours make.
Breakfast at Crepes of Brittany
We headed to Crepes of Brittany because of their great Yelp reviews and we were not disappointed. The breakfast was SO FANTASTIC and well worth the 45 minute wait. While the wait was long, they gave us free croissants while we waited.
After breakfast, we checked into the Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Park. The place was mostly empty probably because it was closed on Friday?
We walked from the RV Park to the grounds of the Oktoberfest and to our surprise, the back gate was open and the security guard let us in. Wow, did we just get into the Oktoberfest for free, Yes!! We grabbed a pair of souvenir beer steins for $1 and filled them up with Spaten Lager. It’s12:30 and the place is deserted which is nice because the beer lines are nonexistent.
Rich and Marion joined us and we all sat around and enjoyed the Bavarian music. Most of the music was traditional but still fun to drink too, but they did play an occasional modern song like Elton John’s Bennie and the Jets and Yes’ Roundabout. It was so fun hearing modern songs on the trumpets, tubas, and accordions!!
There were so many fun people at this event!
As the day went on, many of the participant began having LOTS more fun…
Marion had fun talking to this guy about how he bought his Lederhosen on Amazon last week for $100. The complete outfit included socks and shoes!
Later that evening Gianna is dancing to Let’s Do the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is one of the many highlights of the day for me.
That evening we went to Pico de Gallo restaurant in Monterey and had an excellent dinner. 5 stars and highly recommended.
Monterey County Fairground RV Park
This is a great base of operations when visiting the Monterey area. The staff is super friendly and helpful and all of the sites are full hookup. You can even request to stay in the lower lot of you want more space or want to stay with a larger group.
What We Learned
- Monterey County Fairground RV Park is just steps away from the Oktoberfest. There’s no need to drive after a full day of listening to Bavarian music.
- The Grotto Fish Market – Happy Hour beers are a great value but don’t order the happy hour oysters. The oysters are about the size of a nickel and cost $3.50!
- Parking overnight at the Coast Guard Pier parking lot is safe and hassle free, though not legal.
- I need to buy some leather Lederhosen from Amazon for my next Oktoberfest
- Crepes of Brittany has the best croissants and crepes, EVER!
- Oktoberfest is actually celebrated in the month of September in Germany
- Looking forward to next year’s Oktoberfest but we will try another, bigger location. Monterey is a fun time but the Oktoberfest is a bit too small for us and the beer selections are limited.
When We Visited
September 30, 2016 – August 1, 2016
- Coast Guard Pier Overnight Parking Lot 36.609052, -121.894974
- Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Park 36.594396, -121.860398