Oktoberfest in Florida
There are a number of fantastic German festivals to celebrate Oktoberfest in Florida in 2016. From Jacksonville to Miami, the 2.2 million German descendants here have a number of options to enjoy beer, bratwurst and oompah music in September and October.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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We update the dates and location for every Florida Oktoberfest when they are announced throughout the year. If you have updated information about an event, or we are missing one, please let us know!
Bluewater Bay Oktoberfest – Niceville, FL – September 23-24, 2016.
22nd annual event. German food, music, beer and other activities. Admission is free. Features include a German Band, and the High Steppers. There are also children’s rides and clowns at this family oriented event. Hosted by the Mid-Bay Bridge Rotary Club.
Location: Marketplace at Bluewater Bay (Winn Dixie Shopping Center)
Tallahassee Oktoberfest – Elder Care Services – Tallahassee, FL – September 30, 2016
18th annual Oktoberfest at Mission San Luis on Friday evening at 6 PM. General admission for $75 includes German buffet and live entertainment. VIP tickets with early access, souvenir stein and unlimited refills are $125. Over 1000 people joined them in 2013. Location: 2518 W. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Florida
Oakland Park Oktoberfest – Oakland Park, FL – Sept 30 – October 2, 2016
The City of Oakland Park invites you to celebrate its 12th Annual Oktoberfest! Enjoy authentic German food and beer, traditional entertainment including music, dancing, amusement rides and games. Two days of Oompha Fun!!! Featuring Oktoberfest bands. And the unforgettable Dachshund races, along with beer barrel races, carnival rides, stein races and the Schuhplattler dancers! Jaco Pastorius Park 4000 North Dixie Highway in downtown Oakland Park. Oktoberfest! Free parking is available. To learn more, visit oaklandparkfl.gov or call 954-630-4502.
German American Society of Central Florida Oktoberfest – Casselberry, FL – October 1 & 22, 2016
German American Society of Central Florida hosts this Oktoberfest open to the public at the beginning and end of October. Doors open at 2 PM and bands start at 3 PM. Biergarten with German beer, authentic German food, live music, folk dancing, flag parade and kid’s fun zone. Entry is $5 at the gate – no advance sales. Location: 381 Orange Ln, Casselberry, FL 32707
Avalon Park Oktoberfest – Orlando, FL – October 7-8, 2016
Free family event from 5-10 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Beer garden for adults and root beer garden for kids. Games, contests, German music and alpine dancing.
Location: 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd #300, Orlando, FL 32828
Tarpon Springs Oktoberfest – Tarpon Springs, FL – October 7-9, 2016
Lantana Oktoberfest – Lake Worth, FL – October 7-9 and October 14-16, 2016.
42nd Oktoberfest with two weekends of family fun. More than 35,000 visitors are expected over the course of the two weekends. Live music, dancers, food, beer and entertainment. Authentic German food includes Pork Schnitzel, rotisserie chicken, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, apple strudel, black forest cake and more. Original Hofbrau beer is served along with domestic beer and soft drinks. Schnapps and Jager also have samples and specials. This Florida Oktoberfest is held by the American German Club of the Palm Beaches on the second and third weekend of October. Adult admission is $8. Kids under 12 admitted free with paying adult. Location: 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33463
Oktoberfest on the Beach – Indian Rocks Beach, FL – October 8, 2016
15th annual Oktoberfest with live music and dancing, art exhibit, and contests for stein carrying and keg throwing. Kinder fest has bounce house, face painting, clown, balloon artist and arts & crafts booths. Free admission. Location: Kolb Park, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest – Pensacola – October 8, 2016
Space Coast Oktoberfest – Palm Bay, FL – Oct. 8-9, 2016
Port St. Lucie Oktoberfest – Port St. Lucie, FL – October 14-16, 2016.
The German American Club of the Treasure Coast hosts this outdoor event with craft show, food vendors, entertainment and kids activities. Admission is Free. Opening ceremony and parade of flags on both Friday evening and Saturday.
Beaches Oktoberfest – Jacksonville Beach, FL – October 14-16, 2016
Oktoberfest Miami – October 14-16 & 21-23, 2016
Hosted by the German American Social Club of Miami. It was started in 1958. German food and beer, dancing, free carnival rides and entertainment. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-20 years old. Miami Dade employees receive free admission on Fridays with Miami Dade identification. Active military in uniform are free.
Location: 11919 SW 56th St., Miami, Florida
Celebration Oktoberfest – Celebration, FL – October 21-22, 2016
Hayrides, pumpkin painting, or stroll along the lakeside promenade. Leaves fall each day at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Entertainment starts at 5:30. Parking and admission are free.
Location: Celebration Town Center, 701 Front St, Celebration, FL 34747
Oktoberfest Cape Coral – Cape Coral, FL – October 21-23 and 28-30, 2016
31st year for this Florida Oktoberfest hosted by the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral. Huge tent and outdoor biergarten with 3 stages and 2 dance floors enjoyment of non-stop live bands. German food and beer including sausage platters, bratwurst, schweinhaxen, potato pancakes and other items. Carnival area for kids has rides and games. There are also hand made crafts for purchase from the vendors and exhibitors. 5K run. Miss Oktoberfest pageant is held in July for ages 21 to 45. Tickets are priced at $5-6 with free parking. Children under 12 receive free admission. Location: 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, FL 33991
Sam Adams Octoberfest – Miami, FL – October 1-4, 2015
Miami Beach Botanical Garden Oktoberfest – September 25, 2015
Orlando Oktoberfest – Orlando, FL – September 26, 2015.
Beer, brats, live entertainment, schuhplattler dancing and stein holding contests. Free bounce houses for children. Event runs from 3 PM to 11 PM. Free admission but parking is $5. Proceeds from the event benefit Bahia Shriners.
Location: Bahia Festival Grounds, 2300 Pembrook Dr, Orlando
Coral Gables Oktoberfest – Coral Gables, FL – October 1-11, 2015. An 11 day German festival with beer, food, live music, yodel contest, nailing contest, brat eating contest and cycle party. Admission is free. Event starts at 11:00 am every day. Do not miss the fraternity style drinking activities like beer pong, flip cup, and more. Foods include giant bier pretzl, German potato salad, Apfelstrudel, Wurstteller sausage, and German chocolate cake.
Location: Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL
Bistro Ten Zero One – West Palm Beach, FL – Sept. 24, 2015
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Bistro Ten Zero One Bistro Ten Zero One, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd, Delray Beach
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $35, plus tax & gratuity, if purchased in advance or $40, plus tax & gratuity at the door. Buy your tickets online. Bistro Ten Zero One known for their farm-to-table cuisine and seasonal
garden parties, will welcome in fall with a German-themed, Oktoberfest party in the garden. For this event, Bistro’s herb and vegetable garden will be transformed into a beer garden, complete with German fare, beer from eight of your favorite local breweries including Twisted Trunk, Cigar City, Tequesta Brewing, Funky Buddha and more. To make the evening even more festive, guests will also enjoy the music from a live accordion player dressed in lederhosen. Highlighted food items include: bratwurst and sauerkraut, roasted chicken, Kielbasa and red cabbage, beef roulade, pretzels with beer cheese and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/oktoberfestatbistro.
Nikki Beach Oktoberfest – Miami Beach, FL , October 4, 2015
German food, beer, and dancing hosted by Nikki Beach, a South Beach restaurant and nightclub.
Location: One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida
St Pete Oktoberfest – Saint Petersburg, FL – September 19, 2015
This Oktoberfest is back for 2015. It is held at the Grand Central District on Saturday, September 19th. It will include German food, Oompah music, traditional Oktoberfest contests and kids area. Event runs from 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
Location: 2800 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida
German American Society Oktoberfest – Hollywood, FL – September 26, October 10 & 24, 2015
3 great Oktoberfests with the Bavarian Schuhplattlers, live music, authentic German food and beer. Door donation of $7. Kids under 12 are free.
Location: 6401 Washington Street, Hollywood FL
Oktoberfest Tampa – Tampa Bay, FL – October 9-11, 2015
Keg tapping on Friday. Over 20 games including Oktoberfest Olympiad, keg toss, stein holding, carry the wench and corn hole. German beer, food and live music (including lots of polka). Admission is $10 for one day or $25 for the weekend with a VIP pass available and free general admission to Armed Forces members with ID. Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL
Top of the Bay Oktoberfest – Tampa Bay, FL – October 23-25, 2015
The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest located at Tampa Bay Downs. German food, beer, arts and crafts, carnival, and contests including keg toss, stein holding and barrel rolling. Live music and dancing. Join 20,000 visitors to this long running tradition. Admission is $5. Kids and Military ID get in for free.
Location: Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Rd Tampa, FL 33626
Vero Beach Oktoberfest & Music Jam 2015 – Vero Beach, FL – October 24th, 2015.
Locateed at the Indian River County Fairgrounds 7955 58th Ave Vero Beach, FL 32967. 11am to 10pm with $3 admission 10 years and older. HUGE music festival with the Oktoberfest theme. 5 bands on stage, vendors, FOOD, BEER, cash prize contests, 150+ Classic Car show, Huge kids zone, camping and a large bonfire at dusk called the Vero Beach Oktoberfest Bonfire Jam with the start of another band!
Dunedin Brewery Oktobeerfest – Dunedin, Florida – October 1-4, 2015
Always the first full weekend in October. It is a four day event with activities from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday is typically Heritage night, where they only fill Literstein mugs, so bring yours from a prior year or be prepared to purchase this years edition. Friday evening’s Street Party for the first Friday and Saturday “Street Gathering”.
Location: 937 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, Florida
GIPA Oktoberfest – Miami, FL – October 10, 2015
GIPA’s 24th Annual Oktoberfest is family-friendly Oktoberfest and features carnival rides, game booths with prizes, German food and drink, delicious baked goods, entertainment, activities for kids, and more. Admission and parking are free. Tickets for rides/games/food are $1.00 per ticket.
Location: German American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., Miami, FL 33175
Jaxtoberfest – Jacksonville, FL – October 9-10, 2015
Panama City Oktoberfest – Panama City Beach, FL – October 16-17, 2015
Beer garden with Bavarian music sponsored by the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board. This will be the 31st annual event, held on Friday from 4 to 10 PM and Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM. Location: 413 Harrison Avenue, Panama City FL
Las Olas Octoberfest – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – October 17, 2015
Location: Huizenga Park, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
German American Society of Pinellas Oktoberfest – Pinellas Park, FL – Sept 25-26, Oct 2-3 & 9-10, 2015
Finchtoberfest – Bradenton, FL – Sept 19, 2015
Oktoberfest in Memorial Park – Jacksonville, FL – October 4, 2014
Come out Saturday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm for this awesome party benefiting the historic Memorial Park. Local craft beers and German beers are featured from Intuition Ale Works, Aardwolf, and Veterans United. Purchase giant pretzels from Mellow Mushroom or great foods from Jax Truckies including German dishes from Bold City Pops, Delish Kebobs, Jalapeno Trucks, Son of a Butcher, and Super Food Truck. Music provided by the Swinging Bavarians include traditional Oktoberfest songs, yodeling, slap-dancing, and of course Oompah beats. Activities include pretzel toss, beer stein races, and stein holding contests. Dress up in dirndl and lederhosen to enter the King and Queen of Oktoberfest contest. Tickets are $35 online or $40 at the door which include a souvenir beer stein full of your favorite brew and a giant pretzel. Location: 1620 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, Florida.
Oktoberfest VIP Preview Party – Jacksonville, FL – October 3, 2014
This is a private Oktoberfest event for Memorial Park Association donors. Becoming a donor is easy (see website). Buy your tickets in advance. Event tickets include all you can eat authentic German foods, locally brewed Oktoberfest beers, giant pretzels, and live oompah music by the Swinging Bavarians. Party happens Friday night from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Location: 1620 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, Florida.
Perdido Key Oktoberfest – October 3-4, 2014
Fifth annual family friendly event.
Vitamin C Octoberfest Miami – Miami – Sept 27, 2014
3rd annual event on Saturday from noon until 11 pm. Early bird tickets before Aug 17th are $20. General admission is $36.
Location: Marlins Park
Cocoa Village Oktoberfest – Cocoa, FL – October 11, 2014
It includes a Miss Oktoberfest contest, braut eating competition and corn hole tournament. Plenty of food, games and fun. Free admission.
Tierra Verde Oktoberfest – Saint Petersburg, FL – October 25, 2013
Oktoberfest community party with market and beer garden. No information about the party on the Black Forest website but it is on several other community event websites.
Location: Black Forest Cottage Restaurant, 1120 Pinellas Bayway
Viera Fall Festival & Oktoberfest – Viera, FL – October 26-26, 2013
First annual event with German food, beer and music. Wizard of oz themed costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, hay rides and arts & crafts.
Location: 2700 Judge Fran Jameson Way, Viera
Avon Park Oktoberfest – Avon Park, FL – October 12, 2013
This event has been held annually for more than five years. It is a one day festival at the Mile-Long Mall on Main Street. They have a Bavarian Olympics competition, wiener dog races and classic car show.Bounce houses and other kids’ activities make this a family friendly event. Live rock music, Oompah music and food vendors. Shop from the unique and handmade products of the arts and crafts vendors. The date for this event was announced in August last year.
St. Peter Catholic Parish Oktoberfest – Deland, FL
A four day carnival that acts as a fundraiser for St. Peter Catholic Church. They have food, drinks, rides, bingo and products for sale. In 2013, it was held the first weekend in October.
Melbourne Oktoberfest – Melbourne, FL
This event was canceled in 2013. We aren’t sure why. Status for 2014 is uncertain.
Stuart Oktoberfest – Stuart, FL
There has been no word on their Facebook page since 2012 so unless we see other evidence of life soon this one will enter the deadpool.
Downtown Orlando Oktoberfest – Orlando, FL
Location: 123 E. Livingston, Orlando Florida
Winter Park Village Beertoberfest – Orlando, FL
Location: 400 North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Craft Beer Oktoberfest – Tampa – October 20, 2013
Location: Raymond James Stadium
We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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