Visit a great 2013 Oktoberfest in Florida this year. The 2.2 million German descendants here have a number of options to celebrate at a Florida Oktoberfest. And as long as you aren’t facing a hurricane bearing down upon you in September or October, the weather should be beautiful at these locations:
Oktoberfest Tampa – Tampa Bay, FL – October 11-13, 2013
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 18-20, 2013
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.
Location: Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Rd Tampa, FL 33626
Oktoberfest Cape Coral – Cape Coral, FL – October 18-20 and 25-27, 2013
28th year for this Florida Oktoberfest hosted by the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral. Huge tent and biergarten with 3 stages and 2 dance floors. German food, beer, crafts and carnival area for kids.
Location: 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, FL 33991
German American Society of Central Florida Oktoberfest – Casselberry, FL – October 5 & 26, 2013
German American Society of Central Florida hosts this Oktoberfest open to the public. Biergarten with German beer, authentic German food, live music, folk dancing, flag parade and kid’s fun zone.
Location: 381 Orange Ln, Casselberry, FL 32707
Nikki Beach Oktoberfest - Miami Beach, FL , October 6-7, 2013
German food, beer, and dancing hosted by Nikki Beach.
Location: One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida
Coral Gables Oktoberfest - Coral Gables, FL – October 3-13, 2013
An 11 day German festival with beer, food, live music, yodel contest, nailing contest, brat eating contest and cycle party. Admission is free.
Location: Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL
German American Society Oktoberfest – Hollywood, FL – September 29, October 5 & 12, 2013
3 great Oktoberfests in 2013 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
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
Lantana Oktoberfest – Lake Worth, FL – October 11-13 and 18-20, 2013
40th Oktoberfest with two weekends of family fun. Live music, dancers, food, beer and entertainment. 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 12, 2013
12th annual Oktoberfest with live music and dancing, art exhibit, kinder fest, contests for stein carrying and keg throwing.
Location: Kolb Park, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Avalon Park Oktoberfest – Orlando, FL – October 11-12, 2013
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
Port St. Lucie Oktoberfest – Port St. Lucie, FL – October 4-5, 2013
The German American Club of the Treasure Coast hosts this outdoor event with craft show, food vendors, entertainment and kids activities.
Location: 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St Lucie, Florida 34952
Panama City Oktoberfest – – Panama City Beach, FL – October 4-5, 2013
Beer garden with Bavarian music sponsored by the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board.
Location: 413 Harrison Avenue, Panama City FL
Tallahassee Oktoberfest – Elder Care Services – Tallahassee, FL – October 25, 2013
15th annual Oktoberfest at Mission San Luis. General admission for $55 includes german buffet and live entertainment. VIP tickets with early access, souvenir stein and unlimited refills are $100.
Location: 2518 W. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Florida
Bluewater Bay Oktoberfest - Niceville, FL – September 27-28, 2013
Family friendly event with german food, music, beer and children’s rides.
Location: Marketplace at Bluewater Bay (Winn Dixie Shopping Center)
Celebration Oktoberfest – Celebration, FL – October 25-26, 2013
German music on Friday. Rocktoberfest on Saturday. Hayrides, pumpkin painting, or stroll along the lakeside promenade. Parking and admission are free.
Location: Celebration Town Center, 701 Front St, Celebration, FL 34747
Orlando Oktoberfest – Orlando, FL – September 28, 2013
Beer, brats, live entertainment, schuhplattler dancing and stein holding contests. Free admission but parking is $5.
Location: Bahia Festival Grounds, 2300 Pembrook Dr, Orlando
Intuition Ale Works Oktoberfest – October 6, 2013
The park will be transformed into a beer hall with Oktoberfest beer, German food, live oompah music, beer competitions, games and food trucks. Get your tickets early as they have sold out the past two years. Regular admission is $20 (advance) and $50 for VIP. It’s a fundraiser for the Memorial Park Association.
Location: Memorial Park, Riverside, FL
Las Olas Oktoberfest – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Sept 20-23 & 26-29, 2013
Celebrate Oktoberfest over two weekends with keg tapping, live music, brat eating and beer stein contests, schuhplattler dancers.
Location: Lawn next to Riverside Hotel, 620 Las Olas Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, FL
Perdido Key Oktoberfest – Perdido Key, FL – October 5-6, 2013
German food, beer sampling, root beer garden and oompah band. Free admission until 6 PM when cover charge begins.
Location: 13200 Gulf Beach Highway, Perdido Key, FL
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
Oktoberfest Munich Beer Garden and Craft Beer Walk – Tarpon Springs, FL – October 18-19, 2013
Beer, food, live music, games, crafts and more. October 18th (5pm to 11pm) and October 19th (10 am to 11pm).
Location: Downtown Tarpon Springs on Orange Street and Safford Avenue.
GIPA Oktoberfest – Miami, FL October 12, 2013
The 22nd Annual German International Parent Association Oktoberfest will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from noon – 7 PM. It’s a family-friendly Oktoberfest, featuring carnival rides, game booths with prizes, German food and drink, delicious baked goods, entertainment, activites for kids, and more. Admission and parking is free. Tickets for rides/games/food are $1.00 per ticket.
Location: German American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., Miami, Fla. 33175
Avon Park Oktoberfest – Avon Park, FL – October 12, 2013
Dunedin Brewery Oktobeerfest – Dunedin, Florida
Stuart Oktoberfest – Stuart, FL
Melbourne Oktoberfest – Melbourne, FL
Staff Oktoberfest – Deland, FL
Merritt Island Oktoberfest – Merritt Island, FL
St Pete Oktoberfest – ON HOLD – 8/21/2013 press release
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
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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