Festivals

Florida Craft Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Calendar

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The explosion of craft beers brewed in Florida over the past few years has been nothing less than astonishing.

A natural outgrowth of that phenomena is the beer festival. It’s not just Oktoberfest anymore!

For the convenience of readers, we have compiled a calendar to craft beer festivals and Oktoberfest celebrations around the state.

We are constantly updating this festival calendar, so if you know about a festival that’s not listed here, let us know about it.

We also invite you to see our comprehensive Florida Craft Brewery Guide.

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Revised and updated 8/1/2018

August 2018

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2018: Key West Brewfest, Key West. More than 150 beers and microbrews are on tap at this 9th annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities. 800-354-4455.

September 2018

Sept. 6-7, 2018: 20th Annual Emerald Coast Beer Festival. 7 pm-Midnight, Seville Quarter, Pensacola.

Sept. 8, 2018: 5th Annual Bruval Craft Beer Festival. Featuring North Florida’s top craft breweries and an unlimited tasting area. 3 Hour Craft Beer Sampling, $35; 4 Hour Craft Beer Sampling, $45; Designated Driver, $10. 12 noon-10 pm. Seawalk Pavilion, 1st St. N, Jacksonville Beach.

Sept. 8, 2018: Florida SMaSH Beer Festival. With roughly 80 beers to sample including one-offs from every brewery involved, there will be something to please everyone. Proceeds go to the Sharing Center. 4-8 p.m. Reiter Park, 301 West Warren Ave., Longwood.

Sept. 15, 2018: South Florida’s 2nd Annual Craft Beer Run. Benefit for Nico’s Promise (Support for family of deceased children) and Sebastian Strong (Racing for a cure to childhood cancer.) The Tank Brewing Company, 5100 NW 72nd Ave, Miami.

Sept. 22, 2018: Swamptoberfest. German-style competitions, German food & drink, and live music by The Europa Band. Admission Free. 210 E Main St, Lakeland.

Sept. 22, 2018: Brew 2 At The Zoo, Celebrate South Florida’s craft beer with samples from at least 25 local brewers while checking out our amazing wildlife. Tickets available online in early August. Advance tickets required. This is a limited-attendance sampling event. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach.

Sept. 28-29, 2018. Oktoberfest. German American Society of Pinellas Park. 5-10 p.m.. Admission $10.. German American Club, 8098 66th Street N, Pinellas Park.

Sept. 28-29, 2018: 24th Oktoberfest at Bluewater Bay. Admission is free. Family-oriented event with German traditions and food. Enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer, wine, a German band, the High Steppers, clowns, children’s rides. Fri. 5-10 pm, Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sept. 29, 2018: Bacon & Brew Fest DeLand. Pigs and brews come together for this festival that celebrates great combinations. It’ll be bacon, beer, music and fun. 125 beverage and food vendors with live music and events. Check out bacon-eating contest. 1 to 7 p.m. Earl Brown Park, 755 S. Alabama Ave. Free admission.

Sept. 29, 2018: Hollywood Oktoberfest I. German American Society of Greater Hollywood. The first of three Oktoberfest celebrations in Hollywood. Clubhouse at 6401 Washington Street, Hollywood

Orlando Oktoberfest — German American Club of Central Florida

October 2018

Port St. Lucie

Oct. 5-6, 2018: Oktoberfest, Port St. Lucie. A celebration of German Culture presented by the City of Port St. Lucie and the German American Club of the Treasure Coast. Numerous food vendors, entertainment and children activities. Fri. 5-10 pm, Sat. 2-10 pm. Free admission. Promenade at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place.

Oct. 5-6, 2018: Oktoberfest, 2nd Weekend. German American Society of Pinellas Park.  5-10 p.m.. Admission $10.. German American Club, 8098 66th Street N, Pinellas Park.

Oct. 6, 2018: October Brewfest for Hospice. The event will feature craft beer from local breweries, live music, food trucks and local vendors.. Admission includes beer sampling and a souvenir sample cup. Admission: Single, $25 Double, $45 6-Pack, $120. 6-9 p.m. Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes.

2018 Dates TBA. Sebring’s Oktoberfest: Bikes, Beer and Bunker Gear. Downtown Sebring.

Oktoberfest Orlando

Oct. 6 and Oct. 27, 2018: Oktoberfest, German American Club of Central Florida. The German American Society of Central Florida sponsors two public festivals in October with live entertainment, dancing, stein-holding contests, beer, bratwursts, potato salad, pretzels and bounce houses for children. “The most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in Florida,” the club promises. 12 noon until 10 p.m. both dates. 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry. 407-834-0574.

Oct. 5-7, 2018: 14th Annual Oktoberfest, Oakland Park. Amusement rides, Bavarian folk dancers, Sepp Diepolder: Master jodler, zither and accordion player, German food and beer are highlights of this Oktoberfest presented by the Funky Buddha Brewery. Admission $5. Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway.

Oct. 7, 2018: Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest, Pensacola. Flora-Bama’s third annual Oktoberfest will feature brats, sauerkraut and a variety of German beer. Stein-hoisting contest. Children are welcome during this family-friendly event. 2-6 p.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive.

Oct. 12-13, 2018: Oktoberfest, 3rd Weekend. German American Society of Pinellas Park.  5-10 p.m.. Admission $10.. German American Club, 8098 66th Street N, Pinellas Park.

Oct. 13, 2018: Hollywood Oktoberfest II German American Society of Greater Hollywood. The second of three Oktoberfest celebrations in Hollywood. Clubhouse at 6401 Washington Street, Hollywood

Oct. 13, 2018: Grovetoberfest. Unlimited samples from local breweries. $44 (General Admission) to $89 (VIP) Regatta Park, 2700 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove.

Oct. 12-13, 2018. Jaxtoberfrest. Three stages of entertainment will feature performers along with a variety of traditional German music and dance. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Shipyard Property on the St. John’s River, 750 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville.

Oct. 13-14, 2018: Beaches Oktoberfest, Jacksonville Beach. Two-day festival features German beers, live entertainment, food trucks, a 100-foot ferris wheel and more. Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion.

Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 19-21, 2018. 45th Annual Oktoberfest, American German Club of the Palm Beaches. The granddaddy of South Florida Oktoberfests and the largest Oktoberfest in the country! Enjoy authentic German Oktoberfest bands, dancing, German food and beer. 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth.

Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 19-21, 2018. 61st Annual Oktoberfest Miami. German American Social Club of Greater Miami. celebrating authentic German culture, including German beers, live German music, German food, and German folk dancing. The original and longest-running Oktoberfest in Florida. Fridays: 6pm until 12 midnight; Saturdays: from 1pm until 12 midnight; Sundays: from 12 noon until 10 pm. Admission $10 for adults. 11919 SW 56th St, Miami.

Oct. 12-14, 2018: 9th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa. Transforms Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park downtown into a beer garden with live music, dancing, beer and games. The festival’s signature beer, Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel, will be brewed by Coppertail Brewing. 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa

Oct. 13, 2018: Oktoberfest on the Beach, Indian Rocks Beach. This beachy version of Oktoberfest features music, food, arts and crafts merchants and contests. Proceeds benefit the community. Presented by Indian Rocks Action 2000. Free admission. Kolb Park, Indian Rocks Beach.

Oct. 20, 2018: Rocky Water Brew Fest, Melbourne. Presented by the Eau Gallie Rotary Club and Intracoastal Brewing Company. No pets, no children, no strollers allowed. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 1452 Highland Avenue.

Oct. 20, 2018: Windermere Craft Beer Fest, Windermere. Organized by the Downtown Business Committee, features unlimited tastings of local craft beer brews, food vendors and live music. Proceeds benefit the Windermere Police Foundation and Florida Brewers Guild. General admission $25; VIP $45. 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Downtown Windermerre. 520 Main Street.

Oct. 19-21, 2018: Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest. German celebration with food, drinks, music, competitions for Stein Holding, Log Sawing, Keg Tossing, and Barrel Rolling. Admission $5; Friday, 5-11 p.m; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Oldsmar.

Oct. 27, 2018: Oct. 13, 2018: Hollywood Oktoberfest III German American Society of Greater Hollywood. The third of three Oktoberfest celebrations in Hollywood. Clubhouse at 6401 Washington Street, Hollywood.

November 2018

November 2018. Dates TBA. 4th Annual Marco Island Craft Beer and Fine Food Fest. General Admission: $50. DD, $30

Nov. 2-3, 2018:  Florida Tap Invitational. The festival features Florida craft breweries exclusively. We have over 40 breweries in attendance and over 100 different specialty beers to sample. General Admission: $55, includes admission to Friday night kick-off party in College Town, unlimited 3oz beer samples on Saturday, a collectible tasting glass. Proof Brewing Company, 644 McDonnell Drive, Tallahassee.

Nov. 10, 2018. 4th Annual Orlando Beer Festival. Craft and premium beers from 45 local breweries and around the world. Plus, wine tasting, interactive games, tasty eats and live music. Festival Park. 2911 Robinson St, Orlando

Nov. 10, 2018. North Miami Brewfest. One-day beer festival featuring some of the best craft breweries. The mission is to help continue to influence brewing science education and innovation for the craft beer industry, brewpubs, and homebrew organizations. General admission $40, includes access to the festival and unlimited sampling; VIP $75. 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Moca Plaza, 770 NE 125 Street, North Miami

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018. St. Augustine Beer Safari Weekend. Sip unique regional brews in some of the most unique and best beer-stocked pubs. Check out the local “Spirit” of St Augustine with private Brewery Tour and Beer Vacation. Includes accommodations, paired meals and trolley passes (but not airfare to St. Augustine.) From $567-$972 per person. Call 1-888-U-GO-BEER or email info@bonbeer.com

December 2018

Dec. 2, 2018: Food, Wine and Beer Festival, Naples. Features more than 50 premium wines and 30 craft beers, along with food from many local restaurants. Saturday night party also includes music entertainment along the street. 436 Bayfront Place, Naples.

Dec. 9, 2018. 3rd Annual Florida Brewers Guild Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Festival. Sample more than 30 delicious barrel-aged and sour beers and ciders, hand-crafted by some of Florida’s best brewers while raising money for the Florida Brewers Guild. 2-5 p.m. Intuition Ale Works, downtown Jacksonville.

January 2019

None scheduled.

February 2019

Feb. 2, 2019 (Unconfirmed). Central Florida Brewer’s Guild Festival. Not your average fest as each brewery has been asked to bring some of their best and rarest offerings or to brew up something special just for the event, you won’t see any core beers at this fest! TBA

2019 Dates TBA: DeLand Craft Beer Festival, DeLand. More than 100 breweries represented, including more than 25 Florida breweries, rare and vintage beers, casks, a cider corner and select imports. Historic Downtown DeLand on E. Indiana Avenue. TBA

2019 Dates TBA. BrewMiami. Organized by Florida International University and the Miami Brewers Alliance to promote locally made beer and the local beer industry. Local restaurants pair food with beer. Riccardo Silva Stadium, 11310 SW 17th St., Miami TBA

2019 Dates TBA. 6th Annual Riverside Craft Beer Festival, More than 100 craft beers from local, regional, and national breweries. Benefit Riveside Rotary Foundation and PedsCare. Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville. TBA

March 2019

March 2, 2019. (Unconfirmed) Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival, Cotanchobee Park, Tampa.

2019 Dates TBA: Naples Craft Beer Fest.

2019 Dates TBA: Hunahpu Day, Sponsored by Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida

2019 Dates TBA: Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, Ocala. The 6th annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival. Benefits Interfaith Emergency Services. Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Avenue, Ocala. TBA

 

April 2019

2019 Dates TBA: Annual Brews with Attitude Beer Festival, 4121 N. 50th Street, Tampa. Event boasts a spread of over 200 beers and ciders, a convoy of food trucks and various other activities to enjoy,

2019 Dates TBA: Brew at the Zoo, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach.Celebrate South Florida’s amazing beer with samples from at least 25 of our local brewers. https://www.palmbeachzoo.org/

2019 Dates TBA: Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, Alachua County Fairgrounds, Gainesville.

2019 Dates TBA: Central Florida Brewfest. 4000 State Road 33 Clermont

May 2019

May 4, 2019: St. Pete Beach Beer Festival. More than 50 beers from Local and National breweries will be available for sampling. St Pete Beach Recreation Center.

May 13-19, 2019: American Craft Beer Week. Events TBA

May 11, 2019 (Unconfirmed): Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest. (Also on Facebook @DelrayCraftBeerFest) Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

2019 Dates TBA: Temple Terrace Craft BrewFest. The Craft BrewFest will feature samples of 70 beers from 30 different breweries. Families welcome. Unlimited water and soda for designated drivers. Woodmont Park, 415 Woodmont Ave., Temple Terrace, FL

2019 Dates TBA: Beer ‘Merica festival. Orlando. (Warning: Link has loud music). 100 American craft beers, live music, food trucks and adult games. Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave., Orlando.

2019 Dates TBA: Brew at the Zoo. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St. Miami

2019 Dates TBA: Ocean Brews and Blues. Blues musicians and 125 craft beers and ciders. Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach.

June 2019

(2019 Dates TBA) June 23, 2018: Coconut Grove Beer Burger Festival, Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, 2985 South Bayshore Drive, Miami. $15-$69 (VIP)

(2019 Dates TBA) June 30, 2018: Free the Whales Craft Beer Festival, Boxelder Craft Beer Market, 2817 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami. Free the Whales is all inclusive with unlimited draught beer and food. All tickets come with a custom festival glass. $12-$80.

(2019 Dates TBA) June 30, 2018: Burger and Brews 2018, Downtown Vero Beach.

July 2019

(2019 Dates TBA) July 21, 2018: Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest, West Palm Beach, South Florida Fairgrounds. It™s summer. And you™re crazy from the heat. If cold beer is what you crave, we have you covered in The Palm Beaches with the Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest.

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