Our comprehensive listing of Florida Oktoberfests for 2023 is being updated as new dates are announced by their sponsors, many of which are local German-American clubs, who go all out with authentic German bands, beers and authentic German food.
The listings below are chronologically ranked based on the 2022 schedule, which was turned upside-down when two hurricanes cross the state.
Selections are based on public interest. Contact us with updates via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September Florida Oktoberfests
Wynwood Oktoberfest, Miami.
Seasonal brews, indoors grand “Munich” beer hall, long festival tables, German bands, beer games, authentic food, artisan market. Sponsored by Samuel Adams. Admission is free. Web site: wynwoodoktoberfest.com
Oktoberfest of Oveida
Wear your best German attire at the Center Lake Park Amphitheatre and Cultural Center for a 3-day German themed celebration. Event features live music, beer, wine, authentic German dancing, German food, and an additional area with non-German faire. Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/oviedo-oktoberfest-2022-tickets-382946141217
Oktoberfest at Bluewater Bay, Niceville.
Family-oriented event with German traditions and food. Enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer, wine, a German band, the High Steppers, clowns, children’s rides. Admission is free. Sponsored by Mid Bay Bridge Rotary. Friday, Sept. 23 — 5-10 pm, Saturday, Sept. 24 — 11 am-10 pm Web site: midbayrotaryclub.org
Maps: Bluewater Bay, Niceville.
Hollywood Oktoberfest Weekend 1, Hollywood, FL.
German American Society of Greater Hollywood. The first of three Oktoberfest celebrations this fall at the society’s clubhouse, 6401 Washington Street in Hollywood. 4 p.m. – Midnight. Music by: Chet Banach; Entertainment: Original Auerhahn Schuhplatter. Web site: germanamericanclubhollywood.org
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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.” Admission $5. 12 noon to 10 p.m. Web site: orlandogermanclub.com
Oktoberfest of Pinellas County (Three weekends)
The Large variety of imported German and domestic beers, traditional German foods, desserts and coffee. Keg tapping ceremony, Parade of flags, Bier stein holding contest. Raffle, traditional and modern music, vendors. German American Friendship Society of Pinellas. Admission $10. (12 and under free) Friday (all 3 weekends) — 5-10 pm. Saturday (all 3 weekends) — 5-10 pm Web site: germantampa.com
Oktoberfest on 2nd Street. Fort Pierce
All things Bavarian at this 2nd Street block party in Fort Pierce’s Downtown Historic District hosted by Sailfish Brewing Company and 2nd Street Bistro. Live music from popular local bands throughout the day. 12 noon-11 p.m. Free Admission, free parking in Downtown City Parking Garage, west of the railroad tracks. Web site: visitstlucie.com/events
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Live German music, authentic German-style beer and food in the Biergarten. The Dachshund Dash will take place on Saturday of the weekend. Field games and activities each day at the Beschäftigungsfeld, including stein races, beer barrel races, apple strudel eating contest and more. Event will be held, rain or shine. Presented by the Funky Buddha Brewery. Web site: oaklandparkfl.gov
Transforms Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park downtown into a beer garden with live music, dancing, beer and games, mustache competition. Admission: $10 per day; $25, 3 days. Friday, 4 pm – 11 pm Saturday, 11 am – 11 pm , Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm Web site: oktoberfesttampa.com
Hollywood Oktoberfest Weekend 2, Hollywood, FL.
German American Society of Greater Hollywood. Oktoberfest celebrations on three Saturdays this fall at the society’s clubhouse, 6401 Washington Street in Hollywood. 4 pm-midnight. Music by: Bob Houston. Entertainment: Pure Dynamics Dance Studio Cloggers Web site: germanamericanclubhollywood.org
The 48th annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the American German Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth returns to its former glory in 2022 after the pandemic disruption. Enjoy two full weekends of authentic German Oktoberfest bands, dancing, German food and beer. Web site: americangermanclub.org
Beaches Oktoberfest. Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville Beach’s two-day festival features German beers, three stages with live entertainment, food trucks, a 100-foot ferris wheel and more. Admission is $20 per day; $30 both days. VIP passes available. Featuring Corey Smith & Inner Circle. Web site: beachesoktoberfest.com
Indian Rocks Beach. Live music, great beer, international food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, our famous Keg Throwing and Stein Carrying contests, and a 50/50 Raffle all day long. 12 noon until 6 p.m. Web site: www.irbaction2000.com
Flora-Bama Oktoberfest, Perdido Key
“Family friendly” event at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key. Complimentary German food served at 4 pm until its gone. Menu includes Beer Brats, Sauerkraut, and German Potato Salad. Stein hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams begins at 5 pm. New Orleans-based polka band takes the stage at 4 pm. Web site: florabama.com
Map: 17401 Perdido Key Dr.Perdido Key, FL.
Panama City Oktoberfest. Panama City.
Three days of German beer, food, music, as well as activities for kids and families at Aaron Bessant Park. Features a massive 150′ x 50′ tent decorated like the authentic Oktoberfest tent in Munich, Germany, as well as two outdoor beer gardens and a VIP section under the tent. Web site: visitpanamacitybeach.com
Map: Aaron Bessant Park
Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest, Historic Downtown Sanford
A festival celebrating German food, beer, music, dance, folk costumes and Gemütlichkeit! This year we have moved the party to the Sanford Civic Center and surrounding streets, just a block away from our Willow Tree Café German restaurant! 6-10 pm. Web site: hollerbachs.com
Where: Sanford Civic Center, 401 E Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL
Sarasota Rocktoberfest, Sarasota
A different twist on the traditional, this festival sponsored by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association leans to rock music. Dine on German foods like Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (Sausages), Brezen (pretzels, Knodel), Kasespatzel (cheese noodles), sweet mustards, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more. Admission free. Web site: paragonfestivals.com/festival/sarasota-rocktoberfest
Map: JD Hamel Park.
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. Admission $10 for adults. Fridays: 6 pm-12 midnight; Saturdays: from 1 pm-12 midnight; Sundays: from 12 noon-10 pm. Web site: gascmiami.org
Map: 11919 SW 56th St, Miami.
German celebration with food, drinks, music, competitions for Stein Holding, Log Sawing, Keg Tossing, and Barrel Rolling. Friday: 5-11 pm; Saturday: 11 am-11 pm; Sunday: Noon-6 pm. Web site: business.utbchamber.com
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.” Admission $5. Friday: 5 pm – 10 pm. Saturday: 12 noon to 10 p.m. Web site: orlandogermanclub.com
Hollywood Oktoberfest III, Hollywood, FL.
German American Society of Greater Hollywood. Oktoberfest celebrations to be held on three Saturdays in 2022 at the society’s clubhouse, 6401 Washington Street in Hollywood. 4 pm-midnight. Music by: Bob Houston; Entertainment by Original Auerhahn Schuhplatter. Web site: germanamericanclubhollywood.org
Three stages, two dance floors with non-stop live bands on two weekends in October. Extensive menu of German specialties. U.S.-based German bands scheduled for both tent and biergarten venues. Full slate of authentic German beers has been confirmed. Friday, 4-11 pm; Saturday, Noon-11 pm; Sunday, 11 am-8 pm. Web site: gasc-capecoral.com
Autumn leaves fall on Market Street each day at 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. Music by Bryan Malpass on Friday, Oct. 21, and Cat Ridgeway & The Tourists on Saturday, Oct. 22. Free parking and free admission. 5-10 p.m. both days.
Web site: celebrationtowncenter.com
. Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest, Historic Downtown Sanford
Postponed from Oct. 14 A festival celebrating German food, beer, music, dance, folk costumes and Gemütlichkeit! Will still be held at the Sanford Civic Center and surrounding streets, just a block away from Hollerbach’s German restaurant! Admission is free; free parking provided by the city. Friday November 4, 5-10 pm; Saturday November 5, 12-10 pm; Sunday November 6, 12-6 pm. Web site: hollerbachs.com
Grovetoberfest. Coconut Grove
Selection of the top 100 local craft beers, tastings, live music, and some of our annual favorite features! Festival has moved to Regatta Park. 2-5 p.m. Web site: grovetoberfest.com
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