Our comprehensive Florida Oktoberfests calendar is updated frequently. Note that many German-American clubs schedule their event over multiple weekends, starting as early as late September.
Last year’s Oktoberfest plans were thrown out of whack by multiple hurricanes that crossed the state, and there is no guarantee the same won’t be true this year. So far, sponsors are looking at a normal year.
September Florida Oktoberfests
Hollywood Oktoberfest (1st Weekend), Sept. 23, 2023
German American Society of Greater Hollywood. The first of three Oktoberfest celebrations this fall at the society’s clubhouse, 6401 Washington Street in Hollywood. Hours: 6-11 pm. Music by: Chet Banach; Entertainment: Original Auerhahn Schuhplatter. Web site: germanamericanclubhollywood.org
Oktoberfest of Oveida, Sept. 28-30, 2023
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 fare. Entertainment: Orlando Trachtenverein Dancers; The Kings Guys Oktoberfest Brass Band; Licorice Sticks Entertainment. Hours: Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Center Lake Park Amphitheatre, 357 Center Lake Lane, Oveida, FL Admission is free.
Oktoberfest at Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Sept. 29-30, 2023.
Family-oriented event with German traditions and food. Enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer, wine, a German band, the High Steppers, clowns, children’s rides. Sponsored by Mid Bay Bridge Rotary. Friday, Sept. 23 — 5-10 pm, Saturday, Sept. 24 — 11 am-10 pm Admission is free. Web site: midbayrotaryclub.org
Oktoberfest of Pinellas County (1st Weekend), Sept 29-30, 2023
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, 8098 66th St N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 Admission $10. (12 and under free) Friday (all 3 weekends) — 5-10 pm. Saturday (all 3 weekends) — 5-10 pm. Phone: 727-350-6520. Email: email@example.com Web site: germantampa.com
Oktoberfest on 2nd Street, Fort Pierce, Sept. 30, 2023
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. 2-11 p.m. Free Admission, free parking in Downtown City Parking Garage, west of the railroad tracks. Web site: sailfishbrewingco.com
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October Florida Oktoberfests
Central Florida Oktoberfest I, Oct. 7, 2023
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. 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry, FL Web site: orlandogermanclub.com
Oktoberfest of Pinellas County (2nd Weekend), Oct. 6-7, 2023
The 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, 8098 66th St N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 Admission $10. (12 and under free) Friday (all 3 weekends) — 5-10 pm. Saturday (all 3 weekends) — 5-10 pm. Phone: 727-350-6520. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: germantampa.com
Oakland Park Oktoberfest, Oct. 7-9, 2023
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, including stein races, beer barrel races, apple strudel eating contest and more. Event will be held, rain or shine. Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. Presented by the Funky Buddha Brewery. Web site: oaklandparkfl.gov
Jacksonville Beaches Oktoberfest, Oct. 6-7, 2023
Jacksonville Beach’s two-day festival features German beers, three stages with live entertainment, food trucks, a 100-foot ferris wheel and more. Seawalk Pavilion, 75 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach. Admission is $25 per day; $35 both days. (Advance-sale discounts available). Web site: beachesoktoberfest.com
Hollywood Oktoberfest (2nd Weekend), Oct. 7, 2023
German American Society of Greater Hollywood. Oktoberfest celebrations on three Saturdays this fall at the society’s clubhouse, 6401 Washington Street in Hollywood. Hours: 6-11 pm. Music by: Bob Houston. Entertainment: Pure Dynamics Dance Studio Cloggers Web site: germanamericanclubhollywood.org
Mount Dora Oktoberfest, Oct. 7, 2023
Mount Dora will have traditional German beer and food from Hollerbach’s, the popular German restaurant in Sanford. The event is sponsored by the Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina Boat Rentals. Web site.
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Flora-Bama Oktoberfest, Oct. 9, 2023
“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 at 5 pm. New Orleans-based polka band takes the stage at 4 pm. Web site: florabama.com
Transforms Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Drive, into a beer garden with live music, dancing, beer and games, mustache competition. Admission: $10 for Friday, 4 pm – 11 pm; $20 for Saturday, 11 am-11 pm & Sunday, 11 am-6 pm Web site: oktoberfesttampa.com
Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches, Oct. 13-15 & Oct. 20-22
The 49th 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. American German Club, 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Hours: Friday, 6-11 pm; Saturday, 2-11 pm; Sunday, 12-8 pm. Tickets: Adults, $10-12; Children, $7. This event often sells out in advance. Buy your tickets in advance. Web site: americangermanclub.org
Oktoberfest on the Beach, Indian Rocks, Oct. 14, 2023
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. Free admission. 12 noon until 6 p.m. Kolb Park, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785. Web site: www.irbaction2000.com
Panama City Oktoberfest, Oct. 13-15, 2023
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. 3-day general admission, $20; 3-day beer and stein pass (includes admission), $39; Unlimited beer and stein pass, $79/day. Web site: visitpanamacitybeach.com
Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest, Sanford, beginning Sept. 16
Hollerbach’s has live Germain music seven days a week, so this popular German restaurant with its tradition German beer hall atmosphere has an Oktoberfest party every day. Hollerbach’s is also participating in Oktoberfest events held elsewhere. Hollerbach’s kicks off the season on Sept. 16 with a ceremonial keg tapping of its special brewed Paulaner Festbier.
Sarasota Rocktoberfest, Oct. 13-15, 2023
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. JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236. Web site: paragonfestivals.com/festival/sarasota-rocktoberfest
Oktoberfest Miami (2 Weekends): Oct 13-15, 20-22, 2023
Celebrating authentic German culture, including German beers, live German music and folks dancing, German food. The original and longest-running Oktoberfest in Florida. German American Social Club of Greater Miami, 11919 SW 56th Street, Miami. Admission $10 for adults. Friday: 6 pm-midnight; Saturday: 1 pm-midnight; Sunday: 12 noon-10 pm. Web site: gascmiami.org
Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest, Oct. 20-22, 2023
German celebration with food, drinks, music, competitions for Stein Holding, Log Sawing, Keg Tossing, and Barrel Rolling. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL 33626. Friday: 5-11 pm; Saturday: 11 am-11 pm; Sunday: Noon-6 pm. Web site: business.utbchamber.com
Hollywood Oktoberfest (Weekend 3): Oct. 21, 2023
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. Hours: 6-11 pm. Music by: Bob Houston; Entertainment by Original Auerhahn Schuhplatter. Web site: germanamericanclubhollywood.org
Vero Beach Oktoberfest, Oct. 21-22
Traditional Oktoberfest celebration under a 15,000 sq-ft tent at the Indian River Fairgrounds. Billed as the “biggest party on the Treasure Coast”, the event features one-litre mugs of German beers and roaming “Schnapps Girls”. Arts and crafts village features 125 vendors. Admission $5. Free parking. Saturday, 11 am-10 pm. Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. Indian River Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave Vero Beach, FL 32967. Web site: verobeachoktoberfest.com
Cape Coral Oktoberfest (two weekends): Oct. 20-22, Oct. 27-29, 2023
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. German American Social Club of Cape Coral, 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL 33991. Admission: $10. Friday, 4-11 pm; Saturday, Noon-11 pm; Sunday, 11 am-8 pm. Web site: gasc-capecoral.com
Celebration (FL) Oktoberfest, Oct. 20-21, 2023
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. Celebration Town Center, Sycamore Street, Celebration, FL. 5-10 p.m. both days. Web site: celebrationtowncenter.com
Central Florida Oktoberfest (2nd weekend), Oct. 28, 2023
The German American Society of Central Florida sponsors two Oktoberfest festivals (Oct. 7 & 28) with live entertainment, dancing, stein-holding contests, beer, bratwursts, potato salad, pretzels and bounce houses for children. “The most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in Florida.” German American Society, 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry, FL 32707. Admission $5. Friday: 5 pm – 10 pm. Saturday: 12 noon to 10 p.m. Web site: orlandogermanclub.com
Oktoberfest at your local craft brewery
Throughout October, Florida’s 330-plus craft breweries offer special Oktoberfest beers in their tasting rooms, and many expand the celebration to their parking lots and outdoor biergarttens with live music and authentic German flavor.
We’ve compiled a comprehenisve list of Florida craft brewers and brewpubs with phone numbers and links to their home pages for details.
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