While Florida might see a lot of traditional fall foliage after summer, there’s one thing you can always count on in October: Oktoberfest. You’ll find festivals across the state celebrating this fun-filled German event with plenty of beer, bratwurst and live music. Skip the expensive flight to Munich and instead visit these lively Oktoberfest events in Florida instead.
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45th Oktoberfest, Lake Worth (Nearby Hotels)
An annual Oktoberfest with two weekends full of family-friendly fun, the American German Club of the Palm Beaches knows how to put on a party. You’ll find live music, dancing, food and beer at this event. Dig into pork schnitzel, potato pancakes and apple strudel or enjoy a glass of Hofbrau beer.
Dates: October 12th – 14th and 19th – 21st, 2018
Cape Coral Oktoberfest, Cape Coral (Nearby Hotels)
Hosted by the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral, this Annual Florida Oktoberfest is one of the largest parties of the year. You’ll find plenty of events that cater to the entire family, with festival tents that include three stages and two dance floors, specialty German food and lots of beverages. Pair your sizzling sausage platter and potato pancakes with imported German Bier and let the kids play games and enjoy rides at the carnival area. There’s also handmade crafts such as souvenirs, beer steins and t-shirts available and plenty of vendors and exhibitors to keep you busy throughout the day.
Dates: October 19th – 21st and 26th – 28th, 2018
14th Annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest, Oakland Park (Nearby Hotels)
Presented by Funky Buddha Brewery, those looking for a good time should head to the 14th Annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest in Oakland Park for a day of live German music, authentic German-style beer and Bavarian cuisine in the Biergarten. Listen to a master yodler, zither and accordion player, show your best moves on the dance floor or enjoy the festival’s amusement rides and carnival games. There’s also a popular Central Bark’s Dachshund Dash and Doggie Fashion Show along with stein races, beer barrel races and an apple strudel eating contest.
Dates: October 5th, 6th & 7th, 2018
Oktoberfest Miami 2018, Miami (Nearby Hotels)
Celebrating its 61st Oktoberfest in 2018, the German American Social Club puts on a lively festival on Miller Drive in Miami’s horse country. Founded in 1949, this festival is the original and longest-running Oktoberfest in Florida and the largest German cultural event in South Florida. Soak up the authentic German culture by enjoying German beers, music, food and folk dancing, then let the kids loose as they play on the bounce houses and watch magicians.
Dates: October 12th – 14th and 19th – 21st, 2018
Oktoberfest Tampa, Tampa (Nearby Hotels)
Held at Curtis Hixon Park, Oktoberfest Tampa is filled with thousands of people celebrating German culture with stein-hoisting attendees enjoying the city’s beautiful waterfront park. You’ll find cold beer, dancing, games and live music, while those looking to impress can try their hand at the Grain Sack Toss, Keg Sacking, Carry the Wench and Corn Hole. Sign up for the Mr. & Mrs Oktoberfest and the Beard & Mustache Competition for serious bragging rights.
Dates: October 12th, 13th & 14th, 2018
Oktoberfest Jacksonville, Jacksonville (Nearby Hotels)
You’re guaranteed a good time at the two-day Oktoberfest Jacksonville event located at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where you’ll find a lively combination of beer, traditional festival fare and German cuisine. In addition to a lineup of fantastic music performers, there will also been stein hoisting, a beer stein race, yodeling contest and barrel racing. Best of all, don’t miss the Weiner dog race and brat eating contest.
Dates: October 12th and 13th, 2018
Oktoberfest Street Celebration, Celebration (Nearby Hotels)
Located in Celebration, the Oktoberfest Street Celebration is a family-friendly event held on Market Street. With live music and German traditions, you and the kids can enjoy everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun. On the 20th is a “Rocktoberfest” with international recording artists taking the stage, while both days offer a chance for families to enjoy hayrides and the picturesque lakeside promenade.
Dates: October 19th and 20th, 2018
Indian Rocks Beach Oktoberfest, Indian Rocks Beach (Nearby Hotels)
Attend this annual Oktoberfest celebrating to enjoy live music and dancing. There’s an art exhibit to explore and a stein carrying and keg throwing competitions, while the kids will delight in the bounce house, face painting, crafts booths, balloon artists and clown entertainment. There’s even a silent auction and a grand prize drawing.
Dates: October 13th, 2018
German American Society of Central Florida Oktoberfest, Casselberry (Nearby Hotels)
Open to the public, the German American Society of Central Florida puts on its own Oktoberfest in its spacious clubhouse located in Casselberry. One of the most authentic celebrations in Florida, attend this celebration to enjoy three live German bands, home-cooked German meals, German dancers and genuine Hofbrau beer.
Dates: October 5th-6th and 26th-27th, 2018