FLORIDA — Break out your lederhosen and raise your beer steins high! No matter where you live in Florida, you’re probably not far from an Oktoberfest event.
If you’re interested in celebrating German culture, heritage, and, yes, beer, here are some of the state’s biggest Oktoberfest 2021 festivities that you won’t want to miss.
The German American Society of Greater Hollywood, 6401 Washington Street in Hollywood, returns to its annual Oktoberfest Sept. 11 and 25 and Oct. 9 and 23. Enjoy traditional German beer, food and music.
One of the Tampa Bay area’s most popular Oktoberfest events, this year it will take place Oct. 1-2 and 8-9 at the German American Society Friendship Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th Street N., Pinellas Park. In addition to a large variety of imported German beers and traditional dishes, attendees can also enjoy a keg-tapping ceremony, a bier stein holding contest, live music, local vendors and a parade of flags.
This Oktoberfest has moved to the Sanford Civic Center, 401 E. Seminole Blvd., and will also spill out into nearby streets to celebrate German culture through beer, food, music, dance and folk costumes. This year’s festivities take place Oct. 8.
Celebrate German culture along the Hillsborough River at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Oct. 8-10. In addition to the German beer, food and music, as you’d expect, this event also features a number of fun individual and team competitions: stein hoisting, keg stacking, Carry the Wench, tug-o-war, grain sack toss, corn hole and more.
This massive craft beer festival returns to Regatta Park, 3500 Pan American Drive in Miami, Oct. 10. Beer lovers will have more than 500 brews to choose from and will also enjoy beer tastings, live music and other entertainment.
This Panhandle Oktoberfest celebration on Perdido Key takes place at Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Oct. 10. There’s plenty to love about this event, including one free drink for everyone attending and a complimentary German food buffet. Throughout the evening, there will be live music and a stein hoisting competition as well.
The longest running Oktoberfest in Florida – celebrating its 63rd year – returns to the German American Social Club of Greater Miami, 11919 SW 56th Street in Miami, this year. The festivities take place Oct. 15-17 and 22-24.
Cape Coral Oktoberfest
This popular Southwest Florida event celebrates German culture with authentic beers, specialty food, live music, a children’s carnival, handmade crafts, vendors and exhibitors. This year’s Oktoberfest takes place Oct. 22-23 and 29-31.
This community event at Indian Rocks Beach’s Kolb Park, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., offers great German beer, international food, live music and local vendors, as well as the festival’s famous keg throwing and stein carrying contests. This year’s event takes place Oct. 23.
Central Florida Oktoberfest
The German American Society of Central Florida, 381 Orange Lane in Casselberry, usually draws more than 10,000 guests for its annual Oktoberfest event. This year’s celebration takes place Oct. 23 and 30.