Every year when Germany goes all out in celebration of Oktoberfest on Sept. 21 through Oct. 6 – many merry sorts throughout the Tampa Bay region will also begin to squeeze into their lederhosen and kniebundhosen leisurewear and raise their steins in celebration. Tampa Bay’s largest Oktoberfest’s are filled with the best authentic German food, beer and music that can be found outside of Germany.
Should you choose to join in the fun of Oktoberfest, here are Tampa Bay’s exciting yearly events that honor the true spirit of the German culture, food and beer. – By Barbara Ann
German American Society Oktoberfest
8098 66th St N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
The doors of Tampa Bay’s most “authentic” German Oktoberfest starts up the last weekend of September and runs three consecutive weekends on Friday and Saturday nights. The Societies Oktoberfest Village offers evening fun for the whole family. Authentic German food and sweets. Imported German beer. Live Oompah music with dancing. Events: Schuhplattlers, Parade of Flags, Keg Tapping Ceremony, Masskrugstemmen (beer mug holding contest). Authentic German vendors, nightly raffles with great prizes.
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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
The Tampa side of the bay’s largest Oktoberfest is a three day celebration in early to mid October that starts in the morning and runs into the night. This downtown Tampa waterside fest is filled with German cheer, dancing, singing, and cold German Imported beer. Learn new customs and sing a few songs while drinking your favorite ice cold German brew.
Top O’ The Bay Oktoberfest
Tampa Bay Downs
11225 Race Track Rd.
Tampa, FL 33626
This north Pinellas county Oktoberfest usually takes places the mid or later part of October. The celebration brings the best of Old Bavaria and new Florida together for three full days of authentic German food, drink, music and dancing, along with a spectacular carnival & midway, a great arts & crafts show. All weekend long, you’re invited to get “into the act” by participating in one of the hourly contests on (and around) the Main Stage. This includes: Stein-Holding, Log Sawing, Keg Tossing, Barrel Rolling and more.