October starts Friday, and you know what that means: Everything's an Oktoberfest. Here are just the ones planned for this weekend; expect more throughout the month. Know of one coming up? Send us the information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest and the German American Society of Pinellas invites you to join it for German beer and cuisine, folk dancers and music. $6 per day, free for 12 and younger, parking free. 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. German American Society, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 548-5234.
Oktoberfest with Santa's Angels
Celebrate the harvest and the anticipation of cooler weather with German sausages, potato salad, unlimited German beer and wine, and a DJ. $25 advance, $30 at the door. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Redington Beach, Gulf Boulevard and 164th Avenue. (727) 393-0100.
A monthlong traditional fest with German music, beer, karaoke, games and competitions. German-themed attire encouraged. No cover. 4 p.m. today, Double Decker, 1721 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-2099.
Oktoberfest at the Dubliner Irish Pub
The Irish are embracing Oktoberfest this year with a festival featuring German beer, food, clothing and live music. There will be contests to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and giveaways. You'll also get a refillable souvenir beer stein. The first 50 customers to buy tickets can upgrade to purchase a glass liter mug for $10. Admission is $5. 5 p.m. to close Friday, noon-3 a.m. Saturday, Dubliner Irish Pub (South Tampa), 2307 W Azeele St., Tampa. (813) 258-2257.
Get your fill of German food and dance the day away to German music by the DeLeon's (Fri.-Sat.) and '50s-'70s music by Bad Kitty (Sun.). Kids 10 and younger can get into the act with a Hansel and Gretel costume contest. Admission is $2. 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. In a tent next to Crystal River Mall, 1801 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River. (352) 628-7519.
Ybor Oktoberfest Pub Crawl
The crawl begins in the Centro Ybor courtyard, where you pick up your event T-shirt and map of participating pubs. Get a free sample of Oktoberfest or premium beer. $20. 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 241-8838.
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Mac'Toberfest at MacDinton's
Never mind that it's an Irish pub. There will be German beer, drink specials, food, live music and games. The first 125 paid customers each day get a free souvenir stein. From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, a $10 donation will include an all-you-can-drink German beer bar, with other drink specials from 4 to midnight. All donations go to Wheels of Success, a program that helps give cars to people in need. From 2-4 p.m. Sunday, there's also an all-you-can-drink German beer bar for $10. Open 2 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sunday. MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8999.
It starts with the Liter Stein Heritage Night at 5 p.m. today. Liter steins are required at this official release party for Dunedin Brewery's 2010 Oktobeerfest Lager. Bring your own or buy one full of beer at the door for $30. Refills $6 until 2011. Blind Buddy Moody and Ben Prestage play music for the event. No cover. The party continues at 5 p.m. Friday as the First Friday Street Party. The brewery is the hub for the party with the mayor of Dunedin cracking the ceremonial cask, stein-holding contests and music by Full Fledged Unit and Variety Workshop. No cover. The Saturday Street Gathering starts at noon, with the Show & Shine Porsche Show and music by the Aquaphonics (7 p.m.) and the Trio CD Release Party (11 p.m.). Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. (727) 736-0606.
Purchase a one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic beer stein and get free drinks in it. Festival includes arts and crafts, children's activities and music by Mr. Ricky Wilcox, Pasco Lefty, Lee Pons, J.T.O., Uncle Pervy, and the Taints. Benefits the Tampa Bay Harvest to feed the hungry. $1 or nonperishable food donation for admission, beer stein purchase additional. Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Clay Co., 420 22nd St. S. (727) 896-2529.
Treasure Chest Poker and Strokers combine for this fun party with a Texas hold'em tournament, karaoke, corn hole, darts, pool, beer maid costume contest, a yodeling contest, beer stein holding contest and "Das Boot" drinking contest. The Jagerettes will make a visit. Free; fee for some contests. 2 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. Strokers Palm Harbor, 30901 U.S. 19 N. (727) 786-6683.