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35 ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Tampa Bay area

The oompah of the annual holiday has arrived.
Oktoberfest 2019 at the German American Club of the Palm Beaches. This year's Oktoberfest festivities start cranking up this week in the Tampa Bay area.
Oktoberfest 2019 at the German American Club of the Palm Beaches. This year's Oktoberfest festivities start cranking up this week in the Tampa Bay area.
Published Sep. 16

Wear lederhosen, swing a beer stein, dance to oompah music and stuff yourself with bratwurst, sauerkraut and pretzels. Here are 35 ways to party like a German, and celebrate Oktoberfest. Prost!

Oktoberfest: The annual celebration features German food, lagers, games and live music, with half-liter steins available. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1500.

Bratwurst is cooked during the Oktoberfest at Curits Hixon Park in Tampa. This year's festivities will be Oct. 7-9.
Bratwurst is cooked during the Oktoberfest at Curits Hixon Park in Tampa. This year's festivities will be Oct. 7-9. [ Times (2014) ]

Oktoberfest: Enjoy fresh brewed beer, German-inspired food and live music in The Nest. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon Saturday. St. Pete Brewing Co., 544 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-623-4837.

Oktoberfest: The brewery’s biggest party of the year features live music, food, drink and games. No cover. Noon Saturday. Bootleggers Brewing Company, 10256 Causeway Blvd., Tampa. 813-643-9433.

Green Bench Oktoberfest: As Oktoberfest festivities begin in Munich, Green Bench kicks off the celebration with two beer tappings, commemorative steins, German food, games, prizes and live music by the Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band. $45. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-800-7836.

Prost! Oktoberfest: Dust off your stein for this party with five specialty German beers on tap, pretzels, bratwurst and stein-holding competitions. No cover (food/drink additional). 2 p.m. Saturday. BRU Florida Growler Bar, 8729 Gunn Highway, Odessa. 813-328-4721.

Contestants in a 2015 stein-hoisting competition hold large beer steins with their outstretched arm hoping to keep their stein up the longest.
Contestants in a 2015 stein-hoisting competition hold large beer steins with their outstretched arm hoping to keep their stein up the longest. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2015) ]

Oktoberfest: Join the German American Social Club of New Port Richey for dinner, dancing and music. Reservations required. 12:30 p.m. Sunday. TAT Civic Association Inc., 3210 Darlington Road, Holiday. 727-372-2880.

Oktoberfest Celebration Beer Dinner: Indulge in a full German meal with Obatzda, Schweinebraten, Gurkensalat, Sauerbraten, Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte and early-release Oktoberfest beers. Includes dinner and a flight of four beers. $60. 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St., Dunedin. 727-351-5105.

Oktoberfest: Celebrate Oktoberfest with German beer releases, music by the Cadillac Cowboys (6-10 p.m. Friday), Galbraith and Co. (2-5 p.m. Saturday) and Deleon Oktoberfest Band (6-10 p.m. Saturday), German food by Daydreamers Cafe and 511 Food Company and stein-hoisting contests at 8 p.m. both days. No cover (food/drink additional). 6-10 p.m. Sept. 23, 2-10 p.m. Sept. 24. Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Ave. S, Safety Harbor. 727-724-5953.

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Oktoberfest: Wine vs. Beer 5K: This is a family- and dog-friendly timed 5K run-walk through Dunedin. Includes T-shirt, free beer and finisher’s medal. $50. 9 a.m. Saturday. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway. 727-226-7223.

Oktoberfest at Bayboro: Enjoy food specials including spaetzle and brats, games and live music by the Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band (2 p.m.). No cover (food/drink additional). Noon Sept. 24. Bayboro Brewing, 2390 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-767-9666.

Rapptoberfest: The Schnitzel Trailer will be at Rapp, serving up authentic German food. No cover (food/drink additional). 2-7 p.m. Sept. 24. Rapp Brewing Co., 10930 Endeavor Way, Seminole. 727-692-7912.

Oktoberfest: Plant City: A traditional Oktoberfest is combined with a showcase of local businesses. No cover (food/drink additional). 6-11 p.m. Sept. 24. Plant City Main Street, 100 Collins St. N. 813-659-4200.

Oktoberfest: Dress in your finest German attire for this party with a German-themed menu, a traditional oompah band (2-6 p.m.), a stein-holding competition, costume contest and German bier. No cover (food/drink additional). 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 25. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-495-6002.

Dress in authentic German attire for parties across the Tampa Bay area.  Some will even have contests for best dressed.
Dress in authentic German attire for parties across the Tampa Bay area. Some will even have contests for best dressed. [ SHAE HAMMOND | Bay Area News Group ]

Wheel Haus Oktoberfest: The Wheelhouse transforms into an Oktoberfest-style beer tent with German-inspired dishes and the tapping of Fest and German-style biers. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 25-Oct. 2. Wheelhouse, 7220 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-623-0589.

Oktoberfest Weekend: This three-day celebration includes the Pumpkin Oktoberfest release, German beers served in liter pints and boots and a stein-hoisting contest in the beer garden. No cover. Noon-8 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-235-0970.

Dentobeerfest: Oktoberfest: A German-style celebration with beer, German food, games and music. No cover (food/drink additional). 2 p.m.-midnight Sept. 30. Dented Keg Ale Works, 5500 Main St., New Port Richey. 727-232-2582.

OktoberFest: Swing your stein to German music at this celebration of food and beer. $10, 12 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and Oct. 7-8 and 14-15. German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. 727-541-6782.

Oktoberfest: Welcome fall at this party with two craft beer releases, Oktoberfest food and games. No cover. Noon-11 p.m. Oct. 1. Liquid Garage Company, 1306 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey. 727-645-5885.

 Find specials on pretzels of all shapes and forms.
Find specials on pretzels of all shapes and forms. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

Publix Oktoberfest: Publix throws a party with bratwurst specials, pretzels and beer ($5), food and drink specials, free growler with beer purchase, live music, games, giveaways and samples throughout the store. Also taking place at the Preserve Marketplace Shopping Center in Odessa. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 1. Publix GreenWise Market at Water Street, 555 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-221-4121.

Oktoberfest Dade City Brew House: Put on your lederhosen or dirndl and swing a huge stein in celebration of German-style beers at this party with live music by Skinny McGee and the Mayhem Makers and contests for stein holding and best German attire. No cover. Noon Oct. 1. Dade City Brew House, 14323 Seventh St. 352-218-3122.

Oktoberfest: The second annual celebration includes Oktoberfest-style lagers, oompah music by Apple Strudel and Nu Soundz, German food, games, stein hoisting and a best-dressed contest. Pet friendly. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 1-2. Grand Central Brewhouse, 2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-202-6071.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company Oktoberfest: Buff up your dominant arm for a stein-holding competition and wear your lederhosen and dirndl to this celebration of German beer, food and music. Also includes a best-dressed competition and ax throwing. No cover (food/drink additional). 1-7 p.m. Oct. 1-2. Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa. 813-247-1422.

Brewtoberfest: Vote for your favorite October beer while enjoying unlimited samples of local home brew German beer, pumpkin beer and ciders. Benefits the Hernando County Education Foundation. $25. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 1. Craft Life Brewing Company, 6810 Tower Drive, Hudson. 727-378-4530.

Oktoberfest Tampa: The waterfront park is transformed into a giant outdoor biergarten for the 12th annual festival with live music, dancing, a Bavarian food hall, games, contests for stein hoisting, keg stacking and more and a full lineup of German beers. $10, free military/ages 12 and younger. 4-11 p.m. Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-397-8722.

Tampa Riverwalk Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest hits the Riverwalk with a market with food, drinks, local art, handmade gifts and live music. No cover (food/drink additional). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. 813-274-8615.

Oktoberfest: Listen to music by the Polkamanics at the release of the Oktoberfest brew in the taproom with special-edition bottles to-go. No cover (food/drink additional). 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Double Branch Brewing and Bites, 5956 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. 813-492-8800.

The annual Oktoberfest at Marker 48 Brewing in Spring Hill will feature the “running of the wieners” on Oct. 15.
The annual Oktoberfest at Marker 48 Brewing in Spring Hill will feature the “running of the wieners” on Oct. 15. [ Courtesy of Marker 48 Brewing ]

Oktoberfest at Marker 48: Oktoberfest is back with wiener dog races, all-breed dog races, German beers on tap, food trucks, stein-holding competitions, German costume contests and German music by The Low Down Band. Noon-10 p.m. Oct. 15. Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. 352-606-2509.

BarrieHaus Oktoberfest: Dress in your German best and come out for an afternoon or evening of beer stein hoisting, brat tossing, musical chairs, beer puppets, trivia, live German music, a free Marzen and a commemorative stein. $50. 1-4 or 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15. BarrieHaus Beer Co. Biergarten, 1403 E Fifth Ave., Tampa. 813-242-2739.

Oktoberfest Bier Boutique: The celebration has moved back to the cooler weather of October and features beer, German food and Beer Olympics events. No cover, $50-$60 Beer Olympics team of four. 1 p.m. Oct. 15. The Bier Boutique, 465 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-827-2691.

Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest: Enter the Oktoberfest Big Top for an authentic German carnival with a midway, German food, drinks, music, dancing, contests, arts and crafts and a Doxie Derby (2 p.m. Oct. 23 only). $5. 5-11 p.m. Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 22, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 23. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. 813-855-4233.

Oktoberfest at Starkey Market: Bring the family for this celebration of everything German with two professional polka bands, dancing, a kielbasa bus, beer, an ice cream bar, keg tappings and competitions for keg throwing, stein holding, pumpkin pass and more. $10, $25 three days, 8 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 21, noon-10 p.m. Oct. 22, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 23. Starkey Market, 3460 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey.

Oktoberfest in October: Find out who wins the Suncoast Barley Mashers competition at this festival with German music, food and home-brewed beer. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 22. VetterBrew HomeBrew Supply Store, 2705 Cypress Drive, Clearwater. 727-330-3825.

Oktoberfest at Innisbrook: Sip beer from a variety of breweries at this lawn party with DJ dancing, contests, a kid zone and German food. No cover (food/drink additional). 2-6 p.m. Oct. 22. Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. 727-942-2000.

There will be plenty of places to find sausage and sauerkraut in the bay area.
There will be plenty of places to find sausage and sauerkraut in the bay area. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Rocktoberfest: A music-heavy three-day Oktoberfest with beer, family activities and German food. This event is pet friendly. No cover (food/drink additional). 4-10 p.m. Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 30. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg.

Oktoberfest: This year, the traditional German celebration with music, vendors and choice of bratwurst ($10) or hot dog dinner ($8) adds children’s activities including an obstacle course, bounce houses, games, a cake walk and face painting. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29. Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace. 813-988-4025.

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