28 Oktoberfest celebrations in the Tampa Bay area

The celebrations run through October.
Raise a stein to Oktoberfest celebrations across the Tampa Bay area.
Raise a stein to Oktoberfest celebrations across the Tampa Bay area. [ "LUIS SANTANA | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Sept. 13|Updated Sept. 14

This year, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, will be held Sept. 16 to Oct. 3. Here are 28 ways to celebrate in the Tampa Bay area.

HOB Oktoberfest: Drink original Munich Oktoberfest beers as you enjoy live music and giant soft pretzels. Food/drink additional. Noon-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday (Sept. 15-17). Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway. 727-216-6318.

Oktoberfest at Coppertail: Drink lager out of ceramic steins as you enjoy German food and music. Food/drink additional. 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday (Sept. 16). Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1500.

Stein-hoisting contests are among the Oktoberfest festivities.
Stein-hoisting contests are among the Oktoberfest festivities. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2015) ]

Oktoberfest: A celebration of the tapping of the 2023 Oktoberfest batch. No cover. Noon Saturday (Sept. 16). St. Pete Brewing Co., 544 First Ave. N. 727-692-8809.

Oktoberfest at Woodwright Brewing Co.: Celebrate the tapping of an award-winning Marzen and a variety of other German-style beers. Festivities include live music, stein hoisting, stein races and German food. Branded steins will be available for purchase. No cover. 1-11 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 16), 1-6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 17), 5-11 p.m. Sept. 21, 1-11 p.m. Sept. 22-23, 1-6 p.m. Sept. 24, 5-11 p.m. Sept. 28, 1-11 p.m. Sept. 29-30, 1-6 p.m. Oct. 1. Woodwright Brewing Co., 985 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-238-8717.

Oktoberfest Dinner: Enjoy a meal of bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, green beans, a roll, dessert and coffee or tea. $10. 4-6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 16). St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. 727-849-4330.

Wheel Haus Oktoberfest: A special menu features German food and beers. No cover. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 17) through Sept. 23. Wheelhouse, 7220 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-623-0589.

Ladies Heights Happy Hour Oktoberfest: Women who enjoy Seminole Heights, nonbinary folk and female-identifying friends are invited to gather for beer, conversation, food and friendship. Food/drink additional. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa. 727-480-7461.

Oktoberfest 5K: Run or walk this 5K along the Pinellas Trail, then stick around for a beer. $45. 8 a.m. Sept. 23. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway. 727-216-6318.

Oktoberfest at Bayboro: This two-day celebration features German food, beer, games and music by Apple Strudel and Higher Standards on Sept. 23 and the Jazz Phools on Sept. 24. Food/drink additional, $5 refills. Noon Sept. 23-24. Bayboro Brewing, 2390 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-767-9666.

Oktoberfest Bash: Bring a stein to swing at this traditional celebration. Food/drink additional. 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Bootleggers Brewing Co., 10256 Causeway Blvd., Tampa. 813-643-9433.

Oktoberfest Pre-Party: Dance and sing along as the Northern Sounds Band plays a mix of German music and popular hits. Free. 2-8 p.m. Sept. 24. Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-201-4278.

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Oktoberfest: Raise your glass and indulge in Bavarian food as you dance to music by Stick and Ditty. 21 and older only after 7 p.m. Food/drink additional. Noon-11 p.m. Sept. 29. Common Dialect Beerworks, 5023 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-443-6659.

You'll find bratwurst nearly everywhere during Oktoberfest.
You'll find bratwurst nearly everywhere during Oktoberfest. [ Times (2014) ]

Crooked Thumb Oktoberfest: Feast on bratwurst, schnitzel and pretzels as you sample five new German-style beer releases. Also, visit the festival tent with live polka music and stein hoisting. 2-10 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Ave. S, Safety Harbor. 727-724-5953.

Oktoberfest TBBC: Exclusive tappings of German-style beers, along with German food, live music and contests for best dressed, stein holding and ax throwing. Food/drink additional. 4-9 p.m. Sept. 29. Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 1600 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1422.

Oktoberfest: This annual party, which was voted “Best by the Bay” for German authenticity, features live music, German and domestic beers, traditional German food, keg tapping, a parade of flags and kinder corner for kids. $10, 12 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7. German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. 727-541-6782.

Elks Oktoberfest: Guest chefs Chris Ragusa and Tom Knotts whip up a German feast for this celebration with music by Chris Blackburn, costumes and a 50/50 drawing. RSVP required at 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29. Elks Lodge 708, 3616 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa.

Gulfport Oktoberfest: German festivities stretch all the way down Beach Boulevard. No cover. Noon Sept. 30. Gulfport Brewery and Eatery, 3007 Beach Blvd. S. 727-954-4109.

Brats, Beers and Cheers: Enjoy games, giveaways and samples throughout the store. Also, get a beer and a pretzel for $5 and $1 off every pound of bratwurst. No cover. Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 30. Publix Greenwise Market, 555 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-221-4121.

Prost! Oktoberfest: Dust off your steins and break out your lederhosen for this party with more than six specialty German beers, grilled pretzels and bratwurst, a stein-holding competition and relay races. Food/drink additional. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30. BRU Florida Growler Bar, 8729 Gunn Highway, Odessa. 813-926-8335.

Oktoberfest and Grand Reopening: Sip craft beers as you dance to German-style music by the Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band. No cover. Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 1. Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-201-4278.

Oktoberfest Fun Run: Lace up your running shoes and join Fit 2 Run for a 5K Oktoberfest-themed run. Free. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-495-6002.

Oktoberfest 2023: Grab your custom Woven Water stein for this party with live music, food and a stein-hoisting competition. No cover. Noon Oct. 7. Woven Water Brewing Company, 456 W Columbus Drive, Tampa. 813-443-9463.

de Bine Oktoberfest: de Bine Brewing Co. is hosting a family-friendly Oktoberfest with food, beer and live music. No cover. 1-6 p.m. Oct. 7. Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. 727-233-7964.

Oktoberfest Tampa: Celebrate German cheer with dancing, singing and cold beer. $10. 4-11 p.m. Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Oktoberfest Beer Festival: Beer will be flowing at 3 Daughters Brewing’s party with traditional German food, polka music by The Brussel Sprouts and The Keytunes, a VW car show, games and food trucks. $10-$20, 11 and younger free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14. Albert Whitted Airport, 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. 727-495-6002.

Brewtoberfest: Sample home brew beers and vote for your favorite. Also includes food trucks, raffles and live music. Benefits USF Brewing Arts and other local charities. $25-$30. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 14. Craft Life Brewing, 6810 Tower Drive, Hudson. 727-378-4530.

A log-sawing competition during the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest.
A log-sawing competition during the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest. [ Courtesy of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce ]

Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest: The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce holds this annual Oktoberfest with German food, drinks, music, arts and crafts vendors and contests for log sawing, stein holding and keg hurling. $5, 12 and younger free. 5 p.m. Oct. 20-22. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Racetrack Road, Tampa. 813-855-4233.

Oktoberfest: Enjoy a bratwurst or hot dog meal with a drink in a souvenir cup at this festival with live German music, a 70-foot obstacle course, bounce houses, games, a cake walk, face painting and vendors. $10 bratwurst, $8 hot dog. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28. Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace. 813-988-4025.