Grab your beer stein and get ready to party. Oktoberfest season is here and we’ve found plenty of flowing beer, goofy games and opportunities to eat, drink and celebrate all things German. Prost!
Curtis Hixon Park
Tampa’s waterfront park transforms into a giant beer garden with traditional dancing, live music, Bavarian games, stein hoisting, keg stacking, tug of war, brat toss and carry the wench. $10, $25 weekend. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday , 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 397-8722.
Heights Fall Festival
Bring non-perishable food items to this seasonal festival with a pumpkin patch, children’s activities, games, Oktoberfest beer samples, live music, vendors, face painting and a food drive. No cover. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-3725.
Taste 25 local craft beers and vote for your favorite at this festival with a barbecue dinner, face painting, raffle and an auction. Benefits the Epilepsy Services Foundation. $25-$30, $20-$25 students, $5 15 and younger. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Southern Brewing & Winemaking Supplies, 4500 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 374-8907.
Experience the sights, sounds and “suds” of Oktoberfest at the October installment of Brews and Bites with a fleet of food trucks. Free (food/drink additional). 6-11 p.m. Friday. 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-7355.
Rum revelry at Bahama Breeze’s take on Oktoberfest nightly through Oct. 28, with rum-inspired specialty cocktails, drink specials, rum-infused menu, and a special RumBash Friday party each Friday through Oct. 26. Drink and food prices vary. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Bahama Breeze at the Brandon Mall, 805 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon. (813) 681-0904.
A social meet and greet with German food, live music, dancing and themed activities. Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20. Bayshore Presbyterian Church, 2515 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-3771.
Upper Tampa Bay Chamber
The large annual Oktoberfest celebration includes music, dancing, German style food, festival foods, beer, a midway carnival, games for kids and competitions including stein holding, log sawing and keg tossing. This year adds weiner dog racing and a Volkswagen car show (Oct. 21). $5, 12 and younger/verterans free. 5-11 p.m. Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 20, noon-7 p.m. Oct. 21. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road , Tampa. (813) 855-4233.
Day-long German celebration with bounce houses, rock climbing, face painting, live “oom-pah” music, food and a beer tasting. Free, $7-$8 (dinner). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace. (813) 988-4025.
German American Society
Known as “Tampa Bay’s most authentic Oktoberfest,” join the German American Society of Pinellas for live oompah music, keg tappings, a parade, dancers, imported beers, authentic cuisine and German vendors. Benefits the society. $10, 12 and younger free. 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 238-8201.
Oktoberfest On the Beach
Live music and dancing all day with food, music, arts and crafts for sale, stein carrying, keg throwing, silent auction and activities for kids during kinderfest. Free (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Kolb Park, 16th Avenue and Bay Palm Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach. (727) 400-6672.
Family Fall Festival
Midway rides, games, music, food, an over-sized flea market, craft beer and sports tent, live entertainment and raffles. Benefits Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Free (food/ride/game tickets extra). Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. (727) 733-3776. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 11, 3-11 p.m. Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14.
German-themed party with a Halloween twist. German sausages, unlimited beer and wine, food from area restaurants, spooky party games, haunted photo booth, live music, dancing and a costume contest. Benefits Santa’s Angels. $30, $25 with a new toy. 6-10 p.m. Satuday. Friendship Park, 164th Avenue and Second Street, Redington Beach. (727) 631-1737.
St. Petersburg’s new Oktoberfest party features live music by 15 bands, German food, contests, a Lederhosen dance off, games, axe throwing, raffles and giveaways. Benefits the Arts Conservatory for Teens. $10, $35 bottomless beer. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4562.
Nightly German music, food and dancing, face painting, balloon twisters (Tuesdays), the Hofbrau Hauswives Afterhours Drag Show (Thursdays) and Bier Olympics (Fridays and Saturdays through this weekend). Kids can get into the Bier Olympics action with root beer chugging, belching contests and a chicken dance off. Through Oct. 21. No cover. 4-10 p.m. today and Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday and Oct. 19-20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 21, 4-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. 123 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 898-3333.
St. Pete Beach
The fall German festivities make their way to St. Pete Beach for the inaugural celebration along Corey Avenue, with smoked sausages, roast meats, sauerkraut and pretzels, beer, music from Alpine Doc and Fraulein Gretel, and Bavarian folk dancers. Free (food/drink additional). 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 20-21. Corey Avenue, 300 Block of Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach.
A German biergarten is filled with food vendors, arts and crafts, continuous music, dancing, games, keg tappings and contests. Free. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 19-20, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 21. Downtown Tarpon Springs, Orange Street Between Safford and N Pinellas Avenues, Tarpon Springs. (727) 946-5610.
Oktoberfest-themed costumes encouraged for these 5K, 10K and Craft Beer Challenge runs with out and back courses on the Pinellas Trail. Everyone 21 and older gets an Oktoberfest beer and admission to the Edgewater Park Seafood Festival. All finishers take home the coveted beer keg medal. Benefits Finish Lines for Scholarships. $35. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 20. Bauser’s Smoke Free Pub, 520 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 226-7223.
Celebrate with dancing to live German and contemporary music, food and drink in the bier garten and food truck on site. Also, arts and crafts, children’s activities and a raffle. Benefits Heaven on Earth for Veterans. No cover. 4-9 p.m. Oct. 20. Downtown Tierra Verde Parking Lot, 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg. (727) 458-7177.
Prost! Show Us Your Stein
Bring a unique German beer stein for a fill up with your choice of German lager. Price based by stein size. Prizes awarded for best steins. No cover. 2 p.m.-midnight Oct. 20. Rapp Brewing Co., 10930 Endeavor Way, Seminole. (727) 692-7912.
Brooksville German American Club
Dress in traditional German attire or casual clothing for a German dinner with dancing to music by the Manni Daum Trio. BYOB welcome. $22, 18 members. 4:30-10 p.m. Friday. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. (352) 688-3744.