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Prost! Here are the biggest Oktoberfest parties in Tampa Bay

Break out your lederhosen, dirndls and beer steins. Oktoberfest brings out the German in all of us with plenty of beer, bratwurst and the sound of oompah ringing through the air. Here are some of the major Oktoberfest celebrations and activities in the area. Send events to


Celebrate Oktoberfest

“Tampa Bay’s most authentic Oktoberfest” by the German American Society of Pinellas features live German oompah music, keg tappings, Gulf Coast Enzianer Schuhplattler Verein Folk Dancers, a variety of imported beers, homemade cuisine and German vendors. $8, 12 and younger free. German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 238-8201. 5 p.m. Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7 and 13-14.

Mastry’s Brewing Oktoberfest

Don your lederhosen (or dirndl), and enjoy autumn beers on tap, beer specials and beer games. No cover. Mastry’s Brewing Company, 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 202-8045. Noon-11 p.m. Sept. 30

Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus

The German music and dancing starts every weekend at 5 p.m. with stein holding competitions at 7 and 9 p.m. and a chicken dance off at 8 p.m. (Sat.). No cover. Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg, 123 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 898-3333. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28.

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Hops for Hospice

Grab your commemorative beer mug and get ready for some serious beer tasting with more than 100 varieties of beer available at ninth annual celebration. Benefits Empath Health and Suncoast Hospice Foundation. 21 or older only. $25 advance, $30 day of event. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 7.

Sgt. Peppers Beatles Oktoberfest

Dress in tie dye and bell bottoms to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles at this Oktoberfest themed party with unlimited beer, wine, cocktails, bratwurst, sausage, roast pig and live music. Benefits Santa’s Angels. $30, $25 with a new, unwrapped toy. Friendship Park, 164th Avenue and Second Street, Redington Beach. (727) 362-3397. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 7.

Dunedin Brewery’s Oktoberfest

Celebrate the change of season at OktoBEERfest with handcrafted, seasonal beers on tap, German food and live music by Voodoo Visionary, Gang of Thieves and others. Free (food/drink additional). Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606. 7 p.m. Oct. 5-8.

Oktoberfest on Main

Nine blocks on Main Street are filled with arts and crafts, German food, live music and a custom car show. Free. Safety Harbor City Hall, 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1572. Noon-10 p.m. Oct. 7.

Tarpon Springs Oktoberfest

A German biergarten will be surrounded by food vendors, arts and crafts, continuous music, dancing, games, keg tappings and contests. Free. Downtown Tarpon Springs, Orange Street Between Safford and N Pinellas Avenues, Tarpon Springs. (727) 946-5610. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 6-7, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 8.


The Fun Club’s celebration features a German dinner including brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad, beets, salad and dessert and more. $15 (advance purchase required). St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-4330. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Vegan Oktoberfest

Join a resident chef to make stuffed cabbage rolls for a vegan Oktoberfest celebration. Free. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703. 11 a.m. Oct. 7.

Oktoberfest Literstein Heritage Night

Litersteins, the traditional one liter glass beer mugs, are required at the release party for this year’s OktoBEERfest Lager. Bring your own or buy one full of beer at the door. Music by Voodoo Visionary. No cover (Litersteins $40, beer $7-$10). Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 5.

German American Club Brooksville Oktoberfest

Dress “trachten” or club casual for this celebration with German music, food and dancing to live traditional music by Manni Daum. Bring your own beverage. $22, $18 members (advance only). Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. (352) 688-3744. 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

Oktoberfest On the Beach

Live music and dancing all day long with food, German music, beer and wine, vendors, arts and crafts for sale, stein carrying, keg throwing, silent auction and activities for the kids during kinderfest. Free (food/drink additional). Kolb Park, 16th Avenue and Bay Palm Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach. (727) 692-7867. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 14.

Oktoberfest Tampa

Tampa’s waterfront park is transforms into a giant beer garden featuring traditional dancing, keg tappings, games, stein hoisting, keg stacking, tug of war, brat toss and carry the wench. $10, $25 weekend. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 397-8722. 4-11 p.m. Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15.

Luis Santana, Times

Casey Kloess-Finley strikes a pose during the stein hoisting competition at the Tampa Oktoberfest at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa in 2015.

Oktoberfest: Family Fall Festival

A family festival with midway rides, games, music, food, an over-sized flea market, 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. 12, 3-11 p.m. Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15.

Fall-O-Ween and Rocktober

Halloween and Oktoberfest combine for this concert featuring a line up of bands with members ages 16 and younger. Line-up includes The Mak Brothers Band, Sick Hot and the Favorite Habit Band. Free. O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 15435 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 961-4092. 8-11 p.m. Oct. 14.

Brews By the Bay

Dive in to the food and drink at this festival as it overflows with endless beer of all types, food from area restaurants, live entertainment and aquarium exhibits on display. Benefits the aquarium’s education, animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. $50 advance, $60 day of; $45 members (through Oct. 12). Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 8-11 p.m. Oct. 13.

Mastry’s Birthday OktoBeerfest

St. Pete Beach’s first and only brewery turns one year old, and guests are invited to celebrate with live music, new beers on tap, food on site, and other local beermakers that helped get the brewery started. No cover (food/drink additional). Mastry’s Brewing Company, 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 202-8045. Noon-11 p.m. Oct. 14.

OktoBeer Olympics

Grab 2 to 5 friends to make a team and compete in cornhole, flip cup and beer pong. Best dressed team takes home a special prize. Benefits charities of Rotary Club of Dunedin. Wristbands: $25 advance, $30 day of event. Includes five drinks. Dunedin Historical Museum, 349 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 433-8642. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 14.

Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest

The large Oktoberfest celebration takes place under a giant Munich style tent with music, dancing, German style food, festival foods, beer, a midway carnival and games for kids and competitions including stein holding, log sawing, barrel rolling and keg tossing. This year adds weiner dog racing and a Volkswagen car show. $5, 12 and younger/verterans free. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road , Tampa. (813) 855-4233. 5-11 p.m. Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 21, noon-7 p.m. Oct. 22.

Ybor Oktoberfest Pub Crawl

Hope among up to 10 of Ybor’s patio bars and pubs on this crawl including a free four-ounce Oktoberfest pour at each stop, pretzels, bratwurst, stein hoisting, beer boots and a costume contest. $25 advance, $35 day of. 5 Star Dive Bar, 1811 N 15th St., Tampa. (813) 248-3712. 2-6 p.m. Oct. 21.

Luis Santana, Times

Tierra Verde Oktoberfest

A bier garten, food, dunk tank, bounce house, auctions and German music by DeLeon. Benefits the Kids with Cancer holiday party. No cover. Downtown Tierra Verde Parking Lot, 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg. (727) 458-7177. 4-9 p.m. Oct. 21.


A traditional German celebration with bratwurst and hotdog meals, dancing to live Oom-pah music, a rock climbing wall, games, bounce houses, horse rides, face painting and craft vendors. Free (food/drink/activities additional). Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace. (813) 988-4025. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28.

Kelly A. Stefani, Times staff writer

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