Prost! Oktoberfest is hitting the Gulp Coast so we've rounded up the top events in the area celebrating this annual German beer festival. Raise your stein and prepare for parties full of beer, brats and lederhosen.
1 Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Saturday, August 17, 2019 – Sunday, September 8, 2019
On weekends from Aug. 17 - Sept. 8, explore craft beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including over 40 new brews! This festival blends the local Tampa bay craft scene with time-honored traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin. Event access is included with park admission.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Sunday, September 29, 2019
Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your Rapp steins and join the fun at Tampa Bay's first German brewery! Rapp Brewing kicks off their annual Oktoberfest event Saturday, September 21st with 14+ German lagers on tap, stein specials, crowler specials, limited edition Oktoberfest wristbands, t-shirts, costume contests, unique stein contest, literholden, and more! Happening the weekends of September 21-22 and September 28-29.
Friday, September 27, 2019 – Sunday, September 29, 2019
Celebrate all weekend long at Crooked Thumb Brewery with German style food, live music, a stein-hoisting contest, and loads of other Bavarian beer games. Look for the annual release of traditional German style beers including Harborfest, a fest-bier style, returning for the third year. The Deleon Oktoberfest Band will be bringing live music on Saturday night from 7 - 10 p.m.
Happening from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, and 12 – 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday, September 29, 2019 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
Galley up with your dirndls & lederhosen for The Galley's two week Oktoberfest celebration! German Bier & food specials, live music, pretzels & polka! Don't miss the Sam Adams stein hoist tournament with big prizes! Happening Saturday September 27 through October 12.
Jaunt to 3 Daughters Brewing for the ultimate Oktoberfest celebration. Festivities include a costume contest (time to dust off those lederhosen!), stein hoisting competition, and much more! Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door (if not sold out) and include a custom 3 Daughters Brewing Stein, two drink tickets and food. Happening September 29 from 1 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 – Sunday, October 6, 2019
Come out to Florida's oldest microbrewery to celebrate the change of season! This annual event is four days full of seasonal & specialty beers, an exclusive German food menu, and live music throughout the weekend. The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday with Dunedin Brewery's annual Literstein Heritage Night, a once-a-year opportunity to purchase a limited edition mug that will get you discounted fills throughout the year. Free admission all weekend.
Friday, October 4, 2019 – Saturday, October 19, 2019
Tampa Bay's most authentic German Oktoberfest is happening in Pinellas Park on three weekends throughout October – Oct. 4 & 5, Oct. 11 & 12, and Oct. 18 & 19. Don't miss German beer, food, vendors, dancers, music, and bands, Parade of Flags, keg topping ceremony, bier stein holding contest, great raffle prizes and more! Come for the bier, stay for the Gemütlichkeit (cheer). Regular admission is $10, children under 12 are free and free parking available.
Celebrate Oktoberfest beachside at Indian Rocks Beach! This all day beer festival is complete with live music, games, international food and more fun for the whole family. It all goes down from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, October 18, 2019 – Saturday, October 26, 2019
Walk through the doors of this Oktoberfest Village to be transported to a world of family fun, good times and good cheer. Join this three day party with German food, drinks, music, and dancing, plus competitions for Stein Holding, Log Sawing, Keg Tossing, and Barrel Rolling. The festivities kick off on Friday from 5-11 p.m., continue Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and wrap up on Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $5; military and kids 12 and under are free.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Gather your friends and family and come out to Corey Ave in St. Pete Beach. A day full of all things Bavarian including smoked sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and, of course, big pints of beer! Admission is free and goes on from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday & 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday.