Time to don your lederhosen, dust off your bier steins and practice your German because Oktoberfest season is officially here. If you can’t make it all the way to Munich to celebrate the real Oktoberfest, there are plenty of events around town to make up for it. So, fill your stein and say “prost!” (that’s “cheers” in German) as we’ve rounded up a guide to Oktoberfest events in and around the Tampa Bay area.
And enjoy the rest of the season at these Tampa Bay Fall Festivals.
Updated September 2023
Oktoberfest Events in Tampa and Hillsborough
Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 11am-12am
Coppertail Brewing Co., Tampa
Head to Coppertail for their annual Oktoberfest celebration! There will be German brews, games, and food. Handmade ceramic steins will be available for purchase along with specialty priced pours.
Saturday, September 16-Saturday, September 30, 2023
Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa
Kick off one of the biggest beer festivals in the world at The Independent! This two-week long event will feature some of the most celebrated and classic Oktoberfest brews from Hofbrauhaus, Paulaner, Barriehaus, and many more. They’ll also offer Bavarian food specials, including the return of the Sausage Party!
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 10am
World of Beer Westchase
Come out to Westchase for German beers, brats, and pretzels! Participate in the WOB Beer Games from 10am-12pm (email email@example.com to register), enjoy live music, compete in a Lederhosen/Beer Maid Costume Contest, and more! First place winner of the WOB Games wins free beer for a year!
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 3pm
Bootleggers Brewing Company, Tampa
Come out for the biggest event of the year! There will be live music, food, games, and of course, beer.
Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 6pm-10pm
Downtown Plant City
Enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest with a few signature touches during Plant City’s second annual Oktoberfest! There will be live music, a biergarten, weingarten, delicious German food, exhibitors, axe-throwing, a people’s choice brat competition, costume contest, and more! You can even snag a limited-edition collection stein.
Friday, September 29-Sunday, September 30, 2023
Common Dialect Beerworks, Tampa
Celebrate Common Dialect’s first Oktoberfest! Family and friends welcome until 7pm but then it’s 21 and up. Enjoy German style beer, Bavarian fare, live music, and more!
Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2023
Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Westchase
Head to TBBC Westchase for a celebration of beer, food, and music! There will also be a competition to find out who deserves the title of TBBC Oktoberfest Champion. Enjoy exclusive tappings of traditional German-style beers, traditional German food with a Florida twist, stein-holding competitions, and axe-throwing by Stumpy’s Hatchet House. There will also be a best-dressed competition, so get that lederhosen ready!
Sunday, September 30, 2023 from 11am-3pm
World of Beer Tampa International
Dust off your lederhosen and get ready to celebrate like a Bavarian! Enjoy Bavarian cuisine, test your strength in a stein-hoisting competition, and drink plenty of beer!
Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 1:30pm
BRU Growler Bar, Odessa
Brats, Bavarian-style beers, and Bru! Dust off your stein glasses and get ready for six specialty German beers on tap, grilled pretzels and brats, stein hoisting competitions, relay races, and more!
Friday – Sunday, October 13-15, 2023
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
For three full days, Tampa’s downtown Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will be transformed into the city’s largest waterfront biergarten. The event will be busting with live music, dancing, drindls and lederhosen, bratwurst, and schnitzel. A full authentic Bavarian food hall will be available, as well as a variety of Oktoberfest style beers. Authentic German style beers by Green Bench Brewing include traditional Hefeweizen, Dunkel lager, and Fastbier marzen. Festivalgoers can also participate in Bavarian games including stein hoisting, keg stacking, tug-o-war, brat toss, carry the wench, and more.
October 20 and 21, 2023
Starkey Market, New Port Richey
Tis the season to Wiesn! Bring the whole family to celebrate Oktoberfest at this 2-day event! There will be live music, entertainment, and games along with competitions such as keg throwing, stein holding, and brat-eating. Their barn will be open and serving up a wide selection of Oktoberfest style beers and the Kielbasa bus will be on-site along with plenty of traditional German food!
Oktoberfest Events in St. Pete and Pinellas
Saturday, September 16-Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Woodwright Brewing Company, Dunedin
Oktoberfest in Munich takes place September 16-October 3, so Woodwright Brewing is following along! They’ll be tapping their award-winning Marzen as well as a variety of other German styles. They will have branded steins for sale, live music, and games along with traditional German fare.
Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12pm
St. Pete Brewing Company
Head to St. Pete for their annual Oktoberfest! They’ll have German-inspired food, German music, and of course, beer!
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 12pm
Bayboro Brewing, St. Pete
Enjoy live music by the Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band, delicious German food specials including Spatzle with brats, games, $5 beer fills, and much more!
Friday, September 29-Sunday October 1,2023
Caledonia Brewing, Dunedin
It’s time for Caledonia’s annual Oktoberfest! They’ll be tapping their fall and German beers including Is It Fall Yet Oktoberfest, Pop’s Hot Rod Here, Thrill Kill Kolsch, and Dunkel Dieter. There will also be guest taps and delicious German fare including Bavarian Beer and Cheese Spread, Pretzels, Beer and Mustard Pulled Pork, brats, sauerkrauat, and more. On Sunday, October 1, there will be a special Oktoberfest brunch (separate ticketed event).
Friday-Sunday, September 29-October 1, 2023
Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor
Hang out under the Biergarten tent for Crooked Thumb’s annual celebration of German-style beer with live music, great food, and stein hoisting! There will be a release of five new German style beers, brats, schnitzel, pretzels, and more!
September 29- 30, October 6-7, 2023
German American Society of Pinellas County
Enjoy a large variety of domestic and imported beers, delicious traditional German food, live music, a keg tapping ceremony, Bier stein holding contest, parade of flags, and local vendors. There will also be a kinder kid’s area.
Sunday, October 14, 2023 from 11am-5pm
Albert Whitted Park, St. Petersburg
NEW location for 2023! Loosen your lederhosen for an all-day party that will feature a special German themed menu, traditional polka bands, a stein holding competition, and tons of great German beer. This event is also family friendly. Kids under 12 are free.
Saturday, September 16
Green Bench Brewing, St. Pete
Green Bench is hosting their very first Oktoberfest! No better time than the exact day the festivities kick off in Munich! The team will tap the Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel keg at 1:00. Tickets are $45 and include two firkin tappings with commemorative steins, German-style cuisine by Dusty’s Hot Stuff, and live entertainment by the Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band. There will also be games, prizes, and a beer garden.
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September 22 – 24, 2023
Pinellas Ale Works, St. Pete
Head to St. Pete for a weekend long celebration with German beers served in liter pints and boots! They will also be releasing their seasonal Pumpkin Oktoberfest beer. On Saturday, October 1st, join them in the beer garden from 6-6:30 to test your strength in the stein hoisting contest.
Saturday, September 23, 1pm – 6pm
The bier boutique St. Pete
Celebrate Oktoberfest with delicious German beers from across the pond and local breweries, authentic German food and a championship of games! One of the highlights of the day will be the Beer Olympics! Pay $50 in advance or $60 the day-of for teams of 4. The fees get your team entrance to the Olympics plus a stein filled with your favorite German beer. There will also be prizes for team names and costumes. Beer Olympics events include Liter Stein Holding Contest, Crazy Straw Contest, and a few other surprises. 100% of the registration fees goes to Habitat for Humanity Pinellas & Pasco County plus 30% of the sales of all German beers.
Saturday, October 7, 1pm – 4pm
Troubled Waters Brewing, Safety Harbor
Head to Safety Harbor for the second annual Troublefest – a celebration of German beer, music, and food! Listen to the sounds of the Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band, enjoy German food from Daydreamers Cafe, a special Smoked Marzen Firkin tapping, and multiple German beers.
Featured image credit: Crooked Thumb Brewery