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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in South Florida

Find the area's best stein-holding competitions, polka music, and German beer and food.
Wynwood Octoberfest returns to Miami this September.
Wynwood Octoberfest returns to Miami this September. Wynwood Octoberfest photo
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In South Florida, the changing of seasons never comes with clear weather cues. Thankfully, when it's time to unearth our lederhosen and prepare for the 2023 Oktoberfest festivities, it's one of the best indicators that autumn has arrived.

The annual celebration of German traditions is alive and well in South Florida, with events featuring authentic German beer, food, entertainment, contests, and live music across the region.

Much like the original festivity in 1810 that honored the union of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, the area's Oktoberfest-themed events are always guaranteed to be a fun-filled tribute to Bavarian culture.

Below are the best Oktoberfest celebrations worth a prost! or two.
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Biscayne Bay Brewing will offer a special Oktoberfest-inspired beer.
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Oktoberfest at Biscayne Bay Brewing

100 NE First Ave., Miami
Biscayne Bay Brewing celebrates Oktoberfest by launching a limited-edition beer called "Navigator Doppel," a German-style doppelbock lager. The event takes place in downtown Miami, where attendees can be among the first to taste the brew that pays tribute to German brewing traditions featuring rich bock lager flavors, chocolate, and fig notes. To fully embrace the Oktoberfest spirit, guests are encouraged to dress in German-style attire. Classic German bites, including sausages and pretzels, will be available for a more authentic experience. This year, event attendees also have a chance to win an exclusive swag bag worth $100 filled with beer and merchandise. "Navigator Doppel" is available throughout the fall season or while supplies last at the brewery and taproom. 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23.

Oktoberfest at American German Club of the Palm Beaches

5111 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth
For the 49th year in a row, the American German Club of the Palm Beaches offers guests a chance to celebrate Oktoberfest with two fun weekends (and one of the nation's largest Oktoberfest celebrations). This year, attendees can expect Florida's oldest Oktoberfest festival to feature much of what the event offered before the COVID-impacted years, including delicious food, traditional and authentic Oktoberfest German brews, and lively music. The Heldensteiner Band from Munich will entertain with performances inside the Clubhouse, ensuring you can polka the day and night away. October 13-15 and October 20-22; tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and $15 on the event day.
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Celebrate this year's Wynwood Octoberfest sponsored by Samuel Adams.
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Wynwood Octoberfest

2250 NW Second Ave., Miami
The 13th annual Wynwood Octoberfest, presented by Samuel Adams, kicks off later this month when it returns to Wynwood Marketplace. Highlights planned during the three-day beer extravaganza include live music, DJ performances, authentic Bavarian food, an artisan market, Stein competitions, and beer hall games like cornhole and giant Jenga. Entry to the event is free, but festive "party pack" tickets are available for $14 per person and include one beer ticket, a commemorative Stein mug, and a Samuel Adams branded Octoberfest hat. Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1.

Oktoberfest at German-American Social Club of Greater Miami

11919 SW 56th St.,Miami
Get ready to dust off your lederhosen and dirndls with Oktoberfest Miami from the German American Social Club of Greater Miami. The event will feature two consecutive weekends of Bavarian revelry and merriment, promising an unforgettable celebration of German culture and cuisine. As the club's flagship event, it stands as one of the longest continuously running Oktoberfest celebrations in the U.S. This year, the event will take place October 13-15, and 20-22, transforming the club into a Bavarian wonderland with German food, drink, live music, and a vendor marketplace. Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, 2 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday 2 to 10 p.m.

Oktoberfest at German-American Society of Hollywood

6401 Washington St., Hollywood
The German American Society of Greater Hollywood hosts an Oktoberfest event featuring a delightful blend of entertainment, traditional food, and beer. The festivities take place from 6 to 11 p.m. on September 23, October 7, and October 21. Admission to the celebrations is $5 for members and $12 for non-members. Attendees can indulge in various delicious German dishes and beverages available for purchase. Select Saturdays in September and October.
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The Wharf Fort Lauderdale hosts its annual Wharftoberfest this month.
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20 W Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Experience Oktoberfest in Wharf-style with the venue's annual Wharftoberfest celebration. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale pays tribute to German traditions with live music, entertainment, and Oktoberfest drink specials (buy a shot of J├Ągermeister, get a free German beer). Noon to 3 a.m. on Saturday, September 23; free to attend.

Dania After Dark Oktoberfest

100 W. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach
Next month, Dania After Dark hosts its take on Oktoberfest with an event showcasing German food and beer. Entry to the event is free, with opportunities to receive discounts on beer sampling tickets and access to the event beer garden featuring more than 20 local and out-of-state craft breweries. Tickets to access the beer garden are priced at $45 per person. The event will feature live music, food, a pumpkin patch, and a kid zone. 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.
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Funky Buddha founders KC (left) and Ryan Sentz
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Oktoberfest by Funky Buddha Brewery

4000 Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park
Funky Buddha hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration at Jaco Pastorius Park this year. Next month, the event offers one of Broward's favorite breweries take on German-inspired beers and authentic cuisine mixed with their signature funky flair. Exciting activities and entertainment are planned, including amusement rides, traditional Bavarian folk dancing, classic barrel and stein races, and Central Bark Fort Lauderdale's 17th annual "Dachshund Dash" event. 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 6; 1 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 7; and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 8.

Oktoberfest Block Party at Unbranded Brewing

1395 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah
Unbranded Brewing hosts its Oktoberfest block party at the brewery in the Leah Arts District this weekend. The Oktoberfest-themed block party features a variety of food vendors, a stein-holding competition, pretzel- and bratwurst-eating contests, and a yodeling challenge. Head to the brewery's Eventbrite page to RSVP to the event; reduced-price $3 beer tickets are available to the first 200 people who sign up. The event itself is free to attend. 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 23.
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