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By: Matthew Meltzer

Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of German beer, food and culture that has spread around the world from its beginnings in Munich in 1810. Greater Miami & Miami Beach is a great place to get in on the party. Break out your dirndls and lederhosen, sample brews from around the world, and dance a polka as Miami celebrates Oktoberfest.

September and October

Wynwood's Octoberfest

Through September 30

Wynwood’s Octoberfest runs the entire month of September. Step inside Wynwood Marketplace and you’ll be transported to a warmer version of Bavaria right here in Wynwood, complete with seasonal beer from Sam Adams, polka music, traditional food and massive beer steins. Compete in such beer-hall games as stein hoisting and beer chugs. You’ll also have the chance to take pictures with oversized pretzels and other Oktoberfest props.

Fritz & Franz Oktoberfest Month

September 17 - October 31

Coral Gables’ mainstay Oktoberfest party goes on for six whole weeks during Fritz & Franz Oktoberfest Month. This German beer hall will have a special Oktoberfest menu filled with pretzels and schnitzel, which you can wash down with a big stein of Bitburger FestBier. They’ll also be playing nonstop Oktoberfest music, and the whole staff will be dressed for the occasion.

German American Social Club Miami Oktoberfest

October 14-16 and 21-23

The German American Social Club Miami Oktoberfest, the oldest continuously running Oktoberfest celebration in Florida, is held right here in Kendall. First celebrated in 1958, it runs the middle two weekends of October. Enjoy an authentic Oktoberfest with live German music, schnitzel, bratwurst and plenty of beer. The entertainment includes German folk dancing featuring the Original Auerhahn Schuhplattlers and Edelweiss Schuhplattlers. And if you’ve always wanted to join in the dance, the club offers free lessons every day.

One-Day Events


October 1

The Village of Pinecrest gets in on the Oktoberfest action when the Pinetoberfest craft beer festival takes over Evelyn Greer Park. Starting at 5 p.m., guests will be able to sample beers from an all-star lineup of such local favorites as Veza Sur while listening to live music. All attendees must be 21 or older.


October 1

The Wharf Miami will offer great drink specials at its one-day-only Wharftoberfest party beside the Miami River on October 1. Anyone who orders a shot of Jägermeister will also receive a free German beer. The Wharf will also hand out free beer boots to the first 500 people through the door (beer not included) and offer a full lineup of live German music all day.

The Abbey’s Oktoberfest Party

October 2

Head to South Beach’s original craft brew club on the first Sunday in October for The Abbey’s Oktoberfest Party. The Abbey, which has been delighting South Beach locals with house-made beers for more than 25 years, will offer a “killer lineup” of German beers, special Oktoberfest shots and free German food (while supplies last). There’s no cover for the event, but you must be 21 to attend.

Oktoberfest Cruise

October 16

The two-hour Poseidon Ferry Oktoberfest Cruise takes the Oktoberfest celebration to the water, departing from Downtown Miami at 7 p.m. You’ll enjoy the sunset over Biscayne Bay while enjoying bratwurst, pretzels and other German staples from the galley. There’ll also be costume contests, a live DJ, and plenty of beer on hand.

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