The first Oktoberfest was to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810 inMunich, Germany. Today Oktoberfest isn’t just for Germans anymore, and we have a month filled with festivals and activities in celebration of a 19th century wedding… or beer. One or the other.
September 21 – October 6: Oktoberfest at The Federal Food Drink and Provisions – To set the mood, “the Federal will be tapping into Miamians’ inner hog as it will be offering a vast selection of German style Oktoberfest biers to close the Miami Spice season that coincidentally toasts the Princess, the Bavarian harvest, the Pious Pig and the hopes of cooler Miami weather.” Located in Miami’s Upper East Side at 5132 Biscayne Blvd
September 28: Brick-toberfest at Mary Brickell Village – An all day event with beer sampling from 2:00 – 6:00, live music from “sekond nature” and “Bootleg”, beer competitions, and an after-party starting at 11:00 p.m. at Fado’s Irish Pub (that’s German, right?) on the 2nd level of Mary Brickell Village.
October 3 – 13: Coral Gables Oktoberfest – “An 11 day Beer-, Food- and Music Festival to celebrate the tradition of Oktoberfest, original held in Munich since 1810. Live entertainment highlighted by Top Austrian Band: “Gruppe Gastein” and Bavarian Bob and the Black Forest Band, Jodel contest, Nailing contest, Cycle Party, Bratwurst-eating contest, Auerhahn Schuhplattler” held at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables.
October 5: BrickellFest – “Enjoy an entire day of Sam Adams beer sampling, local food vendors, live bands, rides & attractions, DJs & Octoberfest themed competitions” at Grand Central Park, 700 North Miami Avenue
October 12: WOBtoberfest Midtown – All three World of Beer locations in Miami are all throwing their annual WOBtoberfest parties with seasonal Oktoberfest brew, beer stein specials, live music and giveaways. World of Beer Midtown is located at 3252 NE 1st AV, Miami, FL 33137
October 12: Oktoberfest at the German International Parent Association – For something a little more authentic, take a ride out to Kendall for “GIPA’s 22nd annual Oktoberfest… from 12-7 PM at the German American Social Club 11919 SW 56th St. Miami FL 33175. Admission is free! Enjoy delicious German Food & Beverages, Music, Raffle, Rides, Silent Auction, Games, Student Performance Extravaganza and more.”
October 19: Grovetoberfest – “For the third year, Grovetoberfest will anoint Coconut Grove with over 200 great beers from across the county and across the world. Grovetoberfest is hosted seaside at Peacock Park, right in the heart of Miami, making it the “most scenic beer festival in the world”
October 23: Oaktoberfest at Oak Tavern – “Chef/owner David Bracha… is partnering up with Esquire beer writer Evan Benn for a four-course beer dinner” at the Oak Tavern, 35 NE 40 Street in Miami’s Design District. Hummm… I might try that one for my birthday!
October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27: Oktoberfest at the German American Social Club of Miami – And if you still haven’t had enough, check out GASC’s “biggest event every year… Oktoberfest on the last two weekends of October. It is the largest German cultural event in South East Florida and the oldest Oktoberfest in Florida.”
So what are you doing to celebrate Oktoberfest in Miami?