23 Oktoberfest events happening in Tampa Bay this fall

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Dust off the lederhosen and get your steins ready, because it's Oktoberfest season in Tampa Bay once again. Luckily (for your liver) there are dozens of different celebrations happening on both sides of the bridge, from Green Bench Brewery’s exclusive beer releases to Tampa’s 12th annual Oktoberfest at Curtis Hixon Park. Here are close to two dozen events happening over the next few weeks.  Submit yours to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s event calendar, and email [email protected] with information about your celebration.

Zydeco Brew Works Ybor City’s Zydeco Brew Works’ big Oktoberfest event already passed, but Zydeco is still offering several exclusive German food and drink specials throughout the end of the month. Zydeco’s festive foods have a Nola twist, which includes dishes like pretzel-crusted schnitzel and apple strudel beignets. The Cigar City brewery also offers seven different Oktoberfest brews— like its “Prost,” an Oktoberfest Märzen-style lager—in addition to merch and “das boot” glasses. Food and drink specials through the end of September. 1902 E 7th Ave.,Ybor City. zydecobeer.com

Green Bench Brewing  Guests at this St. Pete event can get the first taste of Green Bench’s exclusive Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel beer, but it’ll be featured at Tampa’s official celebration at Curtis Hixon Park a few weeks later. A $45 ticket gets access to two different firkin tappings (think old-timey beer kegs), commemorative steins, German-style cuisine by Dusty’s Hot Stuff, live music from Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band, games prizes and more. Saturday, Sept.17.12 p.m.-5 p.m.1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. greenbenchbrewing.com

St. Pete Brewing Co. This Saturday party—loaded with German food and the brewery’s popular ales and stouts—starts at noon and goes on until who knows when, so St. Pete Brewing Co. might be the go-to spot for an all-day Oktoberfest hangout. German-inspired music happens on The Nest stage, the brewery’s next door neighbor, all day-long as well. Saturday, Sept.17. 12 p.m. 544 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg. stpetebrewingcompany.com

Bootleggers Brewing Company This Tampa brewery calls its Oktoberfest event the “biggest beer celebration of the year,” and it will be complete with games, prizes, live music, food and festive brews like its Vienna Vixen lager and German pilsner. Although its biggest event takes place on Sept. 17, Bootleggers Brewing Company celebrates the beer-centric holiday all month long. Saturday, Sept. 17. 12 p.m. 10256 Causeway Blvd., Tampa. bootleggerbrewingco.com

Coppertail Brewing Co. Coppertail’s motto for this year’s Oktoberfest is “lagers, lagers, lagers,” but it’ll boast an exclusive food menu, games, live music and other German brews available by the half-liter stein. Sip on its fruited Berliner weisses, German ciders and Kölsch at this free event. Saturday, Sept. 17. 11 a.m. 2601 E 2nd Ave.,Tampa. coppertailbrewing.com

BRŪ Florida Growler Bar Odessa’s BRŪ Florida Growler Bar will sling exclusive German brews, bratwursts and pretzels during its celebration, in addition to an exciting stein-holding competition for its braver patrons. Saturday, Sept. 17. 2 p.m. 8729 Gunn Hwy., Odessa. brufl.com

Crooked Thumb Brewery This Safety Harbor Biergarten will be full of live music, German-style beer, hearty food and stein-hosting contests all weekend-long. Crooked Thumb is releasing exclusive beer collaborations with Green Bench, Gulfport Brewery & Barriehaus Beer Co.—all spots hosting their own Oktoberfest events throughout Tampa Bay. Special liter steins & mixed four-pack cans will be available for purchase as well. Friday, Sept. 23 (5 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 24 (noon-10 p.m.) 555 10th Ave., S Safety Harbor. crookedthumbbrew.com

Oktoberfest at Bayboro This St. Pete brewery is organizing games, music, and German food for its annual celebration of all-things beer. Although there isn’t a full menu released yet, guests can definitely expect a bratwurst and spätzle special from Chef Bill Tarleton. Apple Strudel Oktoberfest Band—which is definitely booked and busy this holiday season—takes Bayboro’s stage at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. 12 p.m. 2390 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. bayborobrewing.com

Independent Bar St.Petersburg St. Pete’s Independent Bar hosts a “Eine Kleine Wies'n,” which literally translates into “a little Oktoberfest” (although it seems like a pretty big deal to us.) Beer drinkers can expect a steady rotation of drafts from Hofbrauhaus, Ayinger, Barriehaus, Motorworks, Weihenstephan, and King State all month-long, but folks at its Sept. 24 party can buy special $10 liters of “the brews that paved the way for all the beers we enjoy today.” Saturday, Sept. 24. 6 p.m.1049 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. independentbarstpete.com

Gulfport Brewery If you don’t win the stein-holding contest at the 3rd-annual Oktoberfest at Gulfport Brewery, at least you can dust your lederhosen off and try your hand at the costume contest instead. Live music, exclusive steins, and beer puppeteers round out this Oktoberfest celebration. Saturday, Sept. 24. 12 p.m. 3007 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. gulfport-brewing.com

3 Daughters  Brewing Get ready to be at St. Pete’s 3 Daughters Brewing all day-long, because you can start drinking at 11:30 a.m. at this Oktoberfest celebration. This party features a special German themed menu, a traditional oompah band from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., a stein-holding competition, prizes for best dressed and of course, tons of fantastic German brews. Sunday, Sept. 25. 11:30 a.m. 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 3dbrewing.com

The Wheelhouse This casual St. Pete bar transforms into a German-style Biergarten during this year’s Oktoberfest celebration. For nine days, The Wheelhouse offers German-style beer and dishes, in addition to other types of festive programming. It also recently released a variety of pumpkin-flavored beers and sangrias, if you’d like to celebrate Oktoberfest with a little fall flare. Sunday, Sept. 25-Monday, Oct.3. 7220 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. thewheelhousestpete.com

World of Beer Westchase’s World of Beer celebrates the holiday a little differently this year (but still with copious amounts of beer.) Its Oktoberfest-themed trivia tournament will test patrons’ knowledge of beers around the world. The trivia tournament is free to enter. Monday, Sept. 26. 7 p.m. 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. worldofbeer.com

Pinellas Ale Works German beers will be served in liter pints and boot glasses all weekend-long at Pinellas Ale Works’ “Pawtoberfest” party. The pet-friendly spot releases its seasonal pumpkin beer over the weekend, in addition to hosting a stein-hoisting contest on Saturday. Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 2. Noon-8 p.m. 1962 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg. pawbeer.com

Grand Central Brewhouse This second annual get-together features all the best aspects of a good Oktoberfest party: traditional German-style lagers, oompah music from Apple Strudel & Nu Soundz, German fare provided by Lolita's & Le Clementine, a stein-hoisting contest and other fun games. Commemorative GCB steins, mugs, & Oktoberfest t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2. noon-5 p.m. 2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. grandcentralbrew.com

Piertoberfest One of the only Oktoberfest events you can take a tram to, St. Pete Pier’s celebration (aka Piertoberfest,) features German-style beer, food, music, games, and more. If you opt for the pricier VIP experience, you can also get access to a shaded private area, receive a collectible stein, four drink tickets, and light German bites. Saturday, Oct. 1. $15-$110. 600 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. piertoberfest.com

Publix GreenWise Market Even Publix is in on it. Water Street Tampa’s GreenWise Market offers a more family-friendly take on Oktoberfest, with live music, games and giveaways, in addition to a variety of curated food and drink specials. Different specials include pretzels and beer for $5 and $1 off housemade beer brats. Saturday, Oct. 1. 12 p.m. 555 Channelside Dr., Tampa. greenwisemarket.com

Tampa Bay Brewing Company TBBC’s Westchase location will host an entire weekend of festivities, which has all of the expected characteristics of a good time: tasty food, great beer, ax-throwing (courtesy of Stumpy's Hatchet House) and an ultimate Oktoberfest competition. Saturday, Oct.1-Sunday, Oct. 2. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa. tbbc.beer

Tampa’s 12th annual Oktoberfest Arguably the largest Oktoberfest party in all of Tampa Bay, this three day party is chock full of live music, dancing, outrageous games, dirndls and lederhosen, the tasty waterfront views at Curtis Hixon Park, and a Bavarian food hall slinging all of the bratwurst and schnitzel you can eat. Green Bench Brewing provides the traditional German brews, but there will be a wide variety of other beers available. Friday, Oct.7-Sunday, Oct. 9. 4 p.m. -11 p.m., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-$25. 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. oktoberfesttampa.com

OktoberFest Tampa Arts & Crafts Fair
Tampa-based event organizer Your Tampa Markets hosts an upcoming market with an Oktoberfest twist. ​​Waterworks Park is the host of its family-friendly fair chock full of local artists, artisans, food trucks and other small businesses. Saturday, Oct. 8. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 8. 701 N Highland Ave., Tampa. yourtampamarkets.com ​​

German American Society of Pinellas County You won’t get more traditional than the ​​German American Society of Pinellas County’s multi-day Oktoberfest celebration. These Best of the Bay-winning shindigs will feature a wide variety of German brews and traditional foods, a keg tapping ceremony, a parade of flags, stein-hoisting competitions, music, exclusive merchandise and raffle prizes. Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 15. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $10 (children 12 and under free.) 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. germantampa.com

The Bier Boutique Imported German beers, dishes like sausages with sauerkraut and pretzels smothered in beer cheese, and intense Oktoberfest games will make The Bier Boutique’s celebration one of the best in The Burg’.This event is free to attend but it’ll cost $50-$60 to register you and your friends to compete in its Beer Olympics; teams are encouraged to create a theme and come in costume too. Saturday, Oct 15. 1 p.m. 465 7th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. thebierboutiquestpete.com

Barriehaus Beer Co.This Ybor City brewery already offers a German twist year-round, so it makes sense that it hosts one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the Bay. Stein-holding and brat-tossing competitions abound, this day-long party also features traditional German polka music, festive trivia, a commemorative BarrieHaus stein, and access to a full Bavarian feast platter (for an extra $12-$18.) Saturday, Oct. 15. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. $50-$500.1403 E 5th Ave., Tampa. barriehaus.com

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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