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Even though the official Oktoberfest celebration in Germany wrapped up already, that doesn’t stop parties around the globe from mimicking the celebration, including loads of Bavarian flavored parties in Tampa Bay.
With flowing pints of beer, giant pretzels and partiers donning their best dirndls and lederhosen, the nod to the world’s largest beer festival keeps getting bigger and longer in the Tampa Bay area.
The German American Friendship Society in Pinellas Park claims to have the most authentic celebration, while Tampa’s competition heavy party this weekend in Curtis Hixon Park claims to be the biggest.
They all add some oomph to the polka fueled oompah pah of fall festivities. You might even want to invest $240 in a pair of special edition kicks that Adidas rolled out last month for Oktoberfest. The company says the shoes have “a special DPBR coating” “durable puke and beer repellent.”
If you’ve never been, be mindful of the etiquette. “Prost!” is how Germans say cheers. The entire table drinks together, clinking their drinks with the bottom of the glasses and always making eye contact while doing so. The big attractions besides the giant beer garden set up in Curtis Hixon Park are the interactive games. The most popular is stein hoisting, in which strong armed competitors try to hold a 1 liter stein full of beer straight in front without bending their elbows. There are individual games along with team competitions of various sizes, including keg stacking, the Carry the Wench race, grain sack toss, corn hole and more. $10, $25 weekend; 12 and younger free. All beer is $5 for a half liter (16 ounces) and $10 for a liter (31.5 ounces), but you must have a commemorative stein to purchase 1 liter. If you have an acrylic mug from previous years you can bring it, but no glass. Sunday. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 397 8722. 29. on Friday and Saturday. There will be live German oompah music, keg tappings, Gulf Coast Enzianer Schuhplattler Verein Folk Dancers, a variety of imported beers, homemade cuisine and German vendors. $8, 12 and younger free. 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 238 8201.
Oktoberfest On the Beach
Dance all day long at this 15th annual Oktoberfest with food, German music, beer and wine, vendors, arts and crafts for sale, stein carrying, keg throwing, silent auction and activities for the kids during Kinderfest. Free admission. Saturday. Kolb Park, 16th Avenue and Bay Palm Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach. (727) 692 7867.
Oktoberfest Family Fall Festival
A family festival with midway rides, games, music, food, an oversized flea market, beer and sports tent, live entertainment and raffles. Benefits Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Free admission. Sunday. 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. (727) 733 3776.
German American Club Oktoberfest
Event includes music, food and dancing. Dress code: traditional Bavarian outfits or club casual. No shorts or jeans. Music provided by Manni Daum. Bring your own beverage. No tickets sold at the door. Advance tickets are $18 for members, $22 for guests. Friday. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. Lineup includes the Mak Brothers Band, Sick Hot and the Favorite Habit Band. Free. Saturday. O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 15435 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Pete Beach brewery turns 1, and guests are invited to celebrate with live music, new beers on tap, food on site and other local beermakers who helped get the brewery started. No cover, prices vary. Saturday. 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 202 8045.
Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus
Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest
The large Oktoberfest celebration at the Tampa Bay Downs racetrack adds wiener dog racing. It takes place under a giant Munich style tent with music, dancing, German style food, festival foods, beer, a midway carnival, games for kids and competitions including stein holding, log sawing, barrel rolling and keg tossing. Oct. Oct. Oct. 22. $5, 12 and younger and veterans free. 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855 4233.
Hop among up to 10 of Ybor’s patio bars and pubs on this crawl that includes a free 4 ounce Oktoberfest pour at each stop, pretzels, bratwurst, stein hoisting, beer boots and a costume contest. $25 advance, $35 day of. Oct. 21. 5 Star Dive Bar, 1811 N 15th St., Tampa. (813) 248 3712. Benefits the Kids with Cancer holiday party. No cover. Oct. 21. Downtown Tierra Verde Parking Lot, 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg. (727) 458 7177.