Just like anyone can celebrate St. Patrick's day, there's no need for German lineage to take part in Oktoberfest.
A 16-day celebration that made its away across the pond from Munich, Oktoberfest is a raucous holiday fit with Bavarian beers, sausage, dancing and games. Both German-Americans and those wanting an excuse to party are throwing bashes throughout Miami-Dade and Broward -- join in on the fun!
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables is throwing a 10-day bash with all the fixings, and the annual Oktoberfest in Oakland Park draws 10,000 celebrants over the two-day festival. Before heading out for hours of German protein and debauchery, don't forget your lederhosen and steins.
Where will you be celebrating Oktoberfest?
Coral Gables Oktoberfest
<strong>When: </strong>Oct. 5 to 14 from 11 a.m to midnight <strong>Where:</strong> <a href="http://www.oktoberfestmiami.com/">Bierhaus Plaza</a> <strong>Cost:</strong> Free! For 10 days of beer- and schnitzel-induced madness, sports bar and German/Austrian restaurant<a href="http://www.bierhaus.cc/"> Fritz and Franz Bierhaus</a> is hosting <a href="http://www.oktoberfestmiami.com/">Coral Gables Oktoberfest</a>. Bust out your lederhosen, push-up bra and giant beer mugs to partake in days of beer, bratwurst-eating and yodeling contests, traditional schuhplattler dancing, live bands from Germany and Austria, and raffles. Last year, about 12,000 people attended the free event. Proceeds benefit <a href="http://www.charlee.org/">Charlee Homes for Children</a>.
<strong>When:</strong> Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., Oct. 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong><a href="http://www.brickellbiergarden.com/#!event/mainPage"> Miami Circle </a> <strong>Cost:</strong> $10 to $15 one-day pass, $20 three-day pass, $100 VIP one-day pass, $200 VIP three-day pass Celebrate German culture <a href="http://www.brickellbiergarden.com/#!event/mainPage">as hosted by Brickel Biergarden</a> with three days of premium German Radebeger beer, a pop-up restaurant with authentic food whipped up by Michelin Star Chef Wolfgang Ban, and beer cocktails. Then, head over to FIFTY at the Viceroy for an official after party every night.
Brickell Fest: Samuel Adams Octoberfest
<strong>When:</strong> Oct. 5, 6 and 7 from 4 p.m. to midnight <strong>Where:</strong> <a href="http://brickellfestival.com/">Mary Brickell Village</a> <strong>Cost: </strong>$15 to $50 (Pro tip: Like Brickell Fest on Facebook for a $5 off promo code) A monster three-day event, indulge in 16 different types of beer, food from 10 local restaurants, 15 live bands and DJs, and a VIP beer garden in the heart of Mary Brickell Village.
<strong>When: </strong>Oct. 19 6 to midnight, Oct. 20 and 21 from noon to midnight, Oct. 26 6 to midnight, Oct. 27 and 28 from noon to midnight <strong>Where:</strong> <a href="http://www.oktoberfestmiami.org">German American Club of Greater Miami</a> <strong>Cost:</strong> $10 day pass and $30 six-day pass for adults, $1 day pass and $2 six-day pass for for 12 to 20 years old, free with military ID The longest-running Oktoberfest in South Florida, the German American Club has hosted the festival for 55 years. For six days, get into the spirit with traditional dancing, music, food and beer. The tradition of <em>Ein Prosit</em> -- a toast -- will be done each of the two weekends.
The German American Society of Greater Hollywood
<strong>When:</strong> Oct. 6 and 13 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> <a href="http://www.germanamericanclubhollywood.org/oktoberfest.html">German American Society of Greater Hollywood</a> <strong>Cost:</strong> $7 Be mesmerized by the dancing of the Bavarian Schuhplattlers while enjoying authentic German food and beers. Free parking and children 12 and younger enter free.
Oakland Park Oktoberfest
<strong>When: </strong>Oct. 5 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 1 to 11 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> <a href="http://www.ilovejaco.org/">Jaco Pastorius Park</a> <strong>Cost:</strong> $5 (children 12 and younger free) Commencing with the traditional keg tapping, <a href="http://www.oaklandparkfl.org/activities/specialevents/oktoberfest.cfm">Oakland Park has created an event that draws up to 10,000 people every year</a>. Guests will enjoy authentic German food served up by Ambry Restaurant, German beers and wines with a commemorative 32-ounce mug, schuhplattler dancing, the adorable Dachshund Dash, a presentation by BSO's German Shepherds, and Oakland Park’s Lindsey Way, Miss Hooters International 2011.
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