Fall has officially arrived, even if the weather doesn't know it, because Oktoberfest is here! No matter how you like to celebrate, Tampa has an Oktoberfest for you. There will be plenty of beer and brats around the city all month long!
Celebrate Oktoberfest with over 100 beers at Brews by the Bay, the Florida Aquarium’s fundraiser on Oct. 12 from 8 – 11 p.m. With your beer tastings enjoy samples of food from over 30 local restaurants including American Social, Cooper’s Hawk, Green Lemon, Mini Doughnut Factory and Roux. Live entertainment will be playing all night including The Spazmatics and a silent disco. To continue you fun, stroll through the aquarium exhibits and enjoy aquatic life at night. General tickets are $55 for advanced purchase, $49 for Aquarium Members and $65 at the door.
$79 VIP tickets include early entrance at 7 p.m., free parking and a special VIP entrance.
At AJ’s Kitchen Drawer, a specialty kitchen shopping a cooking school, celebrate Oktoberfest by learning how to make delicious German eats. On Oct. 12th you’ll learn how to cook bratwurst in beer, German-style green beans, beer-battered onion rings and apple strudel. There will be one complimentary beer served per person, but feel free to bring your own. The class is from 6 – 9 p.m. and tickets are $50.
Curtis Hixon Park transforms every October into an Oktoberfest-wonderland. This year from Oct 12-14 the park will once again be full of brats, sauerkraut and beer. They’ll be plenty of food: classic chicken Schnitzel, traditional bratwurst, German sausage, frankfurters, traditional German potato salad, cucumber salad, sauerkraut, pretzels and of course, apple strudel. They’ll be plenty of beverages, with six different categories of beer, three types of wine, soda, water and fresh lemonade. Don’t forget about the games, with competitions like the beard and mustache competition and Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest. Become the winner in stein hoisting, barrel roll, brat toss, corn hole, tug of war and make sure to shake your tail feathers during the chicken dance. If you want to have a premier experience, get VIP tickets for full bars, a VIP tent, concierge service and much more for $110-150 per day. General admission tickets are $10 and $25 for a three-day weekend pass.
Get ready for the 23rd annual Top of the Bay Oktoberfest at Tampa Bay Downs starting on Oct. 19. The three-day event is Tampa’s most authentic Oktoberfest – and the biggest! This Oktoberfest will have a carnival, arts and crafts and food vendors. So head out to enjoy real German food, drink, music, dancing, contests and more. Tickets are $5 to enter and $30 to enter plus a stein and four refills. The fest opens Oct 19 at 5 p.m. and ends Oct 21 at 6 p.m.
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