Tampa Bay is home to the 5th largest Oktoberfest in the country. This three day event is filled with dancing, singing and enjoying a few brews in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. October 10th marks the date when downtown Tampa will transform to a waterfront ale garden.  This annual event offers countless games and activities, all in hopes to win a variety of prizes and gloat rights. If you are looking for a challenge be sure to participate in Tug-O-War, Corn Hole and Keg Stack. The winners of these games have the opportunity to qualify for the main event Okoberfest Olympiad.  Test your strength, wits and stamina in six events: Grain Toss, Barrel Roll, Stein Race, Watergun Marksman Challenge, Stein Holding and Tour de Oktoberfest.

This event begins at 4 p.m., please plan to arrive early, this is an annual event that you will regret missing. There are general admission prices and f or those who are looking for the “rock star” experience check out the Oktoberfest VIP Package.

• Commemorative Oktoberfest Stein (1 Liter Acrylic)

• Free Refills of Your Favorite Beer

• König’s Feast (Get a full food plate including a Pretzel!)

• Table side service (Food delivered to you!)

• VIP Express Entry

• VIP Restrooms (Really! Located between the museums).

• VIP Tent with extended lounge


If you are a first timer, the Oktoberfest Fest team has entire preparation list:

  • Oktoberfest weighs in at between 7-8% alcohol, a little more than your average American lager. Start easy, maybe even start with a “Radler” to quench your thirst. A mix of pale ale and lemon-lime soda.

         Remember to show up thirsty.

         Know your way around the beers

         Prost! This is how German’s say cheers. Generally the entire table drinks together, clinking their drinks and always making eye contact as it is considered rude to do otherwise.

         When you cheers with your neighbors it’s traditional to connect with the bottom of your glasses. Splashing at the top is for pirates, arrrr!

         Look after your server, we’re not talking about your girlfriend here. Beer servers are at the top of the food chain in the Oktoberfest tents so it is in your best interest to be nice to them and tip generously.

         You should arrive before noon if you want the best chance of getting a table for the day. Unless you’ve reserved a table. Otherwise it’s standing room only.

         If you’re going to learn one song this Oktoberfest make sure it’s “Ein Prosit.” Every 20 minutes or so the tent breaks and sings:

o   Ein Prosit, ein Prosit

o   Der Gemütlichkeit

o   Ein Prosit, ein Prosit

o   Der Gemütlichkeit

·         After the band plays this song, everyone raises their glasses and says: “Eins, Zwei, Drei, Gsuffa!” – meaning “one, two, three, drink!”. You must sing this song, and drink after each song. It’s sorta the law.


For more information about Oktoberfest please visit: http://www.oktoberfesttampa.com/, this is an event that you do not want to miss!