Not everyone can make it out to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest. That’s why it’s good to know that cities all around the world host their own Oktoberfest celebrations bringing the festivities closer to home.
With Miami being such a happening city, it should come as no surprise that a Miami Oktoberfest happens there every year. Read on to find out what you can expect when you visit.
About Miami Oktoberfest
Miami Oktoberfest is hosted by the German American Social Club. 2023 will mark the 66th year of celebrating the event. It takes place over the course of second and third weekends in October running from October 13 to 15 and October 20 to 22.
Hours are as follows:
- Friday: 6PM – midnight
- Saturday 2PM – midnight
- Sunday 2-10 PM
The German American Social Club of Greater Miami was founded in 1949. They hosted their first Oktoberfest in 1958 and it is now the longest continuously running Octoberfest in the United States and the largest German cultural event in South Florida.
Tickets to the event are $10 per day. Children 3-11 can get in for $5. There is free admission for children under the age of 2, active military with ID and first responders. Miami Dade County employees can get in free with ID on Sunday.
You can buy tickets in advance online. A limited number will be available at the gate.
The Oktoberfest event celebrates the German culture with German music, German beer, and folk dancing. There are games for adults and children which are held on a large field.
The Original Auerhahn Schuhplatter and Edelweiss Schuhplatters will be providing this year’s musical and folk dancing entertainment. They rehearse at the club and perform at a variety of events throughout the year.
Other bands will be playing as well. There will be two bands playing inside the club and another playing outside under the tent. Seating is available at both locations.
Food and Drink
Guests can enjoy a selection of German food (including vegetarian and vegan options) and beer served at reasonable priced. Schnitzel and bratwurst will be available alongside a variety of beers on tap care of event sponsor Warsteiner Bier. This will include Oktoberfest, Pilsener, and Dunkel varieties. Liquor will also be available.
Things to Do in Miami
Here are some things to do in Miami when you are not enjoying Oktoberfest:
- Skyview’s Miami Observation Wheel: This large Ferris wheel will provide you with breathtaking views of the city.
- Visit the Wynwood Arts District: This street museum offers work from various street artists. Guided tours are available.
- Key Large National Marine Sanctuary: The marine sanctuary is a great place to snorkel. Enjoy the clear waters, tropical fish, and sea life.
- Jungle Island Eco-Park: The eco-park is a great place to ride thrill rides, enjoy live entertainment, and meet wild animals up close.
- Vizcaya Museums & Gardens: This French Renaissance building will take you back to the early 20th century with lovely architecture and beautiful scenery.
If you are looking for an Oktoberfest experience closer to home, Miami is the place to be. The festival offers so many exciting things to see and do. Will you be planning a trip for the coming year?