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Oktoberfest events around Northeast Florida

Oktoberfest at European Street
Kerry Speckman
Intuition Ale's Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Intuition Ale Works
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Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events on the First Coast and beyond. She's also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she's got that going for her.

Here's an interesting Fakt: Oktoberfest — the real one, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany — actually starts in September and runs until the first weekend in October.

So for all intents and purposes the multi-week event takes place almost equally in September as it does in October.

That's probably why the Germans don't even call it "Oktoberfest." Rather, they refer to it as "die Wiesn," a colloquialism for "Theresienwiese," the fairgrounds at which it's held.

But we Americans have no problem changing a centuries-old tradition to better suit our own needs, which explains these local Oktoberfest events, which all take place in the month of October.

Oktoberfest at Art Walk
October 2, 5–11 p.m. (extended hours), Downtown, admission: free

  • nearly 50 venues, artists, street performers, etc. spread over 15 blocks
  • biergarten block party in Hemming Plaza
  • German, seasonal and local brews 
  • German-style grub
  • 16+ live music venues including performances by EPCOT's Dan Witucki and Mein Heimatland Musikanten Band

Oktoberfest at European Street Cafe
October 5, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., European Street Cafe (Jacksonville Beach), admission: free

  • beer from Germany-and around the world
  • authentic German food including giagantic Bavarian pretzel
  • live music from The Five Hungry (1–5 p.m.)
  • KanJam tournament
  • chicken dancing
  • photo opps with the Monster German Wiener

** First 100 guests receive a free one-liter glass boot (to drink from, not to wear)
** Wear traditional lederhosen or dirndl and get a free beer.

Intuition Ale's Third Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
October 6, 1–8 p.m., Memorial Park, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, kids under 12 free, VIP sold out

  • live music from The Swinging Bavarians oompah band with Traditional Oktoberfest songs and yodeling 
  • slap-dancing and the chicken dance
  • Intuition's famous beer and special Oktoberfest brews
  • food trucks serving authentic German dishes (along with their usual fare)
  • beer stein races, pretzel toss, beer stein holding contest, crowning of King and Queen of Oktoberfest

Jaxtoberfest: A Fall Celebration
October 11-12, Shipyards, admission: $8 per day, $50 VIP Saturday

  • live entertainment from Swinging Bavarians and The Rhinelanders
  • Kinderfest with pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling and German musical chairs
  • Oktoberfest games such as the beer barrel race, bratwurs-eating competition, safe slam drinking contest and oversized beer pong
  • 5K Beer Run with chugging beer chugging stations along the route and prizes for best costume (21 and older only)
  • German food and beer

Folio Weekly's Oktoberfest 2013
October 19, VIP: 5-10 p.m., general admission: 6-10 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, admission: $20 general in advance, $25 general at the door, $25 VIP in advance, $30 VIP at the door

  • live music with Papercutt and 32oz. to Freedom
  • beer from local breweries including Bold City, Engine 15, Green Room and Mile Marker

** 21 and older only

Oktoberfest at European Street Cafe: Part II
October 19, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., European Street Cafe (Riverside), admission: free

  • authentic German beer and food
  • live music from The Five Hungry (1–5 p.m.)
  • KanJam tournament
  • chicken dancing
  • Oktoberfest Trolley between European Street's Oktoberfest and Bold City Brewery's Fifth Anniversary Celebration runs 2–11 p.m.
  • Runtoberfest 5K, 6:30 p.m., 30–$40 in advance, $45 day of race
  • photo opps with the Monster German Wiener

** First 100 guests receive a free one-liter glass boot (to drink from, not to wear)
** Wear traditional lederhosen or dirndl and get a free beer.

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