Broward County Festivals & Fairs

9th Annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest

9th Annual Oakland Park OktoberfestOctober 4 & 5 – Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park

With South Florida’s largest craft brewery just a few steps away and dozens of dashing dachshunds, Oakland Park has turned their annual Oktoberfest celebration into one of the City’s signature events.  The 9th Annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest takes place October 4-5 at the City’s downtown Jaco Pastorius Park. Oakland Park’s annual Oktoberfest is the largest in Broward and has become one of the most popular in Florida, according to the City’s Mayor John Adornato III.  The Oakland Park Oktoberfest hours are Friday, October 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, October 5 from 1 to 11 p.m. at the downtown park turned “biergarten” just north of NE 38th Street where the Mayor’s official keg tapping will commence the celebration. Oakland Park Oktoberfest attracts approximately 10,000 people who enjoy ample space under the large tents to eat, drink and dance to the live music, as well as vendor tents and a children’s carnival area. The City’s Downtown Culinary Arts District provides ample free parking in walking proximity for Oktoberfest attendees. The large tents replicate the atmosphere of a Bavarian village celebration, including a stage and a dance floor. Oktoberfest musical performances include Euro Express and Sepp Diepolder. Performances by the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers (children’s dance troupe) and the Auerhahn Schuhplattler dancers (adults) will also be part of the entertainment. Hans Huber, owner of Fort Lauderdale’s award-winning Ambry Restaurant, will operate the Bavarian-style “Biergarten” at the Oktoberfest offering a selection of mouthwatering German favorites such as bratwurst, knockwurst, spicy currywurst, haxen semmel (roast pork), goulash soup, sauerkraut and German potato salad, as well as freshly baked pretzels, brotchen and apple strudel.  In addition to soft drinks, a selection of German wines and authentic German-brewed Tucher Oktoberfest beers will be available – including a commemorative 32 ounce mug.  For sponsorships, vendor opportunities, activities schedule and other information, visit www.oaklandparkfl.gov or call the City’s Parks and Leisure Services office at 954-630-4502.