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Oktoberfest in Fort Lauderdale

Lateshia Mitchell

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A festival celebrating beer??? Sounds like heaven!

Oktoberfest started in 1810 in Munich, Germany as a wedding celebration of then Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen who married on October 17, 1810. This festival would run 16-18 days! All of the citizens were invited to celebrate with the happy couple. They named the field in which the festival was held Theresienwiese which translates to “Theresa’s fields” in honor of the Princess.

Beers weren’t introduced to the festival until 1887. In 1910, Oktoberfest celebrated their 100 year anniversary with over 120,000 litres of beer being poured.

Cities all over the world started adopting their own Oktoberfest events. Here in Broward County we have four.  

The city of Oakland Park hosts the biggest Oktoberfest festival in Broward County! The 9th annual event will take place Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th at Jaco Pastorious Park in downtown Oakland Park. The city’s Downtown Culinary Arts District will be providing free parking just in walking distance to the park. About 10,000 people are expected to attend this year. The entry fee is $5 per adult.

Las Olas Boulevard is set to host their second Oktoberfest celebration From Friday September 20th to Sunday September 29th. This event is free admission and boasts live entertainment all the way from Austria.

The Old Heidelberg Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and the American German Society of Hollywood are also hosting Oktoberfest events.

For a full list of all of the Oktoberfest events in South Florida please click here.

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