Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated in Munich, Germany every year. It celebrates all aspects of the German culture and offers tons of fun for all that attend.
Many people dream of attending the Oktoberfest in Munich. But not everyone can make it to Germany for the festival. That’s why many cities host their own Oktoberfests.
Tarpon Springs hosts an Oktoberfest you won’t want to miss. Here’s what you can expect when you visit.
About Tarpon Spring Oktoberfest
Tarpon Springs Oktoberfest takes place in downtown Tarpon Springs on Orange St. between Safford and N. Pinellas. In 2022, it will be happening October 19-20. It is free to enter.
Hours are as follows:
• Friday: 6 PM to 11 PM
• Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM
• Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM
The event is hosted by the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association. It started in 2013 and it has grown each year. It has vendors, amusement park rides, wiener dog races and a Greek and European tent section.
Events and Activities
Here are some events and activities you can enjoy when you attend:
• Tapping of the keg
• Live music
• Wiener dog races
• A stein hosting competition
• Vendor stalls and amusement park open
• Beer and food tents open
• Weiner dog races
• Best beard contest (ladies and gentlemen welcome)
• Chicken dance contest
• Best German costume contest
• Beer stein hoisting contest
• Dancing and live music
• Vendors, food, and drink tents
• Amusement Park rides
• Live music
• Final toast and closing ceremonies
In addition to offering German foods, Greek foods c/o the Greek Orthodox church as well as Italian and European specialties are also available.
Here are some menu items you can choose from:
• Hot dogs
• Jaeger schnitzel
• Spaetzle and kraut
• Potato pancakes
• Potato twister treats
• German potato salad
• Beer cheese soup
• French fries
• Smokehouse BBQ specials
• Ice cream
• Italian ice
• Wood fired wings
• Kettle corn
• Roasted nuts
• Sea food
• Thai food
• Greek food
Tarpon Springs Oktoberfest serves a variety of beer including these special brews:
• Hacker Pschorr Original Oktoberfest: Many feel this beer is better than the traditional Marzen. It has a golden amber color, a scent of malt aroma, and a light hoppy flavor. It comes from malted barley picked on the Bavarian countryside.
• Hacker Pschorr Weisse Dark: This dark wheat beer has an opal black color with a hint of amber. The malt aroma offers scents of caramel, apricot, and clove. It has a sweet, spicy flavor with a bitter hoppy hint. It is made with carefully selected wheat and barley.
• Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn Beer: This beer is an Oktoberfest standard.
• Paulaner Hefeweizen: This beer has a naturally cloudy, shiny gold appearance and a strong head of foam. It has a slight banana aroma and a sweet, bitter taste with hints of pineapple and mango. It offers a somewhat yeasty taste.
If you can’t make it out to Germany for Oktoberfest, Tarpon Springs offers the perfect alternative. There are so many fun things to see and do. Will you be booking a trip for the coming season?