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
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.)
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
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