Location: 26811 South Tamiami Trail | Bonita Springs, FL 34134
For two weekends in October, you will feel like you’ve been transported to Munich, Germany, by way of Oktoberfest in Cape Coral. The 34th annual event, put on by the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral, is from Oct. 18 – 20 and Oct. 25 – 27. Guests can try a variety of German fare, listen to live bands play German music, dance on two dance floors, and sample a mouthwatering selection of German and domestic beer. There is plenty of free parking available and children under 12 get in free. Last year, Oktoberfest Chair, Juergen Wolfgang Schmidt, said up to 30,000 people came out for one of the two weekends. This is the type of event people talk about for months. It’s one of Cape Coral’s most beloved events.
Cape Coral Oktoberfest is all about bringing people together with good food, freshly poured beer, a fun atmosphere, live music on three stages, and two dance floors. Look for the vendor selling traditional German clothes if you really want to get in the spirit. Last year, the festival featured German favorites like knackwurst, bratwurst, schweinshaxe, schnitzel, currywurst and sauerbraten. Guests can expect to see the same German staples at Oktoberfest 2019 Cape Coral. There’s also carnival food and rides for the kids to enjoy. Where else can the whole family fully embrace German culture in Southwest Florida?
Oktoberfest in Cape Coral tickets can be purchased, here.
You’ll be able to enjoy a couple of weekends at Oktoberfest in Cape Coral from Oct. 18 through Oct. 20 and again from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27. Oktoberfest in Cape Coral’s address is located at 2101 Southwest Pine Island Road.
There are several large tents guests can sit under to enjoy their meal, a glass of beer and live entertainment. Set in Bavarian Biergarten, there are also plenty of benches to rest on as well. Local bands Possum Gravy, Hot Buttered Nuggets, the Lee County Pipes and Drums, Kelly Celtic Dance Academy and various German pop bands will perform.
Sit-down dinners in the von Steuben Hall include:
Vendor food menu:
The tradition of Oktoberfest in Germany started in 1810 when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Munich’s citizens attended the festivities. Horse races signaled the end of the event. They were held again the next year and quickly became an annual event, marking the beginning of the tradition of Oktoberfest. The horse races are no longer part of the tradition, but another one did survive. The first Agricultural Show was held a year later in 1811. It was designed to help boost the country’s agricultural efforts. Now it occurs every three years.
A carousel and two swings were built in 1818, along with a few small beer stands, which were replaced by beer tents and halls in 1896. The rest of the festival site became a type of carnival. The 186th Oktoberfest in 2019 will be from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6. Guests will enjoy roller coasters, carousels, a concert, and special German traditions.
The German-American Social Club of Cape Coral was founded in 1964. The club’s mission is to: “Promote good fellowship with a variety of social activities, to perpetuate traditional German festivals such as Oktoberfest, Karneval, Costume Balls, Folk Dances, etc., and to stimulate interest in the German language and customs.”
The German-American Social Club also features everything from Gartenfests to formal and masquerade balls. There is dinner and dancing every Friday night, and non-members are invited, too.
Whether you’re here for Oktoberfest in Cape Coral or you’ve stumbled upon it during your vacation to Southwest Florida or The Cape, this is one of the area’s most popular events. It’s a two-weekend party the entire family can enjoy. It features authentic German music, food and beer—not to mention clothing for men and women. Come out, have a good time, create precious, fun memories with your loved ones and meet new people! While you’re here it also doesn’t hurt to stay in luxury.