For two weekends in October, you will feel like you’ve been transported to Munich, Germany, by way of Oktoberfest in Cape Coral. The annual event, put on by the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral, happens every October. 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. Oktoberfest Chair Juergen Wolfgang Schmidt said as many as 30,000 people come out for the two-weekend festival. This is the type of event people talk about for months, and itt’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. The festival features German favorites like knackwurst, bratwurst, schweinshaxe, schnitzel, currywurst and sauerbraten. Guests can expect to see the same German staples at Oktoberfest Cape Coral every year. 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?
When is Oktoberfest in Cape Coral?
Oktoberfest in Cape Coral happens every October. This year’s Oktoberfest in Cape Coral takes place over two weekends, October 20-22 & 27-29, 2023. It occurs at the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral, 2101 Southwest Pine Island Road.
You Can Find Oktoberfest in Cape Coral Tickets At These Locations:
- German American Social Club of Cape Coral — 2101 Southwest Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral — (239) 283-1400
- Farmer Joe’s — 1401 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral — (239) 510-4385
- European Food Market — 12901 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers — (239) 332-7200
- European Grocery Market — 1242 SW Pine Island Rd, Suite 53, Cape Coral — (239) 599-8253
- Geier’s Sausage Kitchen — 7447 South Tamiami Trl, Sarasota — (941) 923-3004
- Kallis German Butcher Shop — 2420 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte — (941) 627-1413
- Trebing Tile — 4537 Del Prado Blvd South, Cape Coral — (239) 549-6999
Oktoberfest Cape Coral Events
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 perform every year.
The Oktoberfest Cape Coral Menu
- Schnitzel platter
- Schnitzel on a stick
- German potato salad
- French Fries
- Potato pancakes
- German beer
Sit-down dinners in the von Steuben Hall include:
- Red Cabbage
Vendor food menu:
- Hot dogs
- Ice cream
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. Guests will enjoy roller coasters, carousels, a concert, and special German traditions.
German-American Social Club of Cape Coral Events
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.
Vacation with Royal Shell for Oktoberfest in Cape Coral, FL
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 Fort Myers vacation rentals. Contact us today to book your vacation!