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Prost to Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest! The event has gotten so big they had to move it just outside of Oldsmar this year to Tampa Bay Downs (11225 Race Track Road).

Bevis from 99.5 QYK says, “it’s probably the biggest Oktoberfest in the Tampa Bay area.”

The event runs Friday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 24th (times vary by day).

Tickets are just $5. Military (with ID) and children 12 and under are free!

They have carnival rides for the kids, food, a Weiner Dog Derby and keg-hurling. Each day will also feature live music including a chance to get your polka on!

One thing not to be missed is the stein-holding contest. There will be a contest each day for both men and women and a championship on Sunday where a trophy will be awarded. Bevis says it can get really interesting, “We have to warn people not to drink the beer that’s in the stein cause typically it’s been siting in the hot-baking sun all weekend…But you always get somebody that probably has had several beers and wants to try and drink it”.

You can get all the details on the Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest on their website.

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Hear more about the Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest (3:58) on the Experience Tampa Bay in 10 Minutes or Less podcast. You can also hear more about the best Chinese takeout in Tampa Bay (:45) and learn more about MacDinton’s Irish Pub (6:43).


Scenes from Oktoberfest

You are never quite sure what you will see at Oktoberfest in Germany or in Ohio as the photos below illustrate.