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German American Social Club to celebrate its 57 Oktoberfest

 
 
Festival goers celebrate at the 57th annual Oktoberfest German American Social Club. The event will take place two weekends at the German American Social Club.
Festival goers celebrate at the 57th annual Oktoberfest German American Social Club. The event will take place two weekends at the German American Social Club.
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What: The German American Social Club’s 57th annual Oktoberfest

at 11919 SW 56 Street.

When: The weekends of Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. Fridays, 6 p.m.-midnight. Saturdays, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Sundays, noon-9 p.m.

Cost: Adults, $10; 12-20 years old, $1.00; kids under 12, free. Military service members, Miami-Dade employees, including school employees — with ID — are free. Full festival tickets (all six days) are $30.

For info: Call 305-552-5123.


Special to the Miami Herald

Celebrate Oktoberfest in South Florida without having to fly to Germany at the German American Social Club in Miami.

The event will be held at 11919 SW 56th Street on the weekends of Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. It is open to the public, and parking is free.

Visitors will get an authentic German experience, complete with foods, drinks and lots of other cultural staples. Three folk groups from the club will be performing during the festival, along with musicians from Germany and Austria.

Club president Oscar Willumsen Jr. said the event gets better every year.

“We cannot change too much, as this is a traditional event — some characteristics must be preserved,” he said. “We are, however, improving everything. The kitchen will have more options for meals. The music will have a new an updated repertoire; more carnival rides than previous years, and different ones; more attractions for kids; and competitions of all kinds, including dance. A ticket to Germany will be raffled, as always.”

Volunteers for the German American Social Club, a nonprofit organization, help organize the festival. The club contributes to many charities in many different ways. This year, the group is celebrating its 57th Oktoberfest.

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