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Raise your glass to these Oktoberfest happenings across Florida

Revelers toast at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables.
Revelers toast at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

It may not quite be sweater weather, but this fall Floridians will definitely be putting on their beer coats.

The state offers a variety of beer-oriented festivals now through November in the same style of the world renowned Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, happening this year from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4.

A trip across the Atlantic may not be in the books for some, but if you’ve got a spare weekend in the coming weeks you’ll be sure to find a festival where you can get your fill of beers and bratwurst.

For one of the most authentic German experiences, consider Fritz and Franz Bierhaus Oktoberfest in Coral Gables. While most stateside Oktoberfest festivals last three days tops, this one spans 11 full days.

“We’ve been doing it for 21 years now and every year it gets bigger and bigger… it’s just a really fun, exciting time for Coral Gables,” said James Neuweg, Fritz and Franz Bierhaus manager.

Neuweg said they try to make their Oktoberfest as authentic as possible, even flying in entertainment from Austria and Germany. The event is free and generally attracts about 10,000 visitors annually.

Oktoberfest happenings plus other festivals are spread from the Keys to the Panhandle throughout the month, so grab your stein and your lederhosen and check out what the state has to offer:

▪ German American Society of Pinellas Oktoberfest: Sept 25-26, Oct. 2-3, Oct. 9-10. Doors open at 5 p.m. 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park. http://germantampa.com/oktoberfest-2015/

▪ Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Sept. 25-Nov. 16. Tickets start at $97. 200 Epcot Center Drive, Orlando. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

▪ Orlando Oktoberfest: Sept. 26, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. 2300 Pembroke Drive, Orlando. www.oktoberfestorlando.org

▪ German American Club Hollywood Oktoberfest: Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24. Begins at 5:30 p.m. each day. 6401 Washington St., Hollywood. www.germanamericanclubhollywood.org

▪ Taptoberfest: Sept. 26-27. 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15 general admission. 699 W. Gaines St., Tallahassee. www.visittallahassee.com

▪ Samuel Adams Octoberfest: Oct. 1-4. Thursday 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free. 2250 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. http://thisisoctoberfest.com/

▪ Fritz and Franz Bierhaus Oktoberfest: Oct. 1-11. Daily noon to midnight, Sundays noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables. www.bierhaus.cc/oktoberfest-index.php

▪ Oakland Park Oktoberfest: Oct. 2-3. Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free. 4000 N Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. http://oaklandparkfl.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID19

▪ Blocktoberfest: Oct. 3. Starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free, 21 and up only. Wall St., Orlando. http://wallstplaza.net/

▪ Casselberry Oktoberfest: Oct. 3, 24. 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry. www.orlandogermanclub.com

▪ Florida Keys Oktoberfest: Oct. 3. Begins at 4 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $12 per person, RSVP at 305-852-1872. 92600 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. www.keylargochamber.org/events/Oktoberfest-838/details

▪ Flora-Bama Oktoberfest: Oct. 3. All day and all night, with a cover for adults after 6 p.m. Taking place at the Flora-Bama, the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and the Flora-Bama Ole River Bar in Perdido Key. www.florabama.com/events/oktoberfest

▪ Octoberfest Miami: Oct. 4. 501 Marlins Way, Miami. www.octoberfestmiami.com

▪ Jaxtoberfest: Oct. 9-10. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. One-day tickets are $8 each, children 12 and under are free. 663 River City Dr, Jacksonville. http://jaxtoberfest.com/

▪ Avalon Park Oktoberfest: Oct. 9-10. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. both days. Free. 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd, Orlando. www.eventsatavalonpark.com/festivals

▪ 42nd annual Oktoberfest: Oct. 9 -11, 16-18. Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m. 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. www.americangermanclub.org/oktoberfest/index.html

▪ Port St. Lucie Oktoberfest: Oct. 9-11. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St Lucie. www.psloktoberfest.blogspot.com

▪ Oktoberfest Tampa: Oct. 9-11. Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance. 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. www.oktoberfesttampa.com

▪ The Original Beerfest: Oct. 10. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25-$65. 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. www.browardpalmbeach.com

▪ Beer, Bacon, & BBQ Festival: Oct. 10. 2 p.m. to 7 pm. $25 in advance, $35 at the gates. 274 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs. www.BeerAndBaconFestival.com

▪ Oktoberfest on the Beach: Oct. 10. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Bay Palm Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach. www.oktoberfestonthebeach.com

▪ GIPA Oktoberfest: Oct. 10. Noon to 7 p.m. Free. 11919 SW 56th St., Miami. www.gipa.org/v3/oktoberfest.shtml

▪ The Festival: Oct. 16-17. International celebration of beer and cider. 535 4th Ave N., St Petersburg. www.sheltonbrothers.com/festival

▪ Panama City Oktoberfest: Oct. 16-17. Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 413 Harrison Ave., Panama City. www.pcdib.com

▪ Celebrate Beer: Oct. 16-17. Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 3 p.m. to midnight. 1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee. www.ohpark.com

▪ Oktoberfest in Cape Coral: Oct. 16-18, 23-25. Runs from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 atthe gate, $5 in advance. 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. www.capecoraloktoberfest.com

▪ Oktoberfest Miami: Oct. 16-18, 23-25. Tickets for anyone 21 and older are $10. 11919 SW 56th Street, Miami. http://gascmiami.org/oktoberfestmiami

▪ Octoberfest Las Olas: Oct. 17. 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets required. 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. www.octoberfestlasolas.com

▪ Grovetoberfest: Oct. 17. Begins at 4 p.m. General admission is $40. 2820 McFarlane Road, Cocounut Grove. www.grovetoberfest.com

▪ Rocky Water Brewfest: Oct. 17. $35 at the gate. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 587 W Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. www.rockywaterbrewfest.com

▪ Oktoberfest at Mission San Luis: Oct. 23. Begins at 7 p.m. $55 per general admission ticket. 2100 West Tennessee St., Tallahassee. www.ecsbigbend.org/index.php/events/oktoberfest

▪ Celebration Oktoberfest: Oct. 23-24. From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 701 Front St., Celebration. http://celebrationtowncenter.com/events/oktoberfest-2015/

▪ Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest: Oct. 23-25. 5 p.m to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. $5 admission. 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. www.utbchamber.com/event/oktoberfest

▪ Vero Beach Oktoberfest and Music Jam: Oct. 24. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $3. 7955 58th Ave, Vero Beach. www.vboktoberfest.com