Oktoberfest is coming and you know what that means.
It’s time to drink beer.
You can do that any time, of course, but somehow it’s more special when you are part of the beer-swilling zeitgeist.
Here are just a few of the beer-centric celebrations happening in and around Miami in October. Expect many, many abuses of the name “Oktoberfest.”
The Butcher Shop
Expect beer (surprise) from different local breweries and German food and drink specials daily in addition to the usual menu. On the weekends, compete in contests like the Liter Chug. What could possibly go wrong?
Oct. 1-13; 165 NW 23rd St., Miami
This party has so much going on it had to last more than one night. Expect games, tastings, live music, food, $2 fireball shots and free beer for ladies.
4 p.m.-3 a.m. Sept. 19 and 26; Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami, free tickets at eventbrite
Concrete Beach Brewery Blocktoberfest
Head to the Social Hall and sample beer from lots of Miami-area breweries, including Biscayne Brewing, MIA Beer Company, Wynwood Brewing, Veza Sur and Beat Culture.
Noon-midnight Sept. 21, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; free admission
Head to the beer hall for the 10th Sam Adams Octoberfest and get your photo taken in the grand photo booth before you get too sloppy. Or, conversely, wait till you’re extra sloppy. Those photos are always more fun. Food, live music, games - and you can bring your dog.
4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept 27; 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept. 28, noon-8p.m. Sept. 29 at Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; tickets $12-$30 at wynwoodoctoberfest.com
Abbey Brewing Company Octoberfest
The 24th annual celebration at this South Beach bar means traditional beer and craft beer, German food, shot specials and a pig roast.
1 p.m.-5 a.m. Sept. 29, 1115 16th St., Miami Beach
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
For 10 days, this Coral Gables bar keeps the German fun coming with live music, food and (of course) beer.
11 a.m.-1 a.m. Oct 3-12; 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables; free admission
The Wharf celebrates German tradition with live music, Oktoberfest drink specials and German-inspired food all night. Kids and dogs welcome before 6 p.m.
Oct. 5-6, 114 Southwest North River Dr., Miami; admission free
German American Social Club of Greater Miami
For 62 years, this group has celebrated with German food and beer, authentic German music and dancing. There will also be bounce houses and activities for kids.
6 p.m. to midnight Oct 11; 1 p.m.-midnight Oct. 12 and Oct. 19; noon-10 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 20; 11919 SW 56th St. , Miami; tickets $10-$30 at gascmiami.org
It’s a beer festival in Coconut Grove. Lots and lots of breweries will be represented, with more than 500 beers available to taste. What more do you need to know?
2-7 p.m. Oct. 12, Regatta Park, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove; tickets $44-$84 at eventbrite.com