Next to the Christmas tree, Oktoberfest is the most popular German custom that Germany has ever exported to the rest of the world.
There’s one more weekend to enjoy the 45th annual Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches, now through Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. in Lake Worth!
Hours are Friday, 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
To avoid long waiting in long lines, buy your tickets online here. More than 35,000 visitors are expected over the two weekends of the festival, and there are express lanes for prepaid ticket holders that will get you to the fun faster.
For the last 45 years, the American-German Club of the Palm Beaches has hosted this German (actually Bavarian) celebration of beer and good times on the second and third weekends of October. Held on ten acres under a pavilion and massive tent, this Oktoberfest is one of the largest in the country.
Visitors can enjoy authentic German cooking such as Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Leberkäse, Sauerkraut, and for dessert, German pastry. To drink, there’s original Hofbräu Bier imported from Munich, Germany or domestic beer, liqueurs, wine or non-alcoholic beverages.
Enjoy traditional folk dancing, choral singing, and sing-alongs with two German. Folk dancing performances will be featured along with vendor and craft booths, a carnival for all ages and a kids’ zone.
There is free parking with trolley access at three neighborhood schools; Indian Pines Elementary on Lantana Road, west of the club, Diamond View Elementary and Tradewinds Middle Schools, on Haverhill Road just north of Lantana.
Limited preferred parking is available for $15 at the club and Buttonwood Park, across the street.
You are welcome to bring your own Stein, but outside food and drink and weapons are prohibited on the premises. No pets other than licensed service dogs with proper documentation.
Only small, personal bags are permitted; no backpacks, large bags or coolers.
The annual Oktoberfest is the the biggest party of the year, and you won’t want to miss it!