Shame on me for not having been to the REAL Oktoberfest in Munchen, BUT, Tim & I never miss our local fest in Lantana just south of West Palm.
This is a HUGE festival (one of the largest in the U.S and I'd dare to say the one with the BEST weather in early October) beneath a big pavillion and in a slightly wooded area with traditional long benches lined with thousands of people guzzling beer and singing along to the folk music.
Rides, games, live bands from Germany, traditional German food, imported German beer & schapps and TONS OF CHICKEN DANCING!
Check out the Web site for specific dates each year.
Take I95 south to Lantana Rd., exit heading West, pass Congress, Military Trail, and Haverhill Rd. The American German Club will be on your right just after Haverhill.
Head downtown to Clematis street and proceed east towards the library. Expect to be joined by throngs of people celebrating the near end of the work week at Clematis by Night.... life music, food vendors, some craft and whatnot venders AND a big beer truck- People of all ages, from babies to the elderly come out on this night to enjoy the balmy south Florida evening to music with friends... There are many restaurants right there as well, many with outdoor seating so you can have dinner and still be part of the festivities if you'd like...
There is a ground-level "dancing" fountain there as well that is lit up and the local kids love running through it and getting soaked (they come in their bathing suits!). And since most nights are pretty warm here, it's a lot of fun for them. So if you have kids, and it's hot, let them experience this if you want. Oftentimes there is even a lifeguard there to keep on a eye on everyone.
Every year, downtown West Palm Beach, along the Intracoastal Waterway becomes one big party with multiple stages featuring national music acts, an art show, two floating bars featuring Bacardi rum, tons of food, and thousands upon thousands of people dressed in casual summer attire.
If you're planning a trip this way, try and plan it during Sunfest.
Bands and performers like Lenny Kravitz, The B52's, John Mayer, No Doubt, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Goo Goo Dolls, Jimmy Buffet, The Black Crowes. etc. etc. have played for thousands under a stary sky @ past Sunfests.
Sunfest usually occurs sometime in late spring (April into May). Check out their site for specific dates each year.
Annual SunFest festival in West Palm Beach.
Florida's largest music, art and waterfront festival will feature more than 50 concerts by national recording artist.
Worth Avenue is Palm Beach is internationally reowned for its trend-setting shops like Gucci, Vittadini, Versace and Tiffany.
Adding to the shopping excitement is a new Neiman Marcus across the street from Worth Avenue's Esplande,
an attractive two-story building filled with international boutiques.