Sarasota Oktoberfest

October 27-28, 2018, Sarasota, FL

Fall means it's time for Oktoberfest!  No matter where it is celebrated, there are a universally common staples: lively music, mouthwatering food, and big, big pints of beer. Now Paragon and the Humane Society of Sarasota County are bringing an authentic Oktoberfest experience to Sarasota on October 27-28, 2018.  You will be able to stuff yourself silly with smoked sausages, roasted meats, sauerkraut, cabbage, and pretzels while enjoying authentic German music and dancers.


Join us for Oktoberfest in beautiful downtown Sarasota on Gulf Stream on October 27-28, 2018. Hours are both Saturday 10am - 8pm and Sunday from 10am - 6pm and admission is free.  Music on Saturday will be provided by the OktoberFest Band and on Sunday by Alpine Doc & Fraeulein Gretel. Bavarian dancing throughout the weekend will be provided by Schuhplattler Gruppe Alpenrose.  Also enjoy a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products.


While at the event, the Humane Society will have their "Big Mac" mobile adoption center onsite. Please take a few moments to stop by and say “hi” to the dedicated staff and meet their extended family of friends awaiting adoption.  Find a new companion and lend support to a wonderful and compassionate organization.

October 27-28, 2018
Saturday 10am - 8pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm
Free admission
Driving Directions

GPS Address:  33 S. Gulf Stream., Sarasota, FL  34236

Driving Directions

1) from St. Armands Circle:  take John Ringling Blvd (SR-789) across rt. 41 to the intersection of Cocoanut and Gulf Stream (~4 min / 2.33 mi).  Turn Right onto Gulf Stream and proceed to Main St.  The Oktoberfest festival is directly ahead of you starting at Main Street.
2) from North or South of downtown Sarasota:  take Rt. 41 towards Marina Plaza/Main St.  Turn East on Main St. and continue on Main Street to Gulf Stream.  The Oktoberfest festival is on your right.

Parking Information

The Palm Avenue Garage (1289 Palm Ave.)

Garage parking is available at the award-winning Palm Avenue Garage, located one block from Main Street on North Palm Avenue, only steps away from Five Points intersection in downtown Sarasota. The Palm Avenue Garage is a newly designed and LEED Certified facility utilizing the latest technology in equipment and design.  The garage has spaces for 729 vehicles with handicap parking located on each floor close to the elevators.  The city provides four reserved electric car-charging stations on the ground floor. The Palm Avenue parking garage is a perfect location to park short or long-term visits to downtown Sarasota.  


State Street Garage (1538 State Street)

The parking garage bi-lateral entrance and exit points will provide excellent access from both State Street and Ringling Boulevard.  Parking spaces are located on levels 2 through 6, with motorcycle, bicycle and handicap van access on the ground floor.  With downtown parking demands so high, parking time limits will ensure there is always a parking space available in either the 2-hour parking "shopper zone", or the 4-hour time restricted area on levels 4 through 6. 


2nd Street Garage (1400 Block of 2nd Street)

The 2nd Street Garage is located between First and Second streets, directly across from Whole Foods.  Ground floor parking is intended for customers of Whole Foods,  while the second and third levels of the garage are open to the public (except where posted).  The public parking access ramp is located on Second Street, near the corner of Central Ave.  There are time restrictions in the facility that are monitored by the City Parking Division and for which citations are issued for time violations.  The time restrictions are as  follows:

Ground level:  2 hours              Levels 2 and 3:  4 hours


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