Celebrate Oktoberfest Without Traveling to Munich

It’s not necessary to travel to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest. Check out our recommendations!


Prost! Raise your stein and toast to October with AmaWaterways.  Guests sailing this Fall will have the opportunity to experience a true German Oktoberfest with a cold liter in the Bavarian town of Passau, an authentic sausage at the world’s oldest sausage kitchen in Regensburg, or even pretzel-making in Wertheim.  In addition, guests traveling on the Melodies of the Danube and Romantic Danube itineraries will enjoy their own exclusive Oktoberfest celebration in Vilshofen.  Guests docking in the German city are welcomed by the city’s Mayor and Bierkönigin (Beer Queen) and are invited to embrace the culture by tasting local beer and homemade pretzels, and dancing to Bavarian folk music. The festivities continue onboard with German-inspired cuisine and complimentary beer – including Bitburger, Germany’s #1 draft beer – and wine throughout the cruise. For more information on AwaWaterways’ itineraries and offers, please visit www.AmaWaterways.com.

Additionally, AmaWaterways and Adventures by Disney have partnered to offer an Oktoberfest river cruise set to sail in late-September 2018. 


Margaritaville is putting a twist on the original Oktoberfest. Celebrate this beer lover’s day island-style with LandShark Lager! Combining caramel malts and a blend of hops with a tangy surprise, The Shark Tank is the ideal combination for those looking to transport themselves to a tropical paradise in the middle of fall.

The Shark Tank

  • Ingredients
    • 6oz. LandShark Lager
    • 6oz. Of your favorite frozen margarita
    • 1ea. Gummy shark
  • Make It
    • Add gummy shark to the bottom of the glass
    • Fill glass half way with frozen margarita
    • Fill remainder of the glass with LandShark Lager
    • Garnish with a lime wedge
    • Extra: Add in a shot of Margaritaville Island Lime Tequila to load your lager

Makes one 14 ounce serving.

Unicoi State Park & Lodge

If you’re looking for an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, look no further than charming town of Helen, GA, a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village tucked away in the North Georgia Mountains. With an abundance of beer, brats, music and Lederhosen, Helen hosts one of the longest running Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States. While visiting this fall, enjoy the crisp, cool weather and colorful foliage right outside your door at Unicoi State Park & Lodge. Just three miles from Helen, Unicoi State Park & Lodge, is a picture-perfect escape offering mountaintop views, scenic trails and a number of adventure activities as part of the Adventure Lodge program. After spending time experiencing the great outdoors, head to the lodge’s Smith Creek Tavern for some craft beer specials or take the Unicoi shuttle to Helen and celebrate Oktoberfest all over again.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the laid-back, sophisticated Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, where travelers and locals alike seeking a German-style dinner in the heart of Floridian paradise can look no farther.

Providing spectacular views and innovative cuisine at the hotel, Bistro Restaurant, is offering a Germanic special at Bistro during the last two weeks of September. For $16, the special will include beer braised Brats served with sauerkraut, caramelized onions and parsley potatoes. While there, guests can overlook the sugar-sand beach and indulge in the pre-fixe menu while sipping on German beer that is paired with the dinner.