Ok­to­ber­fest 2017

Ger­man Gemütlichkeit, cel­e­brat­ing 32 years in Cape Co­ral

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It started with a cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion. But the Cape Co­ral Ok­to­ber­fest is one of South­west Florida’s big­gest fall tra­di­tions, each year bring­ing thou­sands of us to the Ger­man Amer­i­can So­cial Club grounds on Pine Is­land Road. This sea­son marks 32 years of the Cape Co­ral Ok­to­ber­fest. Billed as Mu­nich in Cape Co­ral, Ok­to­ber­fest is about com­mu­nity, mu­sic, danc­ing, fam­ily, re­fresh­ments, food and fun, or­ga­niz­ers say, or Ger­man Gemütlichkeit, trans­lat­ing to mean good cheer/sense of be­long­ing.

This year’s Ok­to­ber­fest―Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29―will of­fer three stages, two dance floors and two bands im­ported from Ger­many. There is a fes­ti­val tent, an out­side bier­garten, ven­dors, ex­hibits and amuse­ments tar­geted to fam­i­lies. Ok­to­ber­fest is a Bavar­ian fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates a num­ber of things. At its cen­ter, Ok­to­ber­fest is about peo­ple, or a Volk­fest. Cape Co­ral’s Ger­man-Amer­i­cans formed a so­cial club in the 1960s, pur­chased the land on which the club sits. De­tails are at capec­o­ralok­to­ber­fest.com.

This year’s Ok­to­ber­fest―Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29―will of­fer three stages, two dance floors and two bands im­ported from Ger­many. The Ger­man Amer­i­can So­cial Club is on Pine Is­land Road.

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