If you weren’t able to make it to Bavaria for Oktoberfest this year, World of Beer has a local substitution that may help you get over your no jet-setting sorrows. On Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, World of Beer will host “WOBtoberfest,” an Oktoberfest-style festival promising live music, “festive German and seasonal favorites on tap,” and giveaways at the center of the action.
Like last year, a segment of Intendencia Street will close and the parking lot to the south of World of Beer will become part of the festival grounds.
Outdoors, beer tents will pour Warstiener, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Abita Fall Fest, Sweetwater Motorboat and New Belgium Fat Tire. Liquor tents will also be open outdoors for those who aren’t focused on the signature beverage—if that’s possible. Indoors, WOB’s usual array of choices including a variety of marzens will be available.
“There will be a $5 admission both days Friday and Saturday, and we will also be offering World of Beer liter mugs for $15 including their first fill and $10 refills after that,” owner Scott Zepp explained.
WOBtoberfest’s musical lineup is geared to pretty much guarantee some brew-fueled dance moves. Friday, Fatty Waters (5:30 – 8 p.m.) and Maggie Koerner (9 – 11 p.m.) take the stage. Saturday’s lineup includes Flock of Sea Monkeys (3 – 5 p.m.), Timberhawk (6 – 8 p.m.), and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Bootie Band (9 – 11 p.m.).
With outdoor music and imbibing, WOBtoberfest will provide local beer fans a chance to party in the spirit of the original German celebration. While shorter than Munich, Germany’s 16-day Oktoberfest (which runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 6 this, its 180th year) Pensacola’s WOBtoberfest is a nod to that famed event, the world’s biggest beer festival.
WOBtoberfest began at the original Tampa location seven years ago. This marks the second annual event in Pensacola. Of last year’s festival, Zepp said, “It was a great foundation for us to grow our event for years to come.” So dust off your dirndl or lederhosen, put on your comfy shoes and a little sunblock, and get ready to say, “Prost!” to one of October’s best beer-centered events.
WHAT: World of Beer’s Oktoberfest Celebration
WHEN: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and 2 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
WHERE: World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox St.
COST: $5 per day (Admission for children under 13 is free; 21 and over only after 7 p.m.)