Beaches Oktoberfest returns Friday after 3-year pandemic pause

Get ready for music, food, vendors, art, and beer

Beaches Oktoberfest, Florida’s largest Oktoberfest returns Friday after a three-year hiatus. The Jacksonville Beach tradition was put on pause because of the pandemic.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Beaches Oktoberfest, Florida’s largest Oktoberfest returns Friday after a three-year hiatus. The Jacksonville Beach tradition was put on pause because of the pandemic.

Charles Wagoner Jr., the President and Founder of 904 Happy Hour, said the hope had been to bring it back last year, but sadly, it didn’t materialize. He said now is a perfect time.

“It’s been three years,” Wagoner said. “And we’re really excited to bring this great community event back to Jacksonville Beach.”

Thousands are expected to attend the 6th annual two-day festival at the Sea Walk Pavilion.

The event will feature two stages of live music, including country superstar Corey Smith and reggae band Inner Circle - The Bad Boys of Reggae. Eventgoers will be able to try multiple German, Oktoberfest and Craft beers. 60 local artists and makers will also have tents for attendees to check out. The event will also feature local food trucks, games and more.

Wagoner said the event is also bringing a touch of art and culture. He says eight international artists are being brought in.

“So, around the pavilion, we’ll have these art triangles set up where these artists will be doing live art,” Wagoner said. “Wood making, painting, spray painting, and showing off their craft.”

Wagoner said after a three-year hiatus, this is also about getting together and celebrating the community.

“It’s been too long, and this weekend, there’s so much happening in Jacksonville,” Wagoner said. “There’s Furyk and Friends happening in Timuquana, the Jaguars are playing. You’ve got a world-class festival at the beach. I mean, it’s exciting.”

Welcoming this Jacksonville Beach treasure back and making new memories. The event runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8.

The General Admission Experience Pass includes one free beer, a Festival Passport and a wristband that gives you access to food trucks, beverage stations, and concerts. The festival will also include a reimagined VIP Lounge with a couch and comfortable seating, a private bar, air-conditioned restrooms, and more.

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Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013 and reports every weekday for The Morning Show.