Families celebrate annual Oktoberfest in Miami (includes video story)

The German American Social Club of Miami is hosting their 65th annual Oktoberfest. Starting this evening, the event will host a variety of German dancers, music, foods and games.

Oktoberfest started in 1810 when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were then invited to join a two-week long festival and feast to commemorate the union.

“What I really like about this: it is a family event where families are happy to come, where kids run around the field and they have a great time,” said event volunteer Linda Dunlap. “I see grandparents dancing with grandchildren. I see people having a good time. People who never come [to the social club] for any other time come here for the Oktoberfest for the past 20-30 years.”

Dunlap also serves as the corresponding secretary of the social club. Oktoberfest kicks off this Friday afternoon at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online or in person. Adult tickets are $13 and $5 for kids ages two and up. Festivities will be held Friday through Sunday this weekend and the next from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23.

Samuel Rodriguez Garcia is a senior at Florida International University. Samuel hopes to bring a little more light to the world with every interaction. After graduation he will pursue a career in film making.