Oktoberfest In Florence

Saturday, October 14th brings yet another Oktoberfest celebration on the Oregon Coast. This time in Florence.

Held at the Florence Events Center, this harvest festival offers all-day entertainment in the way of Sam’s Polka Gems, Tirolean Dancers, Alpine Echoes Band and more. Don’t miss the Wiener Dog Races. Experience traditional cuisine of German and Bavarian food and desserts. And beir—-lots of beir!

In addition to all this fun, there will be vendor booths, contests and fun activities in a festive, European atmosphere. There is a charge at the door of $8.00 or you can pay $7.00 in advance.

And don’t forget the beir—-lots of beir!

A favorite Oktoberfest dance is the Doudbleska Polka. It is actually a dance from Czechoslovakia but often danced at German Oktoberfest celebrations in the US. There are 2 videos. I couldn’t pass up the first one knowing that the ethnicity of most of the dancers is definitely not German. One of the fun things about International Dance is that everyone can and does do it! The second video is offered to show what a fun social dance this is. Whooping and hollering is the norm and don’t forget your la la las.

And the whoop and holler one:

Polka bands are a specific style of music with a lot of Ump Pa Pa kind of rhythm. This is the music that the dancers follow. Polka band musicians usually dress in traditional German lederhosen and drindls. Most of the music is made with accordions, often accompanied by drums.

Don’t forget that www.umpquahaven.com is just 36 miles from Florence on the coast. An easy and beautiful drive along the Umpqua River and the Coast Road. Bring your RV and stay with us at Umpqua River Haven where you’ll have your own home amid the soothing Oregon Fir trees to come back to after a fun day celebrating Oktoberfest!


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