Five Reasons to Party in October

First of all don’t be thrown off by the title. There are more than five reasons to party in October but for the sake of blogging rules I picked five.


Waste no time and kick off the month, October 1 with The Florida Theatre’s Blues, Brews and BBQ. This fundraiser for the theatre features local craft beer, local live blues music and tours of the theatre.

Save some energy because the very next day, yours truly (DVI) is hosting the inaugural Oktoberfest @ Art  Walk benefit. Hemming Plaza and Laura Street will transform into a biergarten block party featuring Dan Witulcki & Mein Heimatland Musikanten, an oompah-pah band that will get the crowd going with contests and dancing. Dress to the nines in lederhosens, gorge on eating German-style food and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars (that means no rain is allowed). The party, featuring local, seasonal and German beer, has extended hours until 11 p.m. All proceeds from beer sales benefit future First Wednesday Art Walks.


Give your liver a break from the drinks and the food you just consumed and your body a treat. Stop by Community First Saturday, it’s the second one of the season!

Though outside of the official Downtown boundaries, the week of partying wraps up with our neighbors over in Riverside at Memorial Park for Intuition Ale Works’ third Oktoberfest celebration. The party features tapping of their Oktoberfest brews, games, contests, live music and more. Proceeds benefit the Memorial Park Association.

The first week of October sets the precedent for the rest of the month. Catch up on some sleep and be prepared for the three-day Jaxtoberfest at the Shipyards. Jaxtoberfest features a 5k, live music, kid activities and of course German food and beer.

So what I’m trying to tell you is that there is no reason to have a boring October. Grab your friends, attend these events and have a ball.

For more Downtown events visit DVI’s event calender.