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Halfway to Oktoberfest set for this weekend

By CJ HADDAD - | Apr 11, 2024

As a way to mark the halfway point to its biggest event of the year, the German American Social Club of Cape Coral will welcome the public to its grounds for a weekend of good music, eats, and drink.

The Halfway to Oktoberfest at the GASC’s Bavarian Gardens takes place this Saturday and Sunday, providing a feel and taste of German heritage. GASC officials say club members are ready to prepare the outdoor gardens and bring the festivities into full swing. The event will be held on April 13 from noon to 8 p.m., and April 14 from noon to 7 p.m.

The Bavarian Gardens were bustling last month, with good beer, cheer and more. Those seated around the dance floor at the pavilion were tapping their feet and raising their cups. GASC President Erich Kohl is extremely pleased to see the response of the community to the club’s invitation to celebrate the club’s heritage with the fun-loving Southwest Florida community in the Cape Coral gardens.

“We’re always excited to have the public with us on our grounds to enjoy our events,” Kohl said. “We’re halfway there. Six months to go or thereabout.”

A highlight during this weekend’s festivities will be a performance on Saturday by the A’Finnity Band led by Evan Finn — a southern rock/country band. To keep things interesting, the band’s lineup includes some up-tempo blues and classic rock. GASC officials said this music is designed to keep the audience moving and is familiar to most who hear it.

The more traditional music acts will include Manni Daum, Werner Smolka, and Duo Surprise.

“We’re doing a combination of music styles,” Kohl said. “We’ll hit our American side, and then of course, some of our usual German entertainers there both days as well.”

Southwest Floridians will be able to enjoy two pleasant and fun-filled afternoons of German food, beer or wine, and great tunes and atmosphere.

“This weekend’s weather looks great, with people being able to taste all of our different German beers we have to offer,” Kohl said. “We have domestics as well. We’ll have bratwurst and potato pancakes, schnitzel — all sorts of goodies and German desserts as well.”

Kids are welcome at the festival, where they will be able to enjoy some fun activities at the Kinder Klub, including a kids’ crafts corner and face painting, offering fun for the entire family.

Tickets are $5 and parking is free, as is admission for children ages 12 and younger.

The festivities will continue with an All-American Barbecue on May 26 over Memorial Day weekend, which will honor active duty and retired military.

The GASC has been brimming with excitement with its jam-packed schedule of events this season. Kohl and his team are proud to be able to welcome everyone in Cape Coral and beyond to the German American Social Club of Cape Coral, where he and his members regularly celebrate German Heritage.

The club opens its doors to members and the public for dinner and dancing every Friday at 5:30 p.m.

The club and Bavarian Gardens are at 2101 Southwest Pine Island Road.

For more information, visit gasc-capecoral.com.