Oktoberfest in Texas
There are 2.5 million residents of the Lone Star State claiming German heritage and many will head to a Texas Oktoberfest in September or October 2016.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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We update the dates and locations of these German festivals as they are announced throughout the year.
Addison Oktoberfest – Addison, TX – September 15-18, 2016
You can find a Dallas Oktoberfest in Addison, located just north of Dallas. They transform the Addison Conference Centre into an authentic Munich beer hall with a Texas twist. It is considered one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States. More than 70,000 will enjoy German food, Paulaner beer, live music, polka, folk dancing, and children’s entertainment. Admission cost varies by day. There is also a three course tasting dinner served by Chamerlain’s Brau Haus for $49 per person. And don’t forget the WOKC Oktoberfest Run for the Children on Saturday. Location: Addison Circle Park, 4950 Addison Circle Dr., Addison Texas
St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest – Waxahachie, TX – September 17, 2016
St Joseph Catholic School hosts this one day annual festival thirty minutes south of Dallas. German food and BBQ, biergarten, 40+ vendor booths. Kinderfest with children’s games such as basketball shoot, skeeball, Star Wars laser tag, plinko, fish pond and horserace. Raffle with prizes like $250 gift cards, 32 GB iPad mini, PlayStation 4, and four season passes to Six Flags. Free admission and free parking. Location: Waxahachie Civic Center
Oktoberfest Houston – Houston, TX – September 24, 2016
Oktoberfest Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion – Fort Worth TX -September 22-24, 2016
Last year’s description: Oktoberfest, zie fest with zie best, is back in Fort Worth! Join us Thursday, September 24th through Saturday, September 26th at Panther Island Pavilion for an authentic German celebration with just the right amount of Texas thrown in to make it our own. You’ll find authentic German food, music, dancing, games, biergartens, dachshund races, as well as Spaten and other Fall and Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country. Location: 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
McKinney Oktoberfest – McKinney, TX – September 23-25, 2016
Family friendly event with German food, music, drinks and children’s activities. The “beer garden” is 14 blocks in the Historic Downtown square. The event will go on Friday night from 4 to 11 PM, on Saturday from 10 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.
Oktoberfest Fredericksburg – Fredericksburg, TX – Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016
If you are looking for an Austin Oktoberfest, we encourage you to check out the Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, located 90 minutes east of Austin. It will celebrate its 36th annual event in 2016 with three stages of oompah music, German bier tent, Kinder Park area for kids, arts & crafts, domino tournament and the chicken dance. Location: 100 West Main, Fredericksburg, TX
GACC South Oktoberfest – Houston, TX – Sept. 29, 2016
Traditional German food and Saint Arnold’s beer. Open bar, food buffet and live music. Limited to 300 guests. Hours are 7 PM to 10 PM.
Dallas Oktoberfest – October 1, 2016
Rahr Oktoberfest 5K – Fort Worth, TX – October 1, 2016
5k run/walk, live German polka and beer garden to benefit Fort Worth Police Officers’ Foundation. Location: 701 Galveston, Fort Worth, Texas
Surftoberfest – Corpus Christi, TX – October 1, 2016
Lake Highlands Oktoberfest – Lake Highlands, Texas – October 1, 2016
6th annual event brought to you by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. Live music, biergarten, food and kids activity area. Be there for tapping the keg.
Location: Lake Highlands Town Center, 7160 Skillman St Dallas, TX 75231
Fry Street 5K & Oktoberfest – Denton, TX – Oct 2, 2016
10th annual event.
Oktoberfest Granbury – Granbury – October 7-8, 2016
Third annual event on the historic banks of the Brazos River. General admission for adults 21+ is $10. Students 12-21 are $5 and kids are free.
Location: Langdon Cultural and Education Center, 301 E Pearl ST., Granbury, Texas 76048
Oktoberfest Southlake – Southlake, Texas – October 7-9, 2016
100,000 were expected at the 14th annual Texas Oktoberfest in 2015 with food, beverages, arts & crafts, live music, children’s area and wiener dog race. Location: 1256 Main St # 244, Southlake, TX 76092
Texas Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend – Todd Mission, TX – October 8-9, 2016
German music, dancing, bratwurst and steins of beer take over the Texas Renaissance Festival for the second weekend in October. Keg tapping, parade, and three contests for stein holding, bratwurst eating and the Bavarian costume contest. Location: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363
Island Oktoberfest – Galveston, Texas – October 21-22, 2016
Authentic German food, live music, beer, games and more at this 35th annual Galveston Oktoberfest hosted by First Lutheran Church. It will run from 5 to 11 PM on Friday night and 11 AM to 11 PM on Satuday. Admission is free. Location: 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550
Aliso Viejo Oktoberfest – Corpus Christi, TX – October 22, 2016
AustOberfest – Austin – October 22, 2016
All you can eat sausage and bier tasting event. Celebrate your German heritage in Central Texas with German beer, sausages, live music and bowling!
Wurstfest – New Braunfels, Texas – November 4-13, 2016
A celebration of German culture with food, German, Texan and domestic beer, live music and Bavarian entertainment, dancing, carnival rides and games. Location: 120 Landa St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor – San Antonio, TX – October 2-3 & 9-10, 2015
Christ the King Cathedral Oktoberfest – Lubbock, TX, Sept 11-12, 2015
Alamo Beer Company – San Antonio, TX – October 9-11, 2015
Banger’s Oktoberfest – Austin – October 15-18, 2016
NXNW Oktoberfest – Austin, TX – October 17-18, 2015
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest – October 18, 2015
St Pius X Oktoberfest – October 10-11, 2015
Oaktoberfest – Denton, TX – Oct 4, 2015
Location: Oak St. Drafthouse
Kemah Oktoberfest – Kemah, TX – October 9-11, 2015
Third annual Oktoberfest in Kemah with craft beer from around the world, live music and authentic German food made by King’s Biergarten. Admission is $8. Children under the age of twelve are free. The event is organized by Gulf Coast Festivals. Location: Kemah City Parking Lot, Kemah Lighthouse District between 6th St & 7th St, Kemah TX 77565
Trinity Lutheran Church Oktoberfest – Corpus Christi, TX
De Kalb Texas Oktoberfest – De Kalb – October 3, 2015
Held annually on the first Saturday in October. Kickoff the event with the Firemen’s pancake breakfast. There’s a parade, talent show, beauty pageant, street dance, classic car exhibit, gymnastics demonstration, carnival, Kids Korner, Lollie Moser Memorial Art Show, Quilts Expo and face painting.
Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest – Walburg, TX – Starts September 25, 2015
King’s Oktoberfest – Pearland – October 2-4, 2015
Huge Oktoberfest party in Pearland! Food, Fun. Bier plus live music! Ceremonial keg tapping, jousting and strong man competitions. Oktoberfest photo booth too!
Location: King’s Biergarten and Restaurant, 1329 East Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581
Fort Bliss MWR Oktoberfest – September 18-20, 2015
Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is organizing this event that has traditionally been run by the German air force. About 2500 are expected to attend on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $30 each. Price gets you a traditional German meal and beer stein. Must purchase beer separately. Sunday is a free family day and open to all ages.
Location: Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd.
Authentic El Paso Oktoberfest – September 11-13, 2015
German beer and food hosted by the El Paso Sports Commission. Gates open at 6 PM on Friday and Sunday, with activities running until midnight. Music by the band of Polka musician Alex Meixner. Tickets are $25-27, which includes a souvenir beer stein. VIP tickets available. Sunday is family day with games, music and acitvities from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Loction: El Paso County Coliseum
Oktoberfest By the Bay – Texas City, Texas – Oct 10, 2015
Memorial Lutheran Church will hold its 15th annual event from 11am to 6pm. There will be German food, cold beer, silent auction and raffles. For kids, there will be games, face ainting, train rides, moonwalk and slides.Free admission and parking.
Location: 2021-29th Street North, Texas City, TX
Lancaster Historical Society’s Annual Oktoberfest – Lancaster, TX – October 10, 2015
Location: 225 Pecan St Lancaster, TX 75146
Faith Lutheran Church and School Oktoberfest – Huntsville, TX – October 2015 (unknown)
Location: 111 Sumac Road, Huntsville, TX 77340
You probably don’t need to leave the state of Texas to find another Oktoberfest, but you might decide to amuse yourself by looking at the largest Oktoberfests in the United States so I’ll include the link here. As well as nearby states celebrating Oktoberfest: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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