Oktoberfest in Texas
Texas is know for great festivals and this years 2014 Oktoberfest in Texas events will be first class fun. There are 2.5 million residents claiming German heritage in Texas. Do we really need to explain the fact that this makes for some great Oktoberfest celebrations? Party on, Texas! I found the following 20 Texas Oktoberfest parties:
Addison Oktoberfest – Addison, TX – September 18-21, 2014
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
Waxahachie Oktoberfest – Waxahachie, TX – September 20, 2014
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
Rahr Oktoberfest 5K – Fort Worth, TX – September 27, 2014
5k run/walk, live German polka and beer garden to benefit Trinity Habitat for Humanity. Location: 701 Galveston, Fort Worth, Texas
Oktoberfest Fredericksburg – Fredericksburg, TX – October 3-5, 2014
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 34th annual event in 2014 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
Oktoberfest Southlake – Southlake, Texas – October 3-5, 2014
Nearly 50,000 are expected at this 13th annual Texas Oktoberfest with food, beverages, arts & crafts, live music, children’s area and wiener dog race. Location: 1256 Main St # 244, Southlake, TX 76092
Kemah Oktoberfest – Kemah, TX – October 4-5, 2014
Second 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
Faith Lutheran Church and School Oktoberfest – Huntsville, TX – October 11, 2014
It’s a bring your own beer Oktoberfest from 3-7 PM on the second Saturday in October. German food for $10 a plate, live music from Das Ist Lustig and dancing by the Rathkamp German Folk Dancers. Kinderfest for children. Admission is free! Location: 111 Sumac Road, Huntsville, TX 77340
Texas Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend – Todd Mission, TX – October 11-12, 2014
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 24-25, 2014
Authentic German food, live music, beer, games and more at this 33rd annual Galveston Oktoberfest hosted by First Lutheran Church. Admission is free. Location: 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550
Christ the King Cathedral Oktoberfest – Lubbock, TX, October 25, 2014
AustOberfest – Austin – Sept 27, 2014
Celebrate your German heritage in Central Texas with German beer, sausages, live music and bowling. Austin Saengerrunde will host the 2nd annual event at Saengerrunde Hall and Scholz Bier Garten (1607 San Jacinto Blvd). Nine beer options from Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr. Unlivinted German-style sausages, mustards and sides. Sausage tasting is from 1-5 PM. Rooftop beer garden and live music from Czech polka band Czech Melody Masters and honky tonk band The Derailers. All inclusive tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
De Kalb Texas Oktoberfest – De Kalb – October 4, 2014
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.
Authentic El Paso Oktoberfest – September 12-14, 2014
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
Fort Bliss MWR Oktoberfest – September 19-21, 2014
Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is organizing this event that has traditionally been run by the German air force. It is moving from its former location on Carter Road. 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.
Wurstfest – New Braunfels, Texas – November 7-16, 2014
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
Lake Highlands Oktoberfest – Lake Highlands, Texas – October 4, 2014
4th annual event brought to you by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. Live muisc, biergarten, food and kids activity area. Be there for tapping the keg.
Location: Lake Highlands Town Center, 7160 Skillman St Dallas, TX 75231
McKinney Oktoberfest – McKinney, TX – September 26-28, 2014
Family friendly event with German food, music, drinks and children’s activities. The “beer garden” is 14 blocks in the Historic Downtown square.
Southern Star Oktoberfest – Conroe, TX – September 20, 2014
Southern Star Brewing Company hosts an Oktoberfest featuring its craft beer and live music by Folk Family Revival. Tickets are $40 per person. The Designated Driver ticket is $15. Tickets include beer mug, beer, bratwurst plate, and live band music.
Location: 1207 N. FM 3083 East, Conroe, Texas 77303.
Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest – Walburg, TX – Oktoberfest starts September 27, 2013
Lancaster Historical Society’s Annual Oktoberfest – Lancaster, TX – October 11, 2013
Location: 225 Pecan St Lancaster, TX 75146
Oktoberfest By the Bay – Texas City, Texas – Oct 12, 2013
Location: Memorial Lutheran Church from 11am to 6pm
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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