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 2020.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Addison Oktoberfest - Addison, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Oktoberfest Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
Oktoberfest, zie fest with zie best, is back in Fort Worth! Join us 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.
Oktoberfest Houston - Houston, TX - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Head to Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park for Houston’s only Beer Fest with a German twist. Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls and enjoy a variety of German and Craft beer with some of the best polka music in Texas. Portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profit, Play for Life Houston.
McKinney Oktoberfest - McKinney, TX - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Family friendly event with German food, music, drinks and childrens activities. The “beer garden” is 14 blocks in the Historic Downtown square. Since 2008.
Rahr Oktoberfest 5K - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 26, 2020
5k run/walk and 10k run, followed by live German polka and beer garden to benefit Fort Worth Police Officers’ Foundation. Location: 701 Galveston, Fort Worth, Texas
Oktoberfest Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg, TX - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
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 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
Oktoberfest Southlake - Southlake, TX - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
100,000 are expected at this free annual Texas Oktoberfest with food, beverages, arts & crafts, live music, childrens area and wiener dog race.
Texas Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend - Todd Mission, TX - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
German music, dancing, bratwurst and steins of beer take over the Texas Renaissance Festival for the weekend. Keg tapping, parade, and three contests for stein holding, bratwurst eating and the Bavarian costume contest. Location: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363
Muenster Oktoberfest - Muenster, TX - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Stein hoisting competition, .5k beer run, dirndl and lederhosen, weiner dog race, tapping of the keg, food and more
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 10, 2020
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the German-Texan Heritage Society from 11am – 7pm. Come and enjoy some Gemuetlichkeit, German food and beer as well as live bands.
Island Oktoberfest - Galveston, TX - Oct 23 to Oct 25, 2020
Authentic German food, live music, beer, games and more at this annual Galveston Oktoberfest hosted by First Lutheran Church. It will run from 5 to 10 PM on Friday night and 11 AM to 10 PM on Satuday. Admission is free.
The Kingwood Oktoberfest - Kingwood, TX - Jan 1 to Oct 20, 2018
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: German food and music
Wurstfest - New Braunfels, TX - Nov 5 to Nov 14, 2021
A celebration of German culture with food, German, Texan and domestic beer, live music and Bavarian entertainment, dancing, carnival rides and games.
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Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor - San Antonio, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 13, 2018
Friday and Saturday for 2 weekends!
Authentic El Paso - El Paso, TX - Sep 7, 2019
$25 VIP early bird ticket gets you a stein, 1 liter of beer, and a meal. Enjoy live music, German food and beer!
Fort Bliss MWR Oktoberfest - Fort Bliss, TX - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is organizing this event that has traditionally been run by the German air force. About 1500 are expected to attend on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $35 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.
Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest - Walburg, TX - Sep 20, 2019
Live entertainment, family friendly, and beer garden
Whitestone Brewery Oktoberfest - Cedar Park, TX - Sep 21 to Oct 5, 2019
Beer tastings, bingo, pretzel making class, live music, beer olympics and more over two weeks.
Alamo Beer Company Oktoberfest - San Antonio, TX - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2019
In line with authentic Oktoberfest tradition, the festivities kick off Friday with a tapping of the keg by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. They’ll have live German music all 3 days, clogging performances, Bavarian food offerings, and a full selection of Alamo beers—including their Oktoberfest Marzenbier—on tap
Banger’s Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Sep 26 to Sep 28, 2019
Lake Highlands Oktoberfest - Lake Highlands, TX - Sep 28, 2019
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.
King’s Oktoberfest - Pearland, TX - Oct 4 to Oct 20, 2019
Two weekends with a weekend off in the middle. Huge Oktoberfest party in Pearland! Food, Fun. Bier plus live music! Ceremonial keg tapping, jousting and strong man competitions. Oktoberfest photo booth too!
Surftoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 5, 2019
Outdoor fall festival with food, live music, and beer, plus a stein holding compeition, lederhosen contest, arts & crafts, and more!
West Hickory Street 5K and Oktoberfest - Denton, TX - Oct 5, 2019
The day kicks off with a 5K and costume contest, followed by live music, food, weiner dog races, stein hoists, beer and more! Formerly Fry Street Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest Granbury - Granbury, TX - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
3 day event to be held just off the courthouse square, free to the public, continuous live music, German food and beverages, arts and craft vendors, family fun, contests and prizes.
Trinity Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 19, 2019
German food & drinks, children’s activities, music and crafts
NXNW Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2019
Bouncy house and other kids activities, artisan booths, bratwurst and hot dog eating contests, beer stein holding contest, and German food and beer!
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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.
Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.
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