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 2017.
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Addison Oktoberfest - Addison, TX - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
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.
St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest - Waxahachie, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
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. Free admission and free parking. Location: Waxahachie Civic Center
Oktoberfest Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2017
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.
McKinney Oktoberfest - McKinney, TX - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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 Houston - Houston, TX - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
Rahr Oktoberfest 5K - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
5k run/walk, live German polka and beer garden to benefit Fort Worth Police Officers’ Foundation. Location: 701 Galveston, Fort Worth, Texas
AustOberfest - Austin, TX - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
All you can eat sausage and bier tasting event. Celebrate your German heritage in Central Texas with German beer, sausages, live music and bowling!
Oktoberfest Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg, TX - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
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
Oktoberfest Southlake - Southlake, TX - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
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.
De Kalb Texas Oktoberfest - De Kalb, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
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.
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest - , TX - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
Island Oktoberfest - Galveston, TX - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2017
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.
Muenster Oktoberfest - Muenster, TX - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2017
Wurstfest - New Braunfels, TX - Nov 3 to Nov 12, 2017
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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Authentic El Paso - El Paso, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
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. Live Music. 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.
Whitestone Brewery Oktoberfest Kick Off Weekend - Cedar Park, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Jorg’s Café Vienna Oktoberfest - Plano, TX - Sep 17 to Oct 8, 2016
Fort Bliss MWR Oktoberfest - Fort Bliss, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
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.
Alamo Beer Company - San Antonio, TX - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016
GACC South Oktoberfest - Houston, TX - Sep 29 to Sep 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.
Surftoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Lake Highlands Oktoberfest - Lake Highlands, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 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.
Trinity Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Fry Street 5K and Oktoberfest - Denton, TX - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
10th annual event.
Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor - San Antonio, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2016
October 7-8 & 14-15, 2016
King’s Oktoberfest - Pearland, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Huge Oktoberfest party in Pearland! Food, Fun. Bier plus live music! Ceremonial keg tapping, jousting and strong man competitions. Oktoberfest photo booth too!
Oktoberfest Granbury - Granbury, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
3 day event this year, October 7, 8, & 9, to be held on Houston Street 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.
Oktoberfest By the Bay - Texas City, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Memorial Lutheran Church will hold its 16th 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.
Texas Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend - Todd Mission, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 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
Banger’s Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2016
Christ the King Cathedral Oktoberfest – Lubbock, TX, Sept 11-12, 2015
NXNW Oktoberfest – Austin, TX – October 17-18, 2015
St Pius X Oktoberfest – October 10-11, 2015
Oaktoberfest – Denton, TX – Oct 4, 2015
Location: Oak St. Drafthouse
Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest – Walburg, TX – Starts September 25, 2015
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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