Willkommen to one of the most festive times of the fall season. Oktoberfest dates back to the 19th century, initially celebrating the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Today, people recognize the holiday internationally, commemorating German culture and the commencement of fall.
Oktoberfest festivities are hosted all around the Dallas area, giving Dallasites a combination of good ol’ fashioned fun and some historic, German tradition. Here’s where to participate.
When: September 20 to September 23
Located at Addison Circle Park, Addison Oktoberfest will have it all: live music, rides, Dachshund races, and of course plenty of food and drinks. With over 15 vendors, Addison Oktoberfest has ample authentic German food and beer options for each attendee. The vendors include Draught Haus, Helmut’s Strudel, Pretzel Haus, Siegi’s Sausage Factory, and SpätzleHaus. Single-day admission to this event is $10, and hours are Friday, September 21, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, September 22, from noon to midnight, and Sunday, September 23, from noon to 6 p.m. Put on your favorite lederhosen and head over to Addison for one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town.
Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard
When: September 30
Hosting its second-annual Oktoberfest, Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard prepares to deliver an unforgettable, German experience. Dot’s chef Nick Wells provides a menu filled with German delicacies, pairing excellently with the 15+ Oktoberfest/pumpkin beers the restaurant has on tap. For $30, you can experience Dot’s Oktoberfest, which includes German Polka music performed by University of North Texas alum, a “stein” hoist competition, and all of the German food and drinks you can dream of. Come to Dot’s on Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.
When: September 27 to 29
The Fort Worth Oktoberfest festivities invite visitors to come with curiosity and leave with satisfaction. Located at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, the Fort Worth observance is packed with activities like a 20-mile run, 5k, fun run, beer barrel rolling race, live music, and clothing, food, and drink vendors. When visiting, check out the bier gartens and spaten for authentic German beer and bites. Some food items to look out for include sausage platters, German cheese boards, German potato pancakes, and strudel. Ticket prices vary for each day. While a 3-day pass is $15, Thursday tickets are $5, Friday tickets are $10, and Saturday tickets are $10. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, September 28, and 11 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, September 29. If you are looking for an abundance of fun, this is one spot you will not want to miss.
When: September 29
Featuring its first-annual “king of the hill” cornhole tournament, the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest commemoration will take place at Flag Pole Hill, which is just north of White Rock Lake. Presenting many local, live performers and also German food and drinks of all kinds, this event takes place on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Lake Highlands Oktoberfest effortlessly combines your favorite Dallas eateries with appetizing German influences. As Kuby’s Sausage House, Oma’s German Treats, Urban Crust, and Steel City Pops will all make appearances, you may question whether or not you are in Texas or if you are in Germany. Pre-sale ticket prices are on sale for $10, while regular tickets are being sold for $12.
When: September 28 to 30
The McKinney Oktoberfest draws close to 50,000 attendees each year. This year, prepare yourself for this carnival-themed celebration, offering live music, a parade, petting zoo, fun runs, and German food and drinks. The event includes food vendors for both your big and small food needs. Vendors such as Brat Haus, Folklore Pierogi, Fischer’s Meat Market, and Helga’s Strudel will transport your taste buds all of the way to Munich. As if that was not enough, the “bier garten” stretches 14 blocks throughout McKinney’s downtown square, encompassing you in German tradition in the heart of the Texas town. Admissions for this event is free, yet some activities may require you to purchase coupons. You can partake in the amusement on Friday, September 28, from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 30, from noon until 5 p.m.
When: October 5 to October 7
In its 17th year of celebration, the town of Southlake attracts roughly 100,000 people far and wide each year for it’s Oktoberfest activities. Located in Southlake’s town square and hosted by Southlake’s Chamber of Commerce, the festival contains live entertainment, Dachshund races, arts and crafts booths, and German food and drinks galore. Southlake Oktoberfest does not shy away from the best German eateries in the area. To name a few: Little German Kitchen, Granny D’s Pierogi’s, Spudzilla Potatoes, and Just Encased will all be featured. Are you hungry yet? Admissions and parking are both free, allowing you and your wallet to focus on trying all of the delectable foods. Come by on Friday, October 5, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, October 7, from noon until 5 p.m. to immerse yourself into this cultural celebration.
When: September 29
The town of Waco could not be more excited to present its first annual Oktoberfest. With all of its proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Waco Oktoberfest promises to provide its visitors a day of fun to ultimately benefit the MDA community. At Waco Oktoberfest, you can expect live music, a German food hall, a giant beer tent, and a kid’s fun zone, making this an event for the entire family to enjoy. The evtn takes place on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Come to Indian Spring Park and pay $8 for an Oktoberfest experience like no other.