All the Oktoberfests: 22 Celebrations of Drinking German Beer Around North Texas

Get your best dresses out for the 33rd year of Addison's Oktoberfest
Get your best dresses out for the 33rd year of Addison's Oktoberfest Addison Oktoberfest
In our desire to create festive drinking events, we’ve lost much of the original meaning of cultural holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. But it’s pretty easy to get Oktoberfest right since it truly is a holiday about drinking beer. At Oktoberfest in Munich, a ceremonial keg-tapping gets the party started and parades of restaurant and bar owners and staff lead to tents housing music, dancing, food, and of course, beer.

That’s fairly easy to replicate, and it’s been done all over the Dallas area for quite some time. Local cities, breweries, restaurants and other organizations host a number of fairly authentic carnivals, while the rest are not too far off the mark and are just plain fun.

The festival named Oktoberfest is named for the date it ends and not the day it begins, and in fact lasts almost three weeks in Munich, where it was first held in 1810. In Dallas, you can find an Oktoberfest celebration just about anytime between mid-September and mid-October.

While the festival in Munich is canceled this year, Dallas is diving into fall festival season without hesitation. Social distancing has been incorporated into many of the outdoor events.

We’ve rounded up some outstanding Oktoberfest opportunities for this week as well as a chronological list of 15 more to come. With this many events, you can kick things off on a high note and keep festing well into October.

Addison Oktoberfest
Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle
Sept. 15-18

Now in its 33rd year, Addison Oktoberfest is one of the premiere fall festivals in the country and has been recognized for its authenticity. This year’s fest will be four days of polka, German food and, of course, the same Paulaner Bier that is normally served at Bavaria’s favorite festival.

There’s seating for 1,500 in Partyhalle, a 30,000-square-foot open-air tent with socially distanced seating, and food vendors have been moved outdoors. Two more biergardens will be open and the Kinderzelt area for kids is new this year.

Partake in all of your favorite German food, beer and Oktoberfest activities and enjoy tunes from Brave Combo and other polka bands. The event is free to attend on Thursday and Sunday. Ticket sales for Friday and Saturday as well as a full schedule and all the information you need can be found on the Addison Oktoberfest website.

Oak Highlands Brewery
10484 Brockwood Road (Northeast Dallas)
Oct. 17-18

Oak Highlands Brewery will join Cedar Creek Brewhouse and Eatery for a special four-course traditional German-style dinner paired with four of the brewery’s German-themed beers. Tickets are $50 on Prekindle.

The main Oktoberfest celebration takes place on Saturday with live music, a Miss Oktoberfest contest, keg rolling and a chug run. Get all the details on the Oak Highlands Brewery website.

The Truck Yard's Trucktoberfest
5624 Sears St. (Lowest Greenville) and 5959 Grove Lane (The Colony)
Sept. 18-19

Known for its offbeat events programming, Truck Yard has planned its first-ever Oktoberfest with two-day celebrations at both of its huge outdoor spaces in Dallas and The Colony. Contests will include stein holding, pretzel eating, yodeling and wiener dog races, but the highlight is sure to be the keg-tapping.

On Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. in The Colony, local renowned German brewmaster Dennis Wehrmann will tap a 200-year-old keg from his great grandfather’s brewery in Germany. “It was made with authentic German hops and lager yeast, which are not available in the U.S., and brewed true to tradition. Enjoying beer that’s un-Americanized, like Oktoberfest, alongside the great local beers being served at the event will definitely be one of the great moments of my career,” Wehrmann said.

Wehrmann will also tap a keg in at the Truck Yard in Dallas at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

If you’re looking for a truly authentic way to celebrate, Trucktoberfest is where you’ll find an actual German beer meister, a locally brewed true Oktoberfest beer and a keg that’s been to Munich even if you haven’t. Both celebrations are free and will include a line-up of adult, kid and dog-friendly activities, and dressing in dirndls and lederhosen is encouraged.

Use these Link Tree links to sign up for contests at Truck Yard Dallas.

Schnitzel & Oktoberfestbier Fest at Bavarian Grill
221 W Parker Road (Plano)
Sept. 18-Oct. 3

For the run of the Munich Oktoberfest every year, Bavarian Grill offers 25 different schnitzels, 16 authentic German sides as well as Oktoberfest beers.

At 3:30 p.m Saturday, Sept. 18, there will be a keg-tapping in the biergarten with music from the restaurant’s Biergarten Band, a raffle and free beer from the ceremonial keg. No tickets are needed and reservations aren’t accepted for this event, so you’ll want to get there (very) early.

During this event, 10 different festbiers will be offered. If you drink all of them (not all at once, please) you’ll get a free Braumeister Schnitzel dinner. This meal can’t be ordered from the menu at any time; it can only be earned during Oktoberfest.

Visit Bavarian Grill’s website for all of the menu items and details.

Hausfest at Vector Brewing
9850 Walnut Hill Lane, No. 405 (Lake Highlands)
Oct. 18

After a sehr gut (very good) inaugural year last year, Hausfest returns to Vector Brewing for a repeat performance. Try the brewery’s Vektorbräu German-style Oktoberfest märzen or Kleinegeist German-style hefeweizen in a free commemorative stein (supplies are limited).

Enter a yodeling or stein holding contest and fill up on pizza or a corn dog made with Kuby’s bratwurst before the beer belly contest. Shop more than 20 small business artisan vendors, and enjoy live music by The Oom-pah Daddies party polka and Balkan rock band.

The event is free to attend; get all the details on Vector Brewing’s website.

Oktoberfest Beer & Fare at Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Ave. (Design District)
Sept. 18-Oct. 3

Every day is Oktoberfest for a few weeks at Meddlesome Moth starting this Saturday. Dozens of special Oktoberfest tappings curated by beer director Matt Quenette will include libations from Real Ale, Saint Arnold, Firestone Walker, Great Raft and Ayinger.

Chef Joshua Boneé will have beef bangers and mash, smoked onion jus, potato aligot and caramelized cipollini onions as well as a Cacio de Pepe Spaetzle with house guanciale, pink peppercorn and Parmesan.
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How do you say "Hold my beer and watch this" in German?
Happiest Hour

The Festivities Continue Sept. 20-26

Oktoberfest Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St. (Fort Worth)
Sept. 23 - 25

What: Authentic German food, live music and dancing, shopping, biergartens and a midway. A full slate of Oktoberfest contests and games will keep you smiling and Próst-ing.

Tickets: $5 on Thursday, $10 Friday or Saturday and $15 for a three-day pass. Kids 12 and under are free and parking is $10 per car. Buy tickets in advance on Prekindle to receive a free 2021 commemorative stein.

Downtown Oktoberfest at Pegasus City Brewery
1508 Commerce St. (AT&T Discovery District)
Sept. 24-26

What: A three-day jamboree, featuring the brewery’s Big "D" Jamboree OktoberFEST Beer. This family-friendly (including pups) celebration will include live music, local food, artisan vendors, games, contests, steins, swag and more.

Tickets: Free, no tickets needed. Get all the details on the Facebook event page.

McKinney Oktoberfest
Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N Tennessee St. (McKinney)
Sept. 24-26

What: A full weekend of German-themed fun at this festival now in its 13th year. Enjoy beers from TUPPS Brewery and Franconia Brewing Co.as well as Hofbrau München of Munich. There’ll be food and shopping, costumes and contests and the spirit of community that Oktoberfest is all about.

Tickets: Admission and parking are free. Shuttle services will operate from First McKinney Baptist Church, 1615 E. Louisiana St. Purchase advance tickets for concessions or register for contests via Eventbrite.

Guitars and Growlers Richardson Oktoberfest
581 W. Campbell Road, Suite 101 (Richardson)
Sept. 24

What: Live band Mr. CJ’s will play, and Ayinger Oktoberfest and Weinstephaner Fest Bier will be available along with local Oktoberfest beers.

Tickets: Free to attend. Get the details on the Facebook event page.

Brewtoberfest at Over Under in The Village 
5625 Village Glen Drive (Upper Greenville)
Sept. 24

What: Drink a brew battle flight of Oktoberfest-style brews or enter a stein-hoisting contest with a top prize of a trip to Munich.

Tickets: Free to attend; no tickets needed.

3 Nations Brewing Annual Oktoberfest Party
1033 Vandergriff Drive (Carrollton)
Sept. 25

What: German-themed food specials, live music and a stein-hoisting contest for men and women ( 4 p.m.) hosted by two-time National Stein Hoist Champion, Cody Bane.

Tickets: Free, no tickets needed. Get the details on the Facebook event page.

Jaxon Texas Beer Garden 
311 S Akard St. (AT&T Discovery District)
Sept. 25

What: Get your fill of German goodies with an Oktoberfest beer wall, a Bratwurst station and a pretzel station. Activities are happening all day with face painting, a balloon artist and polka from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a live DJ in the Globe from 3 to 6 p.m., stein carrying competition at 3 p.m., yodeling competition at 5 p.m. and costume award announcements at 6 p.m.

Tickets: General admission is free; no tickets are needed for this event.

4th Annual Oktoberfeast at Legacy Hall
7800 Windrose Ave. (Plano)
Sept. 25

What: Beer, brats and bands, with a music lineup of Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Brave Combo and Czech and Then Some plus Stein Olympics and other fun activities.

Tickets: $15 General Admission with VIP available on Eventbrite

Garland Guzzler 0.5K Race & Oktoberfest
Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St. (Garland)
Sept. 25

What: It’s not a 5K, you’ll only run a half a k, and then enjoy games and activities for the whole family, including live music by The Dogensteins.

Tickets: $40 includes race registration, T-shirt, race medals and more via Run Signup.

Laketoberfest at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
4821 Bass Pro Drive on Lake Ray Hubbard (Garland)
Sept. 26

What: Festivities include tastings from traditional, local and national Oktoberfest brews, and steins will be available for purchase.

Tickets: Tasting cards can be purchased at the restaurant on Sunday for $25 and include (12) 4-ounce pours.

Compete in a stein hoisting competition at 2 p.m. and a costume contest at 3 p.m. Beerknurds who have earned the 8th plate stein can bring them to be filled with an Oktoberfest beer of their choosing for $1. Authentic German fare specials and commemorative Oktoberfest glassware is available for purchase.
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Flying Saucer

More Fests in October

Oktoberfest Dallas
Flag Pole Hill Park, 8015 Doran Circle (White Rock Lake)
Oct. 2

What: Local bands, pints and brats (and more food and drink), a cornhole tournament and activities for the kids. This long-running annual event is produced each year by volunteers from the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands.

Tickets: $13 for adults and $10 for kids entry wristbands when purchased in advance on the event website. Food and drink tickets are $1 each with discounts for purchases of 50 or 100.

Happiest Hour
2616 Olive St. (Harwood District)
Oct. 2

What: Beer towers and a large variety of domestic and local beers on tap, plus a stein-hoisting contest.

Tickets: No tickets needed. Head to the beer garden for all the fun.

Frisco Oktoberfest
Frisco Square, 8843 Coleman Blvd. (Frisco)
Oct. 2-3

What: Opening ceremony and keg tapping, two stages of German music and dancing and contests including keg rolling, stein hoisting and Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest.

Tickets: Free to attend, but you can purchase food and drink coupons, T-shirts and VIP biergarten passes on Eventbrite

Oaktoberfest in Oak Cliff
Tyler Station, 1300 South Polk St.
Oct. 3

What: Enter a 1.128 Mile Fun Run around Tyler Station with beer samples for participants, and then spend the afternoon enjoying food, polka music and beer in an Oktoberfest-style tent.

Tickets: $25 for race entry or a ticket, stein and 2 beer tokens on Eventbrite. The event is free, but you will need an official stein (and tokens) to purchase beer at the fest. Get one in advance since they’re likely to sell out.

Oktoberfest Southlake
Southlake Town Square, 285 Grand Ave. (Southlake)
Oct. 15-17

What: This event celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2021. It offers wiener dog races and costume contests for pups and people and a live music lineup that includes The Molly Ringwalds on Saturday night.

Tickets: Both admission and parking are free. For remote parking, there will be a shuttle service from White’s Chapel United Methodist Church at the corner of Southlake Blvd. and 185 S. White Chapel Blvd.
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