Texas has a rich German heritage, and numerous Oktoberfest events across the Lone Star State celebrate that culture. If you're in Texas in the fall and you enjoy German food, drink, and music, check out one of these fun-filled fests for an offbeat vacation experience. If you're of German heritage, bring along your lederhosen and Bavarian suspenders and join your Texas brethren for a good time. Prost!
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A “10-Day Salute to Sausage,” Wurstfest has been drawing visitors to the German-influenced Hill Country town of New Braunfels for more than four decades. In the early days, when it was still known as Sausage Festival, the event drew a few thousand. Today, well over 100,000 people attend the event annually. There's music, dancing, rides, and, yes, beer. You 'll have your choice of American, German, or Texan brews. The event typically occurs from late October through mid-November, though dates change yearly.
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Fredericksburg Oktoberfest is a traditional German Oktoberfest in Texas' most famous German settlement. You'll find plenty of authentic German food, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, and schnitzel burgers. There will also be a tuba music group, a Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance, a 42 (dominoes) tournament, and a yodeling trio.
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Held at San Antonio's Beethoven Halle und Garten, Oktoberfest is a traditional German celebration with a full complement of food, music, drink, dance, and entertainment. Founded in 1867, Beethoven Halle is one of the oldest German singing societies in Texas. Its main goal is to preserve German song, music, and language—so expect a lot of singing at this particular Oktoberfest.
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An annual weeks-long trip back to the 16th century, the Texas Renaissance Festival features more than 200 daily performances, 400 arts and crafts shops, 60 food and beverage shops, nightly fireworks, and thousands of costumed characters strolling the grounds. Although it is not technically an "Oktoberfest," the opening weekend (September 29-30, 2018) of the Renaissance festival is themed as Oktoberfest. Dance the polka, have a beer in the beer garden, and test your mettle in the wurst-eating contest. It's held in a recreated 16th-century English village 50 miles northwest of Houston in Todd Mission, Texas.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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This celebration of all things German in Austin means beer tastings, all the sausage you can eat, live music, the polka, and bowling. Admission includes Texas German Bier tastings and unlimited German-style sausage from some of Central Texas' best meat purveyors, including Miller's LeRoy and Lewis, Southside Market, and more. It happens on September 29, 2018, at Scholz Garten & Saengerrunde Halle in the Capitol area.
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Held at the Southlake Town Square, Oktoberfest is a family-oriented event with plenty of activities for adults and kids alike, including the crowd-pleasing Weiner Dog Race as well as the lederhosen and dirndl costume contests. The free event attracts more than 100,000 people throughout the weekend (October 5-7, 2018).
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Although it's held in September (to coincide with the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest), the Addison Oktoberfest is one of the biggest and best Oktoberfests in the nation. Addison's celebration is an authentic recreation of the Munich Oktoberfest, where you can drink Paulaner beer; eat strudel, sausages, and other German treats; and listen to German music. Addison is about a 20-minute drive north of Dallas. In 2018, it will be held from September 20-23.
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One of the newest—and most unique—Oktoberfests in Texas is Corpus Christi's Surftoberfest. Blending German and Gulf Coast influences, the event features 50 draft beers from all of Corpus Christi's local breweries, as well as live polka music, a beer stein-holding contest, and a best-dressed Weiner dog competition.