Top 8 Texas Oktoberfest Celebrations

Eat, Drink, and Dance at German-Themed Events

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Texas has a rich German heritage, and numerous Oktoberfest events across the Lone Star State celebrate that annually in fine style. 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 whale of a good time. Check the websites before you go for specifics on the Oktoberfest you want to visit since dates and other details can change annually.

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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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    A traditional German Oktoberfest in Texas' most famous German settlement. At the Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, you'll find plenty of authentic German food, music, artisans, and entertainment.

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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.​

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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 (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in 2017)  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 English village of the 16th century 50 miles northwest of Houston in Todd Mission, Texas.

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     This celebration of all things German in Central Texas means beer tastings, all the sausage you can eat, live music, the polka, and bowling. It happens on Sept. 30, 2017, 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.

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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.

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    One of the newest -- and most unique -- Oktoberfests in Texas is Corpus Christi's Surftoberfest. This event features draft beer from all of Corpus Christi's local breweries, as well as live polka music and great food.