2018 OKTOBERFEST EVENTS
Dust off your lederhosen because when fall arrives, you can oompah throughout DFW—enjoying all things German: music, bier, food and lots of fun for the whole family at several Oktoberfest events around North Texas.
SOUTHLAKE OKTOBERFEST (October 5-7)
Join more than 100,000 folks for chicken dancing when Southlake goes to Germany for its 17th annual Oktoberfest celebration. Stroll through Southlake’s Town Square and enjoy the Dachshund races, kids activities, arts and crafts and live music. Take advantage of the free admission, free shuttle and free parking!
PLANO STEINFEST (October 19-20)
Head to Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano for an authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Dance the night away to polka music, fill up on beer and food, visit the artist village, delight in the weiner dog fashion show and yes, partake in keg bowling! There’s even a kid’s zone for the little ones! General admission is free, but swing for the VIP package that gets you twenty food and drink coupons, a commemorative stein, t-shirt and access to the VIP beer garden.
RICHARDSON PAWTOBERFEST (October 27)
Get the pups involved in the fun with Pawtoberfest. Even if you don’t have furry friends, the kids will definitely enjoy seeing all the dogs dressed up in their finest lederhosen. This one-day event is centered around having fun with our furry family members, but there will be plenty of bier, food trucks live music, fun booths and more.
Oktoberfests aren’t the only DFW festivals happening this fall! For more fun, check out our list of Top 2018 Fall Fests.
WHERE TO OOMPAH NEXT YEAR
These Oktoberfests have already passed, but don’t worry—you can enjoy them again next year!
ADDISON OKTOBERFEST (September 20-23)
Considered one of the best in the USA, Addison Oktoberfest begins the same day as the original, so kick things off right with great German music, the tastiest of sausages, sauerkraut and of course the best German brews. Head to the Schloss Main Tent for prosting done proper and dancing done right.
OKTOBERFEST FORT WORTH (September 27-29)
Celebrate Oktoberfest Cowtown-style with the Tapping of the Keg for a three-day event fit for your whole crew. Panther Island is the place to be for biergartens, food, music, dancing, midway rides, German games and even wiener dog races! A 3-day pass is just $15. Work off the food and beer by signing up for the run and ride.
FRY STREET OKTOBERFEST & 5K (September 29)
Lace up your sneakers and your lederhosen! Denton’s Oktoberfest kicks off with an annual 5K run and costume contest, benefitting local non-profits like Stop the Stigma. Afterward, you can enjoy live music, wiener dog races and (of course) bier along West Hickory Street. Tickets are $10 ($15 day-of). Stick around after festivities end at 5 p.m. and join Denton in cheering on University of North Texas football!
OKTOBERFEST MCKINNEY (September 28-30)
Though Oktoberfest usually means lots of biers, McKinney has a more family-friendly atmosphere in historic downtown during their annual event. You’ll find biergartens and music, but also a Marketplatz, weenie dog races, a stein holding competition, chances to meet local master brewers, a brat eating competition, Goodwill games and Kinder Korner with a carnival and petting zoo! Some activities and competitions require pre-registration and payment.
LAKE HIGHLANDS OKTOBERFEST (September 29)
Lake Highlands Oktoberfest has returned to the beloved Flag Pole Hill just north of White Rock Lake. This celebration combines the best of Bavaria for a one-day event with eats like brats to pizza and drinks like Hefeweizen to Kolsch. Rock out to tunes from headliner Bob Schneider and local favorites like Petty Theft. Just remember to bring chairs and blankets but not pets.