Grab your steins! We’re already gearing up for Oktoberfest in Austin because, contrary to what the Bavarian celebration’s moniker suggests, the traditional Oktoberfests of Munich, Germany (the fest’s origin site since starting in 1810) begin mid- to late-September. So, on top of the myriad things to do in downtown Austin and the best craft beer bars to visit, we suggest perusing our detailed guide of the best Oktoberfest events in and around Austin—local festivities run all the way through early November. Check out Austin’s essential Oktoberfest parties featuring activities and food/drink specials (some of Austin's best breweries will be showing off new beers), and don’t forget: lederhosen and dirndls are always encouraged! Prost!
2017 Oktoberfest Austin guide
Enjoy a Hammerschloogen contest, women's and men's stein holding contests (winners score Black Sheep Lodge gift cards and other prizes), plus specials on brats, pretzels and beer. One liter and half liter glass steins are available for purchase while supplies last.
This Oktoberfest celebration includes live music from the Fabulous Polkasonics and sausages (including veggie options) from the Best Wurst, both family- and (leashed) pet-friendly! Limited edition Oktoberfest mugs are guaranteed to the first 400 advanced ticket buyers; a small amount will be available for purchase at the door with tickets bought day of. Beers include Oktoberfest, Firemans #4, Gose and Axis.
Tickets: $18-$23, available here (each ticket includes four 16-ounce pours)
Head to Scholz Garden for their annual AustOberfest, a festive party that features bowling, live music from Brave Combo and the Motts, and a dedicated contest stage (Stein Holding, Best Costume, Air Accordian, David Hasselhoff Lip-Sync and more), plus sausage tastings from over 12 local vendors and beers from Celis Brewery, Karbach Brewing Co., Alstadt Brewery and ZiegenBock.
Tickets: $25-$50, tickets available here
While the Texas Craft Brewers Fest isn't necessarily an Oktoberfest event, it's just in time for the season! The fest features live music, food trucks and nearly 200 beers from over 65 Texas craft breweries. Tickets include eight beer tastings.
Tickets: $10-$85, available here
Take a road trip to Fredericksburg for three days of live music, a huge array of authentic German eats and bier, plus specials events like Oktubafest, the Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance, 42 Tournament and a Kraut Run. Check out the full schedule here.
Tickets: $1-$14, tickets available here
There's plenty going on at this Oktoberfest celebration, including live music from Belle and the Beast and the Gritones (more TBA), custom cigars from Smokey’s Mobile Cigar Lounge, and a selection of Live Oak festbiers. Fuel up with food from the Black Forest, Garbo’s Lobster Truck, Glory Roll, Kick Drum Burgers and Wünder Pig Barbecue Co. It's family-friendly, too!
Easy Tiger hosts a Saturday kickoff party with a live polka band and screenprinting from Fine Southern Gentlemen, seven Oktoberfest drafts (including the annual release of Austin Beerworks’ Märzen-style collab Montecore), plus a limited time Oktoberfest snack board and specials on pretzels and lebkuchen (gingerbread heart necklaces, free for children 12 and under).
Get into the Oktoberfest spirit at North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery's Stonelake location, with live music from Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express, Oma and the Oompahs and the TubaMeisters. You'll be able to fuel up with NXNW Oktoberfest beer and bratwurst, homemade sauerkraut, fresh red cabbage, pretzels and Bavarian cobblers by Chef George Powel, then enjoy family-friendly activities including the onsite Beer Museum, bounce houses, face painting, a brat eating contest (Saturday) and weiner dog/all-breed costume contests (Sunday) for prizes from Lofty Dog. Find the full schedule here.
Tickets: $2 suggested donation (benefits 1400 Miles, Oncology Massage Alliance, Austin Humane Society and Central Texas Dachshund Rescue)
Known as the “10 Day Salute to Sausage,” the lengthy family-friendly event just south of Austin proper features dozens of polka bands, tons of authentic German food and biers, carnival rides and contests. Check out the full schedule here.
Tickets: $10 at gate, $8 online or free before 7pm Friday (Nov 4) and after 3pm Sunday (Nov 12)