It’s hard to resist the fun that comes each year with Oktoberfest — German food, games, music, dancing, lederhosen and some of the best fall beers around! Oktoberfest is one of the biggest annual events in Germany, but with all of the German history right here in Central Texas, we have plenty of our own celebrations to choose from.
Family Friendly Oktoberfest Events in Austin:

Oktoberfest @ Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden
Thursday, October 13 – Saturday, October 15
Bangers is hosting a 3-day festival featuring live music every day, German-inspired food, games, and some of the best fall beers they can find. Menu favorites will include Spaetzle, Schnitzel, Weisswurst, and German Potato Cakes. The full schedule of activities can be found on their Facebook page, which includes polka, a brat eating contest, a keg roll, and plenty of music and dancing on their kid & dog-friendly patio.

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Photo credit: Tyler Malone; from Banger’s FB page


Oktoberfest @ German Free School of Austin
October 15, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The whole family can enjoy this kid-friendly annual, authentic German Oktoberfest that throws in a little Texas style, too. You’ll find plenty of beer, food and music. And kids can enjoy a magic show, face painting, balloons, games and more. Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 & under are free.

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15th Annual Oktoberfest @ North by Northwest (Stonelake)
Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16, starting at 11 a.m.
Not only can you plan on food such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and Bavarian cobblers, NXNW also will brew a special Oktoberfest beer to complement the feast. You’ll enjoy plenty of live music both days, and there will be fun for the kids, including: bounce houses, face painting, balloons, a dog costume contest and more. There is a suggested donation entry fee of $2 to go towards local charities.

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Photo from the NXSW Facebook page


Oaktoberfest Party @ Live Oak Brewing
Saturday, October 22, noon – 11 p.m.
Celebrate the advent of fall with a favorite local brewery. You’ll enjoy live polka & German choral music, lots of food, fun, and fresh Oaktoberfest and Smoaktoberfest on draft. Free to attend!

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3rd Annual Oktoberfest Party @ Haymaker
Saturday, October 22, 2-11:30 p.m.
Prost! Stop by Haymaker for German festivities. They’ll have a Hammerschlagen contest, Women’s and Men’s Stein Holding Contest, brats, pretzels, and plenty of Oktoberfest Beer to choose from. Lederhosen welcomed! Free to attend.

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AustOberfest @ Scholtz Garten
Saturday, October 22, 5-11 p.m.
Celebrate Central Texas German heritage with all you can eat sausage, bier tasting, contest stage, bowling & live music with proceeds to benefit HOPE Campaign. Tickets include unlimited sausages and sides from Central Texas meat purveyors like: Satl & Time, FRANK, Black’s, Miller’s Smokehouse, Southside Market, Meyers, & School House Pub. Tickets are $50, which you can purchase here. Children under 13 are free.

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— Bonus: WurstFest @ Landa Park (New Braunfels)
November 4 – 13, click here for daily schedule
While this isn’t exactly an Oktoberfest celebration, it’s a true German festival worth marking your calendar for. Take the family for good food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games, beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style entertainment. Tickets are $8 through Thursday, November 3 if you purchase them online here or $10 at the gate. Kids 12 & under have free admission.

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Photo from the WurstFest Facebook Page


Want to just have a little DIY Oktoberfest celebration on your own schedule? We recommend Easy Tiger for delicious pretzels, sausages and beer.

Know of any other Oktoberfest celebrations in the Austin area? Let us know in the comments below.
* header image from the AustOberfest Facebook page