It’s hard to resist the fun that comes each year with Oktoberfest — German food, games, music, dancing, lederhosen and some of the best 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 Around Austin:

Sam Adam’s Rocktoberfest Benefitting Austin Pets Alive @ Domain NORTHSIDE
Saturday, September 23, 3-9 p.m.
Rock Rose Ave. will be shut down in the Domain NORTHSIDE for an Oktoberfest block party with live music, food, beer, and stein hoisting! Enjoy beer from Sam Adams and food tents with traditional bratwurst, soft pretzels, and shepherd’s pie. This kid & dog-friendly event is free to attend, but they are encouraging donations for Austin Pets Alive!

— 4th Annual Oktoberfest Party @ Haymaker
Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m. – close
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.

Oktoberfest @ Real Ale Brewing Company
Saturday, September 23, 12-5 p.m.
Head out to the Texas Hill Country and celebrate Oktoberfest at Real Ale. Enjoy music from the Polkasonics  sausages from Best Wurst (vegetarian options, too!). Limited edition Oktoberfest mugs will be guaranteed to the first 400 advance ticket buyers and each ticketholder will receive four (yes four!) full pours. Kiddos welcome, as well as leashed pups. Tickets for adults are $23, which you can purchase here or at the event.

Oktoberfest @ Hi Sign Brewing
Saturday, September 23, 12-10 p.m.
Check out the first Oktoberfest in Hi Sign Brewing history. Visit the beer garden for the release of their Oktoberfest along with a special tapping of their new Doppelbock. Get brats and listen to Austin Polka Band, too. For $20, VIP tickets get a limited edition Hi Sign Oktoberfest stein, half-liter of Oktoberfest beer and bratwurst! Admission is free.

5th Annual AustOberfest @ Scholtz Garten
Saturday, September 30, 5-11 p.m.
Named “Best Oktoberfests in America” by Food & Wine Magazine, this event celebrates Central Texas German heritage with all-you-can-eat sausage, bier tastings, contest stage, bowling & live music with Grammy Award winning Brave Combo! Tickets are $50, which you can purchase here. Children under 13 are free.

Photo from the AustOberfest Facebook page

Oktoberfest Ceremony @ Whitestone Brewery (Cedar Park)
Saturday, September 30, starting at noon
Whitestone Brewery is celebrating their Oktoberfest Closing with stein holding contests at 2pm and 7pm and live music by Double R Nothin’, an awesome bluegrass group! Always a family friendly venue. No admission fees.

Oktoberfest @ Downtown Fredericksburg
October 6, 7 & 8
Herzlich willkommen in Fredericksburg! This Fest celebrates oompah at its best. Enjoy German music, food and drink, artisans, children’s area and family fun. Click here for daily hours and activity schedule. Single day tickets are $8 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12, and free for ages 6 & under. You can purchase your tickets online here until noon on Friday, September 22; afterwards you can purchase them onsite.

Photo from the Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg Facebook page

Oaktoberfest Party @ Live Oak Brewing
Saturday, October 7, noon – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the advent of fall with a favorite local brewery. You’ll enjoy lots of food, live music fun, and fresh festbier. Fun for the whole family, rain or shine.  Free to attend!

Oktoberfest @ German Free School of Austin
October 14, 11 a.m. – 7 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.

16th Annual Oktoberfest @ North by Northwest (Stonelake)
Saturday, October 28 & 29, 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.

— Bonus: WurstFest @ Landa Park (New Braunfels)
November 3 – 12, 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 on sale soon.

Photo from the WurstFest Facebook page

Know of any other Oktoberfest celebrations in the Austin area?
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* cover image from the AustOberfest Facebook page