Texas has a rich German heritage that we love to celebrate every Oktober. Mostly because we love beer and brats, but also because we're proud of our ancestors, all across the state Oktoberfest events are celebrated. Whether you choose to dress to the nines in your lederhosen or dirndl or you simply want to have a good time, this year indulge in a true vacation from the Texas norm and come celebrate Oktoberfest wherever you are in the state.
Here are the 7 best spots in the state to post up for Oktoberfest, and the best part? You can visit multiple celebrations because not all of the schedules overlap!
New Braunfels, Texas
November 3 - 12, 2017
For nearly 40 years, Wurstfest has been a "10-Day Salute to Sausage." Originally a small festival drawing only a few thousand meat lovers, today well over 100,000 attend annually to enjoy music, dancing, rides, beer, and, of course, sausage.
2. Fredericksburg Oktoberfest
October 6 - 8, 2017
One of the most well-known German settlements in Central Texas, it's only natural that Fredericksburg would put on a world-class Oktoberfest.
Here you'll find not only German food, music, art, and entertainment, but there might be a few authentic Germans, as well.
3. Beethoven Halle Oktoberfest
San Antonio, Texas
October 6 - 7; 13 - 14, 2017
Although San Antonio is better known for their Latino heritage, they don't miss out on German October festivities either. Held at San Antonio's Beethoven Halle und Garten, you're sure to get your fill of food, beer, and dancing.
4. Texas Renaissance Festival
Todd Mission, Texas
September 30 - November 26, 2017
Although this is not technically an Oktoberfest, the Texas Renaissance Festival's opening weekend is September 30, which coincides with the German beer celebration season.
So naturally, every year they theme the fairgrounds for the occasion. Dance the polka, enjoy a beer or two in the beer garden, and test your mettle in the wurst-eating contest.
5. Southlake Oktoberfest
October 6 - 8, 2017
This family-friendly affair is held in Southlake Town Square and has everything you'd expect from a proper Oktoberfest.
Because the only thing more appropriate for this German festival than a beer is sausage, the organizers out in Southlake take things to the next level and host Dachshund races to really get spectators' spirits up.
6. Austin Oktoberfest
October 14, 2017
Right in the heart of downtown Austin, the German-Texan Heritage Society hosts a family-oriented Oktoberfest in an old-fashioned Biergarten. While you're outside in the Central Texas sunshine, enjoy German food, live music, and children's entertainment.
Corpus Christi, Texas
October 7, 2017
The newest and most unique additions to the Texas Oktoberfest lineup is Corpus Christi's Surftoberfest. Held on the coast, this festival features craft beer from Corpus Christi's local breweries, as well as live polka music and great food.