Addison Oktoberfest, an Authentic Bavarian Blast

by Lisa Davis on September 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Food, Lifestyle, Living Texas,

Where can you find sauerkraut, strudels, giant pretzels and cute wiener dogs at the same place? Oktoberfest!

Recognized as one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations this side of Munich, Addison, Texas is once again ushering in fall with the sounds of polka and yodeling, smells of bratwurst, some highly competitive dachshund races, and, of course, the tastes of Paulaner Bier.

Always a fan favorite, the annual dash of the dachshunds and dachshund parade will have fans cheering for the speedy four-legged canines. Photo courtesy Stevan Koye Photography

Oktoberfest is part of the Bavarian culture’s annual celebration of Volksfest, where exorbitant amounts of beer and food are consumed combined with equal levels of boisterous merriment.

At Addison Oktoberfest, patrons will celebrate with a lot of bier and just as much food like brats, schnitzel, strudel, pretzels and much more. Photo courtesy Addison Oktoberfest

Addison expects over 50,000 patrons to arrive in the 4.4 square-mile town of 15,000 over the four days of September 19-22 to share in a combined love of the 19th century-old festivity which originated as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810.

Keg rolling is one of the many contests at Oktoberfest this year so grab a partner and take turns rolling a Paulaner bier barrel one-handed against another team. Photo courtesy Stevan Koye Photography

Polka bands and other traditional entertainers from around the country will perform. Making another highly anticipated Oktoberfest appearance is Grammy-nominated polka performer Alex Meixner, better known as the ‘Hormel Pepperoni one-man band.’ 

Alex Meixner is a nationally acclaimed musician, performer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of polka music who will entertain the Addison Oktoberfest audience. Photo courtesy Chris Spiegel

Addison’s Oktoberfest also includes fun contests like the dachshund races, bier barrel rolling, German Idol yodeling contest, and German spelling bee.  Guests searching for a more intimate Bavarian experience can purchase a seat in the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus complete with their full-service dining and exclusive menu. 

These guys don’t have to technically be a Bier Maiden to participate in the stein-carrying contest.
Photo courtesy Addison Oktoberfest

For Festers across the state, other Oktoberfest celebrations can be found throughout Texas including Celina, Austin, Fredericksburg, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston.

 Oktoberfest in Addison is September 19-22 rain or shine. Tickets are available for purchase online.


Cover photo courtesy Addison Oktoberfest

Lisa Davis lives in Austin and is the Editorial Assistant for Texas Lifestyle Magazine and an honors graduate of Concordia University Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Public Relations.