Oktoberfest, the German celebration of the fall and beer, is just around the corner, and there’s no need to travel far to find pretzels, sausage, and, of course, beer. Austin is going all out with parties, running from Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, October 6. Arm with steins of beers, bratwurst, and pretzels for brewery parties, beer garden shindigs, and lots of different types of beers.
With that, here are Austin’s best Oktoberfest events, with a few running earlier or later beyond the festival timetable. Eat, drink, and be merry.
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Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 29
- Both locations of beer garden and bakery Easy Tiger are celebrating Oktoberfest with the usual lineup of food, drinks, and beer. Expect live polka, specials like lebkuchen cookie necklaces, and lots of beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing, Live Oak Brewing, and Austin Beerworks, among others. Bonuses: there are pretzel-making workshops with head baker David Norman and German cookie decorating classes. (709 East 6th Street, Downtown; 6406 North I-35, Linc)
Saturday, September 21
- Real Ale Brewing Company’s Hill Country family-friendly Oktoberfest bash will include music by the Austin Polka Band, special mugs, food from various vendors, and beer, of course. Advance tickets with the mug are $25. It runs from noon to 5 p.m. (231 San Saba Court, Blanco)
- Lederhosen are encouraged at Black Sheep Lodge’s eleventh annual Oktoberfest celebration. The bar is kicking off the day at 2 p.m. with brats, pretzels, a stein-holding contest, a hammerschlagen contest, and lots of beer, bratwursts, and pretzels. It runs through 11 p.m. (2108 South Lamar Boulevard, South Austin)
Saturday, September 21 through Saturday, September 28
- Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten is kicking off the Oktoberfest season in New Braunfels with German platters full of bratwursts, pork belly, and grilled quail; dachshund dog races; live polka; Oktoberfest attire swaps; and plenty of steins. (186 South Castell Avenue, New Braunfels)
Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, October 6
- South Austin new-school barbecue truck LeRoy & Lewis will offer a special Oktoberfest dish throughout the German celebration: the brezel kuchen, a pretzel pie made up of Oktoberfest beer cheese, hop sausage, sauerkraut, and house mustard. Cosmic Coffee will also serve up German beers. (121 Pickle Road, Dawson)
Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28
- Banger’s three-day Oktoberfest includes German food and beers plus live music. (79 Rainey Street, Downtown)
Saturday, September 28
- Scholz Garten’s giant AustOberfest is back with the Foodways Texas, featuring so many sausages from Texas joints like Black’s Barbecue, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse, alongside German-style beers from breweries like Bell’s and Community Beer Co. Then there’s a live polka band and various contests involving stein-holding, costumes, and even air accordioning. It runs from 5 to 11 p.m. and General admission tickets are $50 and Saengerrunde member tickets are $25.. (1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown)
Sunday, September 29
- St. Elmo Brewing and food truck Soursop’s third Oktoberfest party features a stein hoist, beer garden games, German-inspired dishes like pork knuckles and fried sardines, plus beer. It runs from noon to 8 p.m. (440 East Saint Elmo Road, South Austin)
Saturday, October 12
- For the beer holiday, Black Star Co-op is releasing its Oktoberfest beer made with Blacklands Malt. The party will include steins, brat- and currywursts, schnitzels, and pretzels. It runs from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (7020 Easy Wind Drive, Crestview)
- Brewpub Draught House is celebrating Oktoberfest with loads of beer and a performance by the Austin Polka Band from 3 to 5 p.m. (4112 Medical Parkway, Rosedale)