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Oktoberfest in Austin: Where to Celebrate With Beer and Brats

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A yellow-white-black beer can that reads “Live Oak Oaktoberfest” in front of big pretzels and clear mugs with beer.
Oktoberfest beers and pretzels from Live Oak.
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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 for beer-filled celebrations, running from Sunday, September 17 through Monday, October 3. 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.

Events

listed chronologically

  • St. Elmo Brewing Company: For Oktoberfest, the St. Elmo-area brewery is encouraging costumes (aka lederhosen) for its party, plus there will be a live polka band, stein-hoisting competition, and German beers. It takes place on Saturday, September 17, from noon to 8 p.m. (440 East Saint Elmo Road, East Congress)
  • Beerburg: The brewery’s Oktoberfestivities include its marzen beer, live music, stein-hoisting competition, and a local market. It takes place on Saturday, September 17. (13476 Fitzhugh Road, Hill Country)
  • Black Sheep Lodge: The sports bar is hosting its Oktoberfest party with beers, bratwurst, pretzels, a stein-holding contest, and the hammerschhhlaggen game (basically, who can hammer nails into a piece of wood the most). It takes place on Saturday, September 17 at 2 p.m. ((2108 South Lamar Boulevard, South Austin)
  • Easy Tiger: The beer garden and bakery is offering several Oktoberfest specials and events this year throughout its three locations. Expect stein-hoisting competitions, Oktoberfest trivia, polka bands, live DJs, and drinks/food specials including pretzels, lebkuchen, and Austin Oktoberfest brews. It runs from Wednesday, September 21 through Sunday, September 26 with scheduled events at each location. (multiple locations)
  • Best Little Wine & Books: The book store-slash-wine shop is getting into the Oktoberfest spirit with two weeks of German wines, Oktoberfest beers, soft pretzels, beer cheese, polka music, and costumes. It takes place from Friday, September 23 through Friday, October 7. (210 West San Antonio Street, Lockhart)
  • Koko’s Bavarian: The actually-Bavarian prince-backed Austin German restaurant and beer garden is going all out for its first Oktoberfest with several long-weekend events. There’s its first Oktoberfest beer, the Koko’s Festbier, other food and beer specials, decorations, live bands, and the prince himself, Konstantin Prinz von Bayern, will show up on Saturday, September 24 to tap the ceremonial keg. Events take place from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25; Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2; Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23; and then from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30. (East Fifth Street, East Austin)
  • Live Oak Brewing Company: The longtime brewery’s Oktoberfest celebration includes beers (including its Oaktoberfest beer; see below), stein-hoisting competitions, food trucks (German truck Black Forest to Texas Drip BBQ), live music, and a polka band. It takes place on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 10 p.m. (1615 Crozier Lane, Southeast Austin)
  • Vista Brewing: The Hill Country brewery’s Oktoberfest family-friendly fete includes German beers (see below), food, games (yes, stein-hoisting contests), and wearing lederhosen is encouraged. Free RSVPs are encouraged, and it’s $20 to enter the stein-hoisting competition. It takes place on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 9 p.m. (13551 Farm to Market Road 150 West, Driftwood)
  • Meanwhile Brewing Co.: The South Austin brewery’s Oktoberfest celebrations takes place over the course of two days. There’s its Oktoberfest beer (see below), Bavarian food from its on-site trucks (i.e. a hog-dog from barbecue truck Distant Relatives and pretzel with spicy mustard and beer cheese from Side Eye Pizza), live music, a stein-hoisting contest, and merchandise, It runs from Saturday to Sunday, September 24 to 25, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. (3901 Promontory Point Drive, McKinney)
  • Oddwood Ales: The brewpub’s Oktoberfestness involves German beers (see below), food, music, and activities/games. It takes place on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 5 p.m. (3108 Manor Road, MLK)
  • Whitestone Brewery: The brewery’s Oktoberfest event includes beers (see below), polka music, German food, barbecue, and a stein-hoisting competition. It takes place on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 9 p.m.(601 East Whitestone Boulevard, Suite 500, Cedar Park)
  • Haymaker: The sports bar’s party is similar to sibling bar Black Sheep: beers, bratwurst, pretzels, a stein-holding contest, and the hammerschhhlaggen game. It takes place on Saturday, September 24 from 2 to 8 p.m. (2310 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
  • Hi Sign Brewing: The relocated brewery’s Oktoberfest includes its house beer, sausages from Burro Cheese truck, pretzels from Sour Duck Market, live polka music, and special glasses. It takes place from Saturday to Sunday, September 24 to 25. (730 Shady Lane, East Austin)
  • 12 Fox Beer: The brewery’s hosting a series of polka bands for its Foxtoberfest. It takes place Saturday to Sunday, September 24 to 25, and then from Saturday to Sunday, October 1 to 2. (4700 West Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs)
  • Jester King Brewery: The Hill Country brewery’s Oktoberfest is a multi-day occasion. Expect beers, Bavarian foods, lots of contests (keg-rolling, stein-holding) and activities (trivia, drag bingo), live music, and even pretzel necklaces (???). It runs from Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2. (13005 Fitzhugh Road, Hill Country)
  • Real Ale Brewing Company: The Blanco brewery is bringing back its Oktoberfest festivities on Saturday, October 1 with beers (see below) and a live performance by the Czech Melody Masters. (231 San Saba Court, Blanco)
  • Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar: The South Austin location of the New American restaurant will host a weekend Oktoberfest family-friendly shindig. There will be German foods (bratwurst on pretzel buns, pretzels and beer cheese, beer-glazed pork shank, apple fritters, etc.); beers from Independence Brewing Co., Friends & Allies, and Whitestone Brewing (see below); Jägermeister cocktails, costume contest, live music, face-painting the launch of a whole stein program which entails discounts, and an Austin Dog Rescue fundraiser. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. (5701 West Slaughter Lane, South Austin)
  • Cork & Barrel: The Irish pub is getting into the Oktoberfest spirit with its second Corktoberfest festivities that are also family- and pet-friendly. There’s a stein-hoisting competition, costume contest, roof beer tastings, lebkuchen cookie lanyard decorating stations, markets, German food with pork schnitzels, spaetzles, and apple strudel, beers, and live music. It takes place from Saturday to Sunday, October 1 to 2 from 2 to 10 p.m. the first day and 2 to 9 p.m. the second, tickets are $38 for single-day entries and $65 for the whole weekend. (4000 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock)
A polka band in German attire playing instruments while standing on top of a picnic table.
A polka band performing at Banger’s during Oktoberfest.
Banger’s
  • Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden: The beer garden/bar/restaurant’s massive multi-day Oktoberfest festivities include foods like schnitzel sausages and German potato cakes, lots of Oktoberfest beers, live music, the tapping of the firkin, stein-hoisting competitions, and log hammering games. It’ll take place from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8, from 4 to 11 p.m. on the first day, noon to 11 p.m. on the second, and 11 a.m. to midnight on the last. (79 Rainey Street, Downtown)
  • The Brewtorium: The brewpub’s family- and dog-friendly Oktoberfest party includes polka bands, stein hosting competitions, a beer Olympics, beers, and German-y foods. It takes place on Saturday, October 8 from noon to 8 p.m. (6015 Dillard Circle, Skyview)
  • Austin Beerworks: Details are forthcoming for the brewery’s Oktoberfiesta, which will take place on Saturday, October 22. Expect beer (see below)(3001 Industrial Terrace, North Austin)

Beer

listed alphabetically by brewery

  • 12 Fox Beer: The brewery’s aptly named Foxtoberfest is a marzan, available in the taproom. (4700 West Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs)
  • Austin Beerworks: The brewery is currently offering its Oktoberfest beer — the Montecore Oktoberfest — made with what the company describes as floral German hops. It’s available by draft and cans, and to-go orders can be placed online. (3001 Industrial Terrace, North Austin)
  • Hi Sign Brewing: The relocated brewery’s Oktoberfest beer is the Oktober Festbier, available by drafts. (730 Shady Lane, East Austin)
  • Koko’s Bavarian: The actually-Bavarian prince-backed Austin German restaurant and beer garden’s first Oktoberfest beer is the Koko’s Festbier, made by head brewer Katie Lowe. It’s a German-Texas beer made with Texas malt and German hops, available by draft. (East Fifth Street, East Austin)
  • Live Oak Brewing Company: The longtime brewery’s annual Oktoberfest beer is the Oaktoberfest, available on draft and cans. To-go orders can be placed online. (1615 Crozier Lane, Southeast Austin)
  • Meanwhile Brewing Co.: The South Austin brewery will brew up its Oktoberfest beer, available in draft and cans. There’s also a special ceramic stein available for purchase. (3901 Promontory Point Drive, McKinney)
  • Oddwood Ales: The brewpub’s Oktoberfest beer is the Austinerbräu, available by draft and cans. To-go orders can be placed online. (3108 Manor Road, MLK)
  • Real Ale Brewing Company The Blanco brewery’s brewing up its Oktoberfest beer, available by draft and bottles. The taproom is also selling themed stein mugs. (231 San Saba Court, Blanco)
  • The Brewtorium: The brewpub’s Oktoberfest brew is the Brewtorberfest, a marzan lager. It’s available in draft and to-go cans and crowler fills (6015 Dillard Circle, Skyview)
  • Vista Brewing: While not specifically an Oktoberfest beer, the Hill Country brewery is putting together an Oktoberfest beef flight, with the smoked rauchbier, märzen, Kölsch, and black pilsner. (13551 Farm to Market Road 150 West, Driftwood)
  • Whitestone Brewery: The brewery’s Oktoberfest beer is Opa’s Lederhosen, available on draft and cans. (601 East Whitestone Boulevard, Suite 500, Cedar Park)
  • Zilker Brewing Co.: The brewery’s Oktoberfest brew is the Wunderbier, available by cans and crowlers. (1701 East Sixth Street, East Austin)

Know of missing Oktoberfest events/specials/beers in the Austin area? Let Eater know through austin@eater.com.

Update, Friday, September 23, 6:08 p.m.: This guide, originally published on September 9, has been updated to include additional events and beer specials.

Whitestone Brewery

601 East Whitestone Boulevard, , TX 78613 (512) 765-4828 Visit Website

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

79 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 386-1656 Visit Website

Jester King Brewery

13187 Fitzhugh Road, , TX 78736 Visit Website

Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar [Slaughter Lane]

5701 West Slaughter Lane, Austin, Texas 78749

Black Sheep Lodge

2108 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 707-2744 Visit Website

Live Oak Brewing Company

1615 Crozier Lane, , TX 78617 (512) 385-2299 Visit Website

Beerburg Brewing

13476 Fitzhugh Road, , TX 78736 (512) 265-0543 Visit Website

Meanwhile Brewing

3901 Promontory Point Drive, , TX 78744 (512) 308-3659 Visit Website

12 Fox Beer Co.

4700 West Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620 Visit Website

Oddwood Ales

3108 Manor Road, , TX 78723 (512) 220-0612 Visit Website

Hi Sign Brewing

1201 Bastrop Highway, , TX 78742 (512) 382-5264 Visit Website

Real Ale Brewing Company

231 San Saba Court, , TX 78606 (830) 833-2534 Visit Website

Haymaker

4706 California Avenue Southwest, , WA 98116 (206) 946-6994 Visit Website

Easy Tiger

1501 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 839-8523 Visit Website

St. Elmo Brewing Company

440 East Saint Elmo Road, , TX 78745 (737) 300-1965 Visit Website

Best Little Wine & Books

210 West San Antonio Street, , TX 78644 (817) 706-9639 Visit Website

Zilker Brewing Co.

1701 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The Brewtorium

6015 Dillard Circle, , TX 78752 (512) 524-0323 Visit Website

Vista Brewing

13551 Farm to Market Road 150 West, , TX 78619 (512) 766-1842 Visit Website

Austin Beerworks

3001 Industrial Terrace, , TX 78758 (512) 821-2494 Visit Website

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