The first time I attended Addison Oktoberfest, I was completely blown away. How could a place I had known so well, suddenly transform into a festival that looks like it’s straight out of Germany? But that’s exactly what happens. The 10-acre Addison Circle Park becomes Addison Oktoberfest for one weekend every September, where guests can enjoy almost 30 hours of authentic German entertainment with a side of Texas flair! But don’t take my word for it – see it for yourself when Addison Oktoberfest comes back to town Sept. 19-22!
“Addison Oktoberfest has been called the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich,” said Addison Director of Special Events Jasmine Lee. “There are authentic experiences just like you might find in Bavaria and something for everyone in the family.”
Addison Oktoberfest is your go-to place for beer, traditional German entertainment, a feast of food and sweets, shopping, games and activities, and the community coming together to drink, dance and have a good time. It is the oldest, largest and most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in North Texas!
Beer is what brings people together at Addison Oktoberfest. Try the special edition Paulaner Oktoberfest beers, including the Wiesn (deep golden beer that is mellow and harmonious), the Marzen (full-bodied beer with a rich malt flavor) or the Hefe-Weizen (a perfect mix of sweet and bitter). All of these can be purchased in a commemorative .5 liter stein, which are guaranteed to be available if you purchase an Oktoberfest ticket packet.
One of the best parts about the weekend is the food – which makes sense, because Addison is known for their high-quality, one-of-a-kind cuisine after all. At Addison Oktoberfest, walk the festival to fin d brats, sausages, schnitzel, strudel, pretzels, and of course, all the bier your heart desires. Some of the can’t-miss booths at the event include: Crepe Crazy, where you can get savory and sweet crepes like the Turkey + Creamy Avocado or the Dulce de Leche Turtle; Kaffee und Kuchen Haus (Waffle on a Stick, anyone); and the SpätzleHaus, where you can get German Spätzle with cheese or a Jumbo Bavarian Pretzel.
Throughout the weekend, live music and entertainment will be taking place on two different stages: the Paulaner Partyhalle stage and the Sprint Musikzelt stage.
A few things to note for the weekend: Thursday night is free admission for all. Alex Meixner, leader of a world-class polka band, kicks off the show, followed by the famed keg tapping led by Addison Mayor Joe Chow. Thursday is also the first night for the iconic Chamberlain’s Brau Haus, a pop-up dining experience created by Chef Richard Chamberlain of the Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House. Advance reservations are required for this three-course dinner paired with Paulaner beers, which is also available on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday night, join the Bier Belly Contest, where you can shake your stuff for fun and prizes! Later, participate in the kid or adult version of the German Spelling Bee or German Idol Yodeling contest. Tickets are available for $10 for those 10 and up.
On Saturday, the Wipe Out Kids Cancer Oktoberfest 5k is returning, where you can run to raise money for a great cause. Afterward, dance along with the German dance groups, Texanischer Shuhplattler Verein, STV Almrausch Dancers and the Alpine Dancers, who will wear traditional Bavarian costumes. Feeling competitive? Try your hand at the Masskrugstemmen, which is a contest to see how long you can hold a full, one-liter stein. Or, participate in the always-fun Bier Barrel Rolling relays featuring full-size beer kegs. Tickets are available for $10 for those 10 and up.
End the weekend by coming back on Sunday, where admission is free for all. Also known as DACHSunday, guests can watch the dachshund parade and register your dog for the Dachshund races. This is also a good time to bring the kids, as there will be plenty of kids games and mini relays.
Check out the below timeline of entertainment at the Paulaner Partyhalle:
- 6 p.m. Alan Walling
- 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Alex Meixner
- 8 p.m. Addison Oktoberfest Keg Tapping
- 10 p.m. Alpenmuiskanten
- 6 p.m. Walburg Boys
- 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Alex Meixner
- 8 p.m. Crowne Plaza Keg Tapping
- 8:30 p.m. Bier Belly Contest
- 9 p.m. Bohemian Blitz
- 11:30 a.m. Frohsinn Kapelle
- 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. STV Almruasch
- 1:30 p.m. T.S.V. D’Holzar
- 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Alpine Village Band
- 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Alpenmuiskanten
- 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Walburg Boys
- 6 p.m. Auf Geht’s
- 8 p.m. Marriott Quorum Keg Tapping
- 8:30 p.m. (21+ only) Masskrugstemmen
- 11:30 a.m. Alan Walling
- Noon Dachshund Parade
- 1 p.m. T.S.V. D’Holzar
- 2 p.m. Frohsinn Kapelle
- 3:30 p.m. STV Almrausch
- 4 p.m. Auf Geht’s
- 5 p.m. Alpenmuiskanten
On the Sprint Musikzelt stage, see:
- 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ennis Czech Boys
- 7 p.m. Alpine Village Band
- 9 p.m. Auf Geht’s
- 10 p.m. Walburg Boys
- 6 p.m. Bohemian Blitz
- 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Das Ist Lustig
- 7:30 p.m. German Spelling Bee
- 9 p.m. German Idol
- 10 p.m. Alpine Village Band
- 11:30 a.m. Pretzel Toss
- Noon and 4:30 p.m. Das Ist Lustig
- 1 p.m. Ein! Zwei! Drei!…HALT!
- 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Alpine Dancers
- 2:30 p.m. Valina Says
- 4 p.m. Mini Masskrug
- 5:30 p.m. (21+ only) Bier Barrel Rolling
- 7 p.m. T.S.V. D’Holzar
- 8 p.m. (21+ only) Stein Carrying Relay
- 9 p.m. Auf Geht’s
- 10 p.m. Bohemian Blitz
- 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Das Ist Lustig
- Noon Auf Geht’s
- 1 p.m. STV Almruasch
- 2 p.m. Oktoberfest Kids Games
- 3 p.m. Alpine Dancers
- 4 p.m. Dachshund Races
Be sure to check out the special ticket packages, where you can score general admission plus commemorative shirts, steins, bier vouchers, hotel rooms and more. Please note: this year, all event vendors will accept cash, major credit cards and Tasty Bucks at any booth location, so you don’t have to trade your money for Tasty Bucks before purchase anymore.
Oktoberfest is Addison’s way of kicking off the fall season, and it is a beloved tradition. Join the fun – grab your tickets to Addison Oktoberfest today!