Oktoberfest is upon on us, and there are plenty of way to celebrate in Austin. Whether you're looking for something that's family-friendly or 21-and-over, one of these Oktoberfest events in Austin is bound to be the beer bash for you.
Head out to Bluebonnet Brewery on October 7 for six hours of Oktoberfest fun. There will be polka music, American and German beers, bratwurst, soft pretzels, an inflatable play area for kids, and contests. The event is open to all ages, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for entry are $5 for adults, and minors are free. If you're over 21, your age will be verified at the door, and you'll receive a wristband required for the purchase of beer. Food and drink will be for sale on the grounds, and outside food and beverages are not permitted.
Get ready for a three-day celebration of Oktoberfest at Banger’s! The festivities start October 18 at 5 p.m. with the ceremonial gun salute and tapping of the first firkin of Live Oak Oktoberfest, which is free while it lasts. At 7 p.m. is Hammerschlagen, a traditional game of driving nails into wood stumps, and the winner will get a shirt, beer, and a trophy.
The second day starts at noon with another tapping of a Live Oak Oktoberfest tapping. Then later at 7 p.m. is a brat eating contest: finish two fully-dressed brats to win a shirt, beer, and a trophy.
The third and final day will start at noon with the last ceremonial tapping of the firkin. At 2 p.m., there will be a stein hoist with fifteen contestants per round. Winners get a shirt, beer, and a trophy. The fun ends at 6 p.m. with the ceremonial closing gun salute.
Everyday of this event will include specialty menu items like Spaetzle, German Potato Cakes, Schnitzel Sausage, and Weisswurst, and there will be live German music playing at all times.
Join the Northwest Austin’s Republican Women when they host their first Oktoberfest Fall Social on October 18. This will be an authentic, German celebration with sausage, pork, sauerkraut, German potato salad, cucumber salad, and bread.
Early check-in for the dinner will be a 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. and wrap up at 9:30 p.m. Entertainment will be included during dinner in the form of a traditional accordionist, and political candidates will be speaking as well. Tickets to this Oktoberfest event in Austin are $25 each.
For a fancier fest, check out Serene Hills Oktoberfest on October 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. They’ll be hosting beer and whiskey tastings, cigar rolling, reading poetry, barbecuing, and more all in beautiful model homes. The event will have tastings and tours that take visitors through four homebuilder models, each with a unique pop-up demonstration, tasting, and event in each home.
Village Builders, where the festivities will begin, will host on-demand poetry from Typewriter Rodeo and a guided whiskey rye tasting. They'll also have hand-crafted cigar rolling and a guided bourbon tasting.
Ask Creek Homes will feature a craft beer tasting, Easy Tiger pretzels, and dipping sauces, and barbeque bites from Schmidt Family Barbeque.
Finish up at Sitterle Homes to build a caramel apple and take a guided Scotch tasting. This is Oktoberfest event in Austin is free, but make sure to register today!
Enjoy Barktoberfest on October 20, the 16th annual 5k and festival supporting the Central Texas SPCA. This year, the festival includes two events at separate locations with the 5K and awards at Brushy Creek Lake Park and the festival at Dog House Drinkery & Dog Park. The festival will include a dog walk as well as dog and kids costume contests.
Barktoberfest is free, but a suggested donation is $10 per person. There is also a $5 charge to use the off-leash pet park at Dog House Drinkery that is not a donation to the SPCA. The 5K is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and the festival is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate your love of beer by going out and grabbing some beer and bratwurst at one of these Oktoberfest events in Austin!
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