This article first appeared in Texas Lifestyle Magazine on September 12, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.