When it comes to seasonal festivals that leave you laughing and joyous, none compare to the German-influenced Oktoberfest. The festival has changed a lot since the first one in Munich in 1810, but the core has remained the same – music, dancing, and of course, beer. Lucky for us, we don’t have to travel all the way to Germany to celebrate in Bavarian style—we can enjoy it right here in the Texas Hill Country.

Over the last 36 years, Fredericksburg, Texas has established a name for itself as hosting one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country. If you’re a fan of German food, beer, and music, don your lederhosen and good spirits, and come on over to Fredericksburg Oktoberfest for a guaranteed fun time!

Dates & Location of Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

Beginning at 6pm on Friday, October 6th, and finishing at 6pm on Sunday October 8th, the charming town of Fredericksburg, Texas transforms to a mini-Munich for a weekend celebration of German heritage. The three-day festival takes place in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg. Just follow the music and tents to MarktPlatz, right on Main Street, or visit this website for specific directions and hours.

Music & Entertainment

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Live music at Fredericksburg Oktoberfest | Photo courtesy of Regina Rodriguez

Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without upbeat folk music and dancing—lots and lots of dancing! At this lively Texas Oktoberfest, you’ll enjoy four stages with musical performances scheduled throughout the weekend: Adelsverein Halle, Main Street Tent, Kinder Halle, and Strassen Zelt. Check out the schedule for musical guests here. If you don’t quite feel like dancing, try some of the tasty beer and your feet will be bouncing in no time!

This family-friendly event has plenty to offer kids, too. There’s a children’s play area, as well as a kinder park for toddlers, where kids can run around and burn off all the sugar from their tasty sweets. Show up early on Saturday for the annual chicken dance in front of the square on Main Street at 9:30am and start your day off with plenty of laughs and smiles.

Delicious Food

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Plate of traditional German food at Fredericksburg Oktoberfest | Photo courtesy of Matthew Peoples

Staying true to tradition, Fredericksburg’s Oktoberfest has ample food and beer to keep everyone happy. Some of the highlights include classic bratwurst with sauerkraut, Jaeger Schnitzel, Opa’s Reuben Wurst, many kinds of sausage, and classic fair food like pretzels, burgers, and more.

Don’t fill up before you see the dessert options, though! Delicious treats like apple strudel, funnel cakes, kettle corn, crepes, homemade ice cream, and fluffy pfeffernusse will have your mouth watering just at the smells.

Beer, Beer, Beer

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Munich Oktoberfest | Photo courtesy of Christopher Brown

Finally, what Oktoberfest is perhaps best known for—beer, and lots of it! With over 50 beers on tap and more in bottles, you can get away with trying a new brew every time without repeating once throughout the whole weekend. You’ll find some of the best brews local to the Texas Hill Country, as well as myriad German imports and all the classic domestic beers. Luckily, with the grandiose size of German beer steins, you’ll never be thirsty.

With the festival coming up so soon, you don’t have time to wait. Reserve your vacation rental nearby, pack your lederhosen and favorite beer stein, and come celebrate German heritage at Fredericksburg Oktoberfest. Prost!

Featured photo courtesy of Tammy Lo

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Author: Kit Kingstad

When not writing about incredible vacation destinations for Vacasa, Kit can be found exploring every corner of his home state of Oregon. Other adventures include backpacking solo through Southeast Asia, scuba diving in the Caribbean, and one of his favorite trips to date: touring the Western states with his puppy, Nyma, in a campervan.