Oktoberfest, the German celebration of 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 with parties, running from Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, October 28. 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. From classic German eateries like Scholz Garten to newer venues like Hi Sign Brewery, the city has no shortage of celebrations. Eat, drink, and be merry.
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Saturday, September 16 through Tuesday, October 3
- Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten is kicking off the Oktoberfest season in New Braunfels with a traditional tapping of the keg, German bands and German dishes. Festivities will continue throughout the month, including a Dachshund dog race on September 23. (186 South Castell Avenue, New Braunfels)
Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, September 30
Whitestone Brewery is kicking off its Oktoberfest festivities with an opening ceremony full of festival-themed games and food. Throughout the month, the brewery will host a variety of events from pretzel making classes to pub trivia. Check out the online calendar to keep up with the almost-nightly events. (601 East Whitestone Boulevard, #500, Cedar Park)
Wednesday, September 27 through Tuesday, October 10
- Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Oktoberfest burger special is the pork schnitzel. It comes with a spiced pork schnitzel patty, Swiss cheese, sweet and sour cabbage, and whole grain mustard, between beer bread buns. (1400 South Congress Avenue, South Austin; 2438A West Anderson Lane, North Shoal Creek; 4615 North Lamar Boulevard, Triangle; 2800 North I-35, Round Rock)
Sunday, September 30
- AustOberfest is returning to Austin for the fifth time to celebrate all things Oktoberfest at Scholz Garten. A ticket to the beer extravaganza includes beer tastings, signature glassware, an alpine hat pin, and unlimited sausages and sides from local barbecue slingers LeRoy & Lewis, Micklethwait Craft Meats, Stiles Switch, and more. There will also be live music, an air accordion contest, a lip-sync contest, and stein holding. (1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown)