Feel the need to shout Prost! and sing German songs at the top of your lungs while swinging a gigantic beer stein in the air? What’s a parent to do when the need to celebrate Oktoberfest arises? Bring the kids, of course. There are many kinder-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations happening in the greater Austin area. Don your Lederhosen and Dirndls for a good time, but please, drive sober…. make sure to have a designated driver in your group who will safely deliver you and your family home.
Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest
When: Fridays and Saturdays, September 23 through November 6, 2016
Where: Walburg German Restaurant, 3777 FM 972, Walburg
Enjoy live music in the biergarten and traditional German food and beer. There’s a large dance floor, an arcade for the kids to enjoy. Reservations recommended for dining inside, outside biergarten tables are available on a first come, first served basis.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016
Where: Marktplatz in downtown, 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg
Admission:1-day adult, $8; 1-day child (7-12), $1. Children 6 and under are free. Going for the weekend, multi-day pricing is also available.
Oompah at its best. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s area and family fun. Oktoberfest is a colorful, festive celebration of Fredericksburg, Texas’ German heritage. Oktoberfest is a community event of family entertainment featuring three stages of continuous oompah music, art & crafts, Children’s fun area ~ Kinder Park, a German Bier Tent, and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, and more.
Bluebonnet Beer Company
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Bluebonnet Beer, 1700 Bryant Drive, Round Rock (behind the US Post Office on Double Creek Drive)
Admission: General admission, $7 at door, $5 in advance with food, drink and entertainment tickets available for purchase.
The 2nd Annual Bluebonnet Beer Company Oktoberfest will have polka music, American and German style beers, bratwurst, soft pretzels, Kinder Park inflatables area for kids, contests and much more. All ages welcome.
Where: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 & 81 Rainey Street, Austin
This 3-day festival will feature live music every day, German-inspired food, games, and some of the best fall beers we can find.
North by Northwest Oktoberfest
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 2016
Where: North by Northwest, 10010 Capital Texas Highway, Austin
Admission: $2 donation
NXNW’s two day Oktoberfest celebration is more than just a party. It is also a chance for revellers to learn about and raise funds for non profit organizations. Saturday, the folks from Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas will be alongside Oncology Massage Alliance, and on Sunday, Therapy Pet Pals of Texas and Central Texas Dachshund Rescue will partake in the dog costume contests. All four will benefit from the suggested $2 entry donation.
Activities include: bounce houses, face painting, Nate the Great Balloon Artist and a bratwurst eating contest will take place Saturday evening. A wiener dog costume contest and an all-breed dog costume contest will also be held Sunday afternoon.
German-Texas Heritage Society
When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: German Free School, 507 East 10th Street
Admission: $7 in advance, $10 at the door, 12 and under are free
Take a stroll through the beautiful historic gardens while listening to live music, sipping German beers and tasting German food! Kids of all ages will be entertained with a magic show, balloon art, storytime and more. Great food from Frank’s and Pfeifers’s Bakery and outstanding German Beer are also at your fingertips during this fun filled event.
AustOberfest (Austin + Oktoberfest)
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 5-11 p.m.
Where: Austin Saengerrunde, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Admission: $50 (plus fees) per person. Children under 13 years of age are free
The Austin Saengerrunde will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Scholz Garten and it’s 4th Annual AustOberfest – Austin+Oktoberfest celebrating Central Texas German heritage with all you can eat sausage, bier tasting, contest stage, bowling & live music. Price of ticket includes: Unlimited German-style sausage from some of Central Texas’ best meat purveyors: Micklethwait Craft Meats, Freedmen’s, Smokey Denmark, FRANK, Miller’s Smokehouse, Southside Market & Barbeque and more! You will recieve a 150th Collectable Stein, Hat Pin, German Bier Tastings along with live music entertainment with full access to the bowling alley.
When: November 4-13, 2016
Where: 120 Landa Street, New Braunfels
Admission: $10 at the gate, $8 in advance, children under 12 are free. Free admission until 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4th.
Families will enjoy this annual celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun. In addition to the German food and music, there will also be dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment.
About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 18 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.