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4 Fun Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Houston

When Fall arrives in H-town, that means three things: football season has begun, school is in session, and Oktoberfest is near. While the annual festival in Munich is in full swing, you don’t have to fly to Germany to participate. In fact, there are several of these distinctly German parties right here in Texas, so check out these events celebrating Oktoberfest in Houston.

Oktoberfest Houston
Started in 2011, Oktoberfest Houston is now an eagerly-anticipated annual event that celebrates both German and Texas culture. You can wear a dirndl, drink authentic German beer and dance to polka music, and also put on your cowboy boots and drink local craft brews. You can also compete in Olympiad games including the Stein Race, Barrel Roll, Stein Hoisting, and the Legendary Brat Toss. It’s all taking place September 29 at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park.

King’s Oktoberfest
King’s Oktoberfest is so big it needs two weekends. The bierhaus has two locations, so why not visit both? Attendance on October 7th and October 21st gets you a raffle to win a trip for two to the real deal – the winners fly to Munich for Oktoberfest in 2019. Entertainment includes adult carnival games, arm wrestling, and a Bavarian strongman competition. Winners of the bier pong tournament will get $500 cash, which will buy a whole lot of beer.

Texas Renaissance Festival
A ren faire doesn’t automatically say Oktoberfest, unless it’s the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission. Take a day trip September 29 or October 1 and you’ll say Huzzah! to Old Bavaria at this themed weekend. They’ll have polka music, brats, and strudel. Dust off your lederhosen before you go and you can compete in the costume contest.

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Party in a classic German-style beer hall at the Saint Arnold Oktoberfest on October 6th and 7th. Named after the patron saint of brewers, this brewery is Houston’s oldest. Look the part and you could be crowned the King or Queen. They’ll have their full line-up of beers poured in a commemorative glass boot as well as a special German dinner.

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