If you've been to Munich, you know that the name Oktoberfest is misleading: This annual beer celebration begins in late September. (Although in 2021, there will be no Oktoberfest in Munich at all.)
Fort Worth is rich with German heritage, and that makes it your duty to go all in on Oktoberfest, to raise a glass and do the event proud.
Here's a list of the biggest Oktoberfests in town, including all of Fort Worth — plus a few in DFW from bar celebrations to beer spots to city events — in chronological order:
Addison Oktoberfest. The town of Addison's annual Oktoberfest celebration has been named one of the country's most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today. Four days of family-oriented entertainment draw more than 50,000 fans, with German food and the same Paulaner Bier served in Bavaria. Dozens of polka bands and other traditional entertainers from around the country perform on multiple stages, including one at the Partyhalle, a 30,000-square-foot open-air tent with seating for 1,500. Contests include bier barrel rolling, a German Idol yodeling contest, activities for kids, unique shopping, and an opportunity to wear your dirndl and lederhosen. Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Cir. When: Thursday September 16, 6-11pm, Friday September 17 6 pm–midnight, Saturday September 18 12 pm–midnight, Sunday September 19 12-5 pm. Admission: $10 for single-day on Friday and Saturday; Thursday and Sunday are free. Tickets are online.
Trucktoberfest. Truck Yard Dallas and Truck Yard The Colony, known for their offbeat programming, will host their inaugural Trucktoberfest, featuring a lively lineup of adult, kid, and dog-friendly activities such as a Stein Holding Contest, Wiener Dog Race, Yodeling Competition, and Pretzel-Eating Contest. Revelers are encouraged to don the traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl. Brew Boss Dennis Wehrmann will tap his great grandfather's 200-year-old keg of Truck Yard's Trucktoberfest brew. Where: Truck Yard Dallas, 5624 Sears St. and Truck Yard The Colony. When: September 18-19 11 am-11:45 pm. Admission: Free.
September 18, 24-25
Maple Branch Craft Brewery. Brewery and biergarden is breaking up its Oktoberfest into a three-day celebration that will extend over two weekends. The facility will be decked out in traditional decor and each day will be filled with German food, live polka band, stein-holding contests, and more. It starts on Saturday September 18, when you can get a limited-edition commemorative Oktoberfest half-liter stein, free with your first pour, for $20. All refills after that are $5, for all three days of their party. The festivities continue the following weekend, both days, September 24-25. They've also issued a set of Oktoberfest pins, which they highly recommend you collect. Where: 2628 Whitmore St. When: September 18 from 12-3 pm, 7-10 pm; September 24 from 7-10 pm; September 25 from 12-3 pm, 7-10 pm. Admission: Free.
September 18-October 3
Oktoberfest at Meddlesome Moth. Design District pub celebrates Oktoberfest for two weeks, beginning September 18, with special Oktoberfest tappings by beer director Matt Quenette. Dozens of Oktoberfest beers make appearances for the annual celebration including offerings from Real Ale, Saint Arnold, Firestone Walker, Great Raft, and Ayinger. Chef Joshua Boneé complements the beer experience with Beef Bangers and Mash, smoked onion jus, potato aligot, and caramelized cipollini onions as well as a Cacio de Pepe Spaetzle with house guanciale, pink peppercorn, and parmesan. Where: Meddlesome Moth. When: September 18-October 3.
Oktoberfest Fort Worth. The city's event is a family-friendly affair featuring authentic German food, music, dancing, games, shopping, and biergartens. Have fun watching the fur fly at the Dachshund Dash; shop for clothing, treats, and souvenirs in the marktsraße; or catch a thrill ride in the midway. Bier lovers can look forward to Spaten and other delicious fall and Oktoberfest biers from all around the country. If you buy your ticket online by September 22 at 11:59 pm, you get a free 2021 stein; a limited number of free steins will be available to those who buy tickets at the gate. Where: Panther Island Pavilion. When: Thursday September 23 and Friday September 24 from 5-11 pm, Saturday September 25 from 11 am-midnight. Admission: $5 for Thursday, $10 for Friday, and $10 for Saturday, or get a 3-day pass for $15. 12 and under is free.
Oktoberfest Downtown McKinney. The German is strong in McKinney, which has been hosting an Oktoberfest event since 2008. Three-day weekend of German-themed fun includes authentic German food, domestic and imported beer, live music, and games. The full schedule is online. Where: 200 W. Virginia St. When: Friday September 24 from 4 pm-midnight, Saturday September 25 from 10 am-midnight, Sunday September 26 from 12-5 pm. Admission: Free.
Barktoberfest at Rahr. It's Rahr to the Rescue for this Fort Worth brewery hosting Barktoberfest, benefiting Saving Hope Animal Rescue, which finds homes for abandoned, neglected, and abused domestic animals. They'll be on-site with adoptable pups, and they'll also have puppy swimming pools set up if you want to bring yours along. Fritz Rahr will be making pretzels, Jason Spradlin' will performing on the Rahr Stage, and the beer will be cold. They'll also have puppy beer (homemade bone broth) and German music. Where: Rahr & Sons Brewing, 701 Galveston Ave. When: September 26 from 12-4 pm. Admission: Free.
Oktoberfest at Shops at Willow Park. Open-air shopping & dining spot is hosting an event with an extensive selection of breweries will be on hand, led by Parker County Brewing Company. There will also be food from Willow Park eateries as well as some outside vendors. Entry will be free, with tickets sold for beers once you arrive. Live music will be courtesy of The Wonderfuls, a cover band that plays top hits from the 80’s to current-day songs. Where: 210 Shops Blvd., Willow Park. When: October 2 from 5-9 pm. Admission: Free.
10th Annual Oktoberfest Dallas. Profits from this popular annual charitable event go to the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands which returns the proceeds to the community in a variety of ways. They canceled 2020 but now it's back with all day entertainment for the entire family including outdoor fun for the kids, local food, ice cream, beverages, and an amazing lineup of live music including Americana band Son Volt, as well as Taylor Dunn, Vandoliers, the Lake Highlands School of Music, and DeeJay CeePee/Christopher Todd Penn. Where: Flag Pole Hill at White Rock Lake. When: October 2 from 10 am-10 pm. Admission: $15 per wristband, purchase tickets online.
Stephanie Allmon-Merry contributed to this story.