Embracing Bavarian Traditions: A Deep-Dive into Fredericksburg, TX Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is known as a celebration that can get a little crazy. Every year, partiers head to Munich, Germany to celebrate all things German and drink A LOT of beer.

But not everyone can afford a trip to Germany. That’s why it’s good to know that there are plenty of Oktoberfest festivals happening right here is the good old USA. One that’s particularly exciting takes place in Fredericksberg, TX.

Here are some things you can enjoy when you’re in town for this nonstop party event.

When and Where

Fredericksberg has been celebrating Oktoberfest for over 40 years. The celebration spans 3 days (usually a Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in late September or early October. It is held on Marktplatz in the downtown area.

The hours are typically:

  • Friday 6 PM to midnight
  • Saturday 10 AM to midnight
  • Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM

To Do

Here are some fun activities you can enjoy at the festival.


OktabaFest is a musical performance involving local tuba players. It kicks off just before the keg tapping and lasts throughout the kickoff event. It takes place inside the front gate. All tuba players are welcome to participate.

The Keg Tapping

The keg tapping involves opening the first keg of the event. It is usually done by the town mayor or someone responsible for hosting the affair. The person doing the honors typically cries out “O’zapft is” when the keg is opened. This is a Bavarian phrase the means, “The barrel is open’ but it can also be translated as “Let’s party!”

Rotary Kraut Run

Work off some of that food and beer by participating in the Rotary Kraut Run. It typically kicks off at 8:30 on the Saturday of the event so be careful not to do too much partying the night before if you want to take part in either the 5K or 8K run or the 5K non-timed walk. Proceeds benefit literacy programs in Fredericksberg.

Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance

All guests are welcome to get silly by imitating a chicken character as he or she gets funky and flaps its wings.

Stein Hoist

The stein hoist is a traditional Oktoberfest which involves participants holding a 1.5-liter stein directly in front of them without bending their arms. The person to hold the stein the longest with the least amount of spillage is crowned as the winner. There are typically prizes awarded in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

Real Estate Advisory Team 42 Tournament

42 Tournament is similar to a card game, but it uses dominos. The real estate advisory is welcome to participate in this exciting event.

Family Dirndl & Lederhosen Contest

For this event, families are welcome to dress up in classic Bavarian dress. Prizes will be awarded based on authenticity and originality.

Alstadt Yodel Contest

Do you think you have what it takes? Enter to find out.

Five Stages of Musical Performances

The event offers five stages that are packed with performances from beginning to end. Check out the very best in oompah excitement.

Food and Beverages

While at the fest, you can enjoy a wide range of German inspired and American dishes. There are also several varieties of beer available for purchase. Check out the website to find out about the treats you can enjoy.


Don’t worry about the kids getting bored. They’ll have plenty to do. A kinderpark area is available offering:

  • Face painting
  • Games
  • A Kid’s Hi-Striker
  • Stilt walkers
  • BassMobile

If you want an Oktoberfest experience without traveling to Germany, Fredericksberg offers the perfect opportunity to party. With so much to see and do, you are sure to have a fun-filled weekend. Which of these events will you be looking forward to checking out?

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