Grab your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready to have a good time as the city of Houston gears up for Oktoberfest season. This time of year is peppered with festivities centered around the mashup of German and Texan culture, where beer, sausage, music and dancing are the heartbeat of many celebrations throughout the city this fall. So brush up on your German and “Czech” out these events that are fun for the whole family.
Oktoberfest Houston 2019
The “official” Oktoberfest 2019 celebration takes place at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park. The festivities kick off on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-11 p.m. and picks back up again Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than three dozen beer vendors will be on site to offer a huge variety of imported and local drafts to quench that Texas thirst. You’ll also be able to taste authentic German food serving up wieners, pretzels and other delicious fare. Live music, games, contests and a kids zone are all you need for an amazing weekend.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including King’s Oktoberfest. The celebration will take place over two weekends – one in Pearland (Oct. 4 – 6) and one in Houston (Oct. 18 – 20). You can expect a ceremonial keg tapping, Bavarian Strongman Competition, shopping, live music, authentic food and other activities. And if all that weren’t enough, King’s is also giving away two all-inclusive trips for two to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany!
GACC South’s Oktoberfest 2019
Brush up on your axe throwing skills at the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) South’s Oktoberfest event, Thursday, Sept. 26 at Klaus Brewing Company. Come dressed in your snazziest lederhosen or dirndl for the costume contest, or just enjoy the live music, cold beer, and fun games.
The Czech Center Museum hosts a kid-centered version of the Oktoberfest celebration. Children of all ages can enjoy a day filled with a variety of activities including arts and crafts, puppet making, face painting and a Czech fairytale puppet show called The Wooden Maiden. Music, dance and food will also be available, and families will be able to explore the Czech Center Museum, where they can experience authentic art, objects and stories around Czech culture. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m. at the Czech Center Museum.
The History of Science & Beer
For all you history buffs out there, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is commemorating Oktoberfest at Saint Arnold Brewery with an event focusing on the history and science of beer making. You will hear from Brock Wagner, Saint Arnold founder, and Scott Birdwell of DeFalco’s Home Wine and Beer while enjoying a dinner that will include several traditional Bavarian dishes and selections of beer. After dinner, visitors will take a tour of the brewery. Patrons must be at least 21 years old.
B52 Fest 2019
Just north of Houston in Conroe, B52 Brewing will host a lively Oktoberfest celebration. On Sept. 21, from 12 – 7 p.m., will offer drink packages featuring their authentic German lagers on draft. Several food vendors including The Berlin Food Factory, Bright Relish, Refill Station and SnoBall Island will serve German cuisine. The Homebrewed Brass Ensemble will perform live while you play rounds of steinhoise, barrel roll and other games and contests.
Add a little sand and beach to your beer and sausage at Galveston’s 38th Annual Island Oktoberfest, Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. The fun family weekend will include live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and beer, a cake wheel, shopping, arts and crafts and so much more. The festivities will be held near First Lutheran Church near 24th and Winnie streets in historic downtown Galveston. Admission is free and costumes are encouraged.