I have somehow managed to live in Dallas Fort Worth for 5 years and not participated in any of the Oktoberfest celebrations in DFW! Don’t worry, just because I haven’t been for myself doesn’t mean I don’t know where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Dallas (and beyond). Between my fiancé and our friends, I have a wealth of knowledge to share about Oktoberfest in DFW. And you can be your lederhosen that I’ll be checking off a lot of their from my Oktoberfest bucket list! The Oktoberfest celebration I’m most excited for? Richardson Pawtoberfest, duh!
PS- if I miss your favorite Oktoberfest celebrations in DFW, holla at ya girl!
Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Dallas Fort Worth
Addison Oktoberfest | September 14-17 | $10 Tickets
You can’t make a list of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in DFW without the Addison Oktoberfest! They have it all: food, drinks, live music, rides, carnival games, Marktplatz, Dachshund races– and did I mention drinks? There are over 15 vendors that serve authentic German food and drinks, including: Draught Haus, Helmut’s Strudel, Pretzel Haus, Siegi’s Sausage Factory, and SpätzleHaus.
This Oktoberfest celebration is located at Addison Circle Park, which honestly is extremely convenient to get to no matter where you’re coming from (but who are we kidding, you’re going to Uber/Lyft there). But if you are driving, they have free parking. Speaking of free, it’s free to attend both Thursday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday single day admission for Addison Oktoberfest is $10 (BUY TICKETS).
Frisco Oktoberfest at The Star | October 7 | Free
You can celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7th from 11am-9pm at The Star in Frisco! At the Frisco Oktoberfest you can expect to find stein-hoisting competitors, local vendors, Oktoberfest games, dancing and plenty of delicious bier, wine and German cuisine! Games include: Dachshund Dash, Bier stein hoisting contests, brat eating contests, keg rolling and stein relays! Be sure to bring your card with you as vendors are cashless. This DFW Oktoberfest celebration is free to attend!
Southlake Oktoberfest | October 13-15 | Free
2023 marks the 22nd anniversary of this DFW Oktoberfest celebration! Over 100,000 people are expected to attend over the weekend. The Southlake Oktoberfest is very kid friendly, fun the whole family can enjoy. They have arts and crafts vendors, woodworking, face painting, live music– and of course German food and drinks. Side note, if you have a pup, sign up for the popular wiener dog race. Southlake Oktoberfest takes place in the Southlake’s Town Square. They have free admission, free shuttle and free parking.
Plano Steinfest | TBD for 2023
This information is from previous years. We will update once we see an announcement for 2023!
Where are my Historic Downtown Plano lovers at?! Not going to lie, I am stoked that this is only a few minutes from our house in Richardson. The Plano Steinfest is authentic as it gets, so I’ve been told. You can dance the night away to polka music, visit the artist village, watch the weiner dog fashion show, enjoy plenty of German food and drink… and partake in keg bowling. Oh, and if you have kids with you.. there’s a special kid’s zone area.
Tickets for this DFW Oktoberfest celebration are free… but you can upgrade buy purchasing a VIP package that gets you twenty food and drink coupons, a commemorative stein, t-shirt and access to the VIP beer garden. 10/10 planning to go VIP this fall. The weekend of fun is held in Haggard Park.
Richardson Pawtoberfest | October 21 | Free
Leave it to Richardson to pull on my heart strings with their version of Oktoberfest! Not going to lie, this celebration was not on my radar of where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Dallas, but thank goodness for a quick Google search! Whether you have a dog or not, you can’t say no to watching pups dressed up in their finest lederhosen, right? Of course it wouldn’t be an Oktoberfest without bier, live music and food trucks!
Richardson Pawtoberfest is held at Huffhines Park. Admission is free, but you can also purchase a Pawtoberfest Package for $15. The package includes: Pawtoberfest Bandana, beer mug, one free beer, tasty treats for your pup and $1 off all beer refills.
McKinney Oktoberfest | September 22-24 | Free
Head to McKinney Oktoberfest this fall to enjoy German vendors including: Brat Haus, Folklore Pierogi, Fischer’s Meat Market, and Helga’s Strudel. But also for the 14 block long bier garten. Yup, 14 blocks long… It goes throughout the McKinney downtown square and transports you to Germany for the weekend. They also have live music, carnival rides, a parade, petting zoo and a Stein-holding Competition!
Admission is free for this Oktoberfest celebration, but there are lots of VIP packages available online you can purchase. There’s so much information, I’m not even go to try and share it all here. Check out this information page for more details. The festivities are located in Historic Downtown McKinney.
Fort Worth Oktoberfest | September 21-23 | $15 Tickets
Switching gears to the other side of the metroplex… The Fort Worth Oktoberfest is jam packed with activities. They’ve got a 20-mile run, 5k, fun run, beer barrel rolling race and live music. Of course they also have German food and drink vendors– even some clothing vendors! Some of the food items you can try while at the Fort Worth Oktoberfest include: sausage platters, German cheese boards, German potato pancakes, and strudel.
The Fort Worth Oktoberfest is held at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion. Ticket prices vary for each day. While a 3-day pass is $20, Thursday tickets are $10, Friday tickets are $15, and Saturday tickets are $15.
Lake Highlands Oktoberfest | September 30 | $25
Honestly had no idea this one existed- and neither did my friends! Another great Google moment to figure out where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Dallas. This Oktoberfest celebration is held at Flag Pole Hill, just north of White Rock Lake. Tickets for adults are $25 and kids 4-17 are $10.
At this Oktoberfest celebration in Dallas you can expect lots of live music, great Dallas food, a Kid Zone, Stein holding contest and more.
Oktoberfeast at Legacy Hall | September 25 | Free
In it’s sixth year of joining in on the festivities, Legacy Hall is hosting Oktoberfeast in Plano. You can celebrate all things beer, brats and bands on the three floors of Legacy Hall and the Box Garden. We’re talking yodeling, accordion players, oom-pah music and more. This is free to enter, but there are VIP packages available!
The Oktoberfeast festival will take over all three stories of Legacy Hall including Unlawful Assembling Brewing Co. (3rdfloor) and the Box Garden; all located at 7800 Windrose Ave. in Plano.