Oompah at its Best, the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and the cries of prosit once again herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas. For three full days, the whole world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, in its 39th year of celebrating the spirit of Texas gemütlichkeit!
Oktoberfest is growing; we continue to add more seating to Strassen Zelt (Street Tent), located on Adams Street. Strassen Zelt features a souvenir booth, photo booth, German Bier, bands, a domino tournament and more, all under huge colorful tents all three days. There will also be sing-a-longs and more music in the Main Street Musik Zelt.
Adding more to our excitement is OktubaFest on Friday afternoon; we invite any and all tuba and euphonium players to participate. Saturday morning is our “Hauptstrasse (Main Street) Chicken Dance”. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM, and the first 350 registrants will receive a special surprise. Chicken Dancing starts at 9:30 AM sharp. On Sunday, domino players are invited to join us for a 42 tournament. Registration begins at noon under Strassen Zelt.
Four covered stages host a continuous parade of entertainers. The focus is the German favorites of oompah, polka, and waltzing, with exhibitions, contests, and plenty of opportunities for dancing – including the irresistible “Chicken Dance!” Bands scheduled to perform this year include Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Oma & The Oompahs, TubaMeisters, Fredericksburg Filharmonic, Polkamatics, The Sound Connection, Shirley Johnson, Herschel Moody, Czech & Then Some, Arion Maennerchor, Band Aids Jazz Band, Hermann Sons Mixed Choir, Swingin’ Dutchmen, Walburg Boys, Ennis Czech Boys, Boerne Village Band, Comal Community Band, The Czech Melody Masters, Havlak Batla Polka Time Band, Jerry Haisler and the Melody Five, Yodel Blitz, Chris Rybak, Eklectic Swing Trio, The Red Ravens, Cloverleaf Orchestra, Czechaholics, Seven Dutchmen, and the Schuhplattlers dance group.
Oktoberfest attracts many visitors just for the shopping opportunities. Juried artisans from across the state fill two big tents, offering their best arts and collectibles. In another tent, a select group of local hill country artists will be selling their fine art to the public in a rare showing. Many find it the ideal opportunity to start their holiday shopping with many unique, handmade gift items.
Of course the best part of any celebration in Fredericksburg is the hearty menu of delicious German and American foods. Over a dozen vendors will be serving up a variety of sausage on a stick and plates with kraut, potato pancakes, plus other scrumptious goodies. Adventurous tasters can sample over 50 varieties of German, American, Texan and other imported beers.
Oktoberfest is a time for the youngsters as well. Kids can play to their heart’s content on the bungee jump and slide, visit Sunshine the Clown, try their hand at three hi-strikers, or enjoy other fun games and activities, including a stilt party.
Since its inception in 1981, Oktoberfest has been presented by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance. Community volunteers provide the labor, and all Oktoberfest proceeds are used for student scholarships, gifts and grants, the summer MarktPlatz Concert Series, and to support the local arts.
Oktoberfest hours are 6:00 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10:00 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, $1 for children 7-12, and children 6 and under are free. Two-day passes are $12; three-day passes are $16. Advance ticket sales are available on our website.
More information on Oktoberfest and Fredericksburg is available by calling 830-997-4810, or visit www.oktoberfestinfbg.com.
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