Oktoberfest is a large, two-week festival held each year in Germany, generally from late September to early October. Since many people of German ancestry can't make it all the way to Europe for the festivities, many celebrate here in the U.S. Because Texas has such a large German population and heritage, it is only right that there be lots of Oktoberfest celebrations here. San Antonio has many such Oktoberfest events, some of which go through to November. Check out these links for the best of Oktoberfest San Antonio 2010
October 1, 2, 8 &9, 2010
Each year during Oktoberfest, the Beethoven Maennerchor holds a big party at their Beethoven Halle & Garten. It includes music, food, dance and of course, plenty of beer! Suggested donation is $5 at the gate, $3 in advance; members, children & military (active or retired) with ID are admitted free.
October 29-Nov. 7, 2010, weekdays at 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am. Wurstfest closes at 12 Midnight on Thursday and Fridays, 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday, 1 am on Saturdays and 10 pm on the last Sunday.
One of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations of its kind in the U.S., Wurstfest is a 10-day "Salute to Sausage" held in nearby New Braunfels. Food, drink and plenty of live music all mark the celebration. And since this year marks the 50th anniversary of the celebration, there is sure to be even more partying than usual!
Admission is $8 at the gates, $6 if purchased in advance. Rain or shine, no refunds! Children 12 and under are free. Group discounts may be available, see web link for more information.
October 1-3, 2010
Even our neighbors to the north get in on the fun. Fredericksburg, TX also holds a weekend-long celebration in honor of Oktoberfest. The usual array of food, beer and music can be had. There will be a Kinder Park for the children, a German Bier Tent, arts and crafts, and an Oktoberfest Vineyard area. 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration.
Admission is $10 for a 2-day pass (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun) or $15 for all three. Click the web link above to buy tickets in advance using PayPal.