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Texas Oktoberfest Celebrations

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Texas has a rich German heritage, which explains the numerous Oktoberfest events across the Lone Star State. Anyone who enjoys German food, drink and music will certainly want to make plans to attend one of these events.

1. WurstFest

A “Ten Day Salute to Sausage,” Wurstfest has been drawing visitors to the German-influenced Hill Country town of New Braunfels for over four decades. In the early days, when it was still known as Sausage Festival, the event drew a few thousand. Today, well over 100,000 people attend the event annually. The event typically runs from late October through mid-November.

2. Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

A traditional German Oktoberfest in Texas' most famous German settlement - Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg Oktoberfest offers plenty of authentic German food, music, artisans and entertainment.

3. Beethoven Halle Oktoberfest

Held at San Antonio's Beethoven Halle und Garten, Oktoberfest is a traditional German celebration with a full compliment of food, music, drink, dance and entertainment.

4. Texas Renaissance Festival

A six-week trip back to the 16th century, the Texas Renaissance Festival features over 200 daily performances, 300 arts and crafts shops, 60 food and beverage shops, nightly fireworks and more than 3,000 costumed characters strolling the grounds. Although it is not technically an "Oktoberfest," the opening weekend (Oct. 11-12) of the Renaissance festival is themed as Oktoberfest and the event covers the entire month.

5. Lancaster Oktoberfest

The Lancaster OktoberFest offers something for everyone - a Preview Party with seated dinner on Friday night, children activities and open celebration on Saturday, Bavarian dance performances, live music, authentic German cuisine, root beer on tap, custom-brewed beer plus many Oktoberfest favorites imported from Germany, arts and crafts vendors, and more. An added bonus is the fact it all takes place just 15 minutes south of Dallas.

6. Southlake Oktoberfest

Held on the Southlake Town Square, Oktoberfest is a family oriented event with plenty of activities for adults and kids alike, including the crowd pleasing Weiner Dog Race.

7. Addison Oktoberfest

Although it's held in September (to coincide with the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest), the Addison Oktoberfest is one of the biggest and best Oktoberfests in the nation. 

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