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The Best Oktoberfests in the West: a list of the 5 top Oktoberfests in Texas

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The Best Oktoberfests in the West: a list of the 5 top Oktoberfests in Texas 

It’s no secret that Texas has some of the best Oktober festivals in the country. With German towns such as, New Braunfels, and Fredericksburg the lone star state is the place to be to get an authentic festival experience. While there are plenty of festivals to choose from finding the right one for a fun weekend or a day trip might get a bit overwhelming. I’ve narrowed down five of the best fests that will surely please all of your Oktoberfest needs!

  1. Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest is probably the most popular Oktoberfest in Texas the small town takes pride in its German heritage and certainly goes all out for this festival. If you’re looking for a large party with overflowing steins and traditional polka dancing then this is the fest for you! Grab your closest friends and make a fun road trip out of it. Even try to hit up some of the wineries that are out in the Texas hill country. But make sure you are prepared to party because that is exactly what you’ll be doing all weekend long at this huge festival!

  1. Southlake Oktoberfest

If you’re looking for something more family friendly but still large and packed with plenty of activities, then Southlake is the place to be. This fest has almost 100,000 attendees every year and offers live music, arts & crafts, and plenty of good local German fare. Go hang out with your family and just kick it with a beer while enjoying this gorgeous Dallas suburb!

  1. Wurstfest New Braunfels

Wurstfest in New Braunfels is just about as authentic as you can get. You’ll see plenty of people dressed in lederhosen or with elaborate Dutch braids. This is the perfect place to go if you really want to feel like you’re in Bavaria without leaving Texas. This Fest also doubles as a carnival so if polka dancing all night long isn’t your thing then there are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. This festival actually runs the first two weekends of November which almost guarantees that it will be nice and cool weather for this outdoor festival.

  1. King’s Fest Pearl Land

King’s fest is not you’re traditional Oktoberfest. It’s more of a carnival atmosphere with Oktoberfest activities thrown in, such as, a ceremonial keg tapping, and imported bier. However, this might be perfect for the person who wants something less authentic and more of just a fun festival atmosphere! The fest offers plenty of other activities that will ensure a great weekend, but also give you a feel that you’re not at a strictly German festival. I would suggest trying this one out if you’re not so sure about Oktoberfest and want to try something less intimidating first.

  1. Texas Renaissance Fair Oktoberfest weekend

Texas Renaissance festival is probably my personal favorite on this list. The fest actually lasts for almost two months, but they dedicate an entire weekend to Oktoberfest. This is the place to go if you like theatrics (like myself) you can dress up as outrageously as you want! There is amazing food and plenty of beer and mead that gives it that Renaissance flare. Enjoy a bratwurst while watching a joust or sip a lager while laughing at Shakespeare. This really has the best of everything and it will certainly keep just about anyone entertained. Don’t be afraid to go all out for this fest the bigger the better especially when it comes to Texas Festivals!

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