Is there a better time than autumn? Texas football is back, apples are in full harvest, and the Texas Hill Country scenery is covered in bright shades of orange, yellow and red. One of the best things about autumn, though, certainly has to be Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a major event in Fredericksburg, Texas, and it will be celebrated this year at Marktplatz right in the center of downtown Fredericksburg from October 3-5. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy gemutlichkeit Texas-style!
Fredericksburg was founded by John O. Meusbach on May 8, 1846. Meusbach served as the Commissioner General of Texas for the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants, and he was heavily involved with the Meusebach-Comanche Treaty to preserve peace with the Native Americans in the area. The influence of German settlers can still be seen in much of downtown Fredericksburg, and Oktoberfest is a time to celebrate our German roots.
This year’s Oktoberfest celebration will be number 34, and it will be marked with great food, even better beer, and fun activities for the entire family. There will be four stages filled with musical acts and other performers, forty artisan tents, select featured artists’ galleries, and a children’s fun area. Here are several other events you surely don’t want to miss:
OkTubaFest: You can’t have Oktoberfest without a few tubas. Make sure to check out this musical presentation right outside the front gate from 5:45 to 6:15 on Friday, October 3rd.
Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance: The Saturday festivities begin with the 5th annual Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance. Attendees are encouraged to get out of bed and be at the 100 Block of Main Street at 9:00 A.M. The first 340 people who sign up will receive a prize. For those who just want to watch, the dancing begins at 9:30 A.M. Make sure to get your camera ready!
42 Tournament: The last day of the festivities includes a 42 tournament. Each year, many come out to see who will be crowned the best of Texas’s national game. Maybe this year is your year. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams.
If you are in in the mood for a good brat and lively celebration, we encourage you to come out to Fredericksburg to celebrate Oktoberfest. And if you need a Fredericksburg bed and breakfast on Main Street to stay, we have you covered. Each year, visitors stay at the Wine Country Hacienda and Wine Country Cottages during the Oktoberfest festivities for a luxurious stay with all of the comforts of home. We would love for you to join us!