One of Fredericksburg's most popular festivals is returning for its 43rd year. Oktoberfest, slated for October 6 - 8, 2023, honors the town's rich German heritage with everything from oompah music, arts and crafts, shopping, a children's area, over 50 varieties of beer and wine, great food and plenty of fun.
The celebration takes place on Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg Friday through Sunday. Gates are open from 6 p.m.- midnight on Friday, 10 a.m.- midnight on Saturday and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.
One of the best local tips for Oktoberfest is to utilize Oktoberfest Park & Ride. The service drops you off right at the gate after you park your car at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. You can also buy admission tickets and food and drink tickets at the parking location to cut down on your time in line on the festival grounds.
Oktoberfest is the largest festival of the year in Fredericksburg, and planning ahead is essential. Fredericksburg has plenty of lodging accommodations to choose from, with more than 1,500 vacation rentals and over 20 hotels and inns to choose from. Book early!
Oktoberfest weekend is packed with plenty of activities and fun for all ages. Live music will be played throughout the weekend on five separate stages. Schedules are subject to change.
Kick off the weekend celebration with OkTUBAfest. The 13th annual event will take place from 5:45-6:15 p.m. inside the front gates. The event features tubas and euphoniums playing traditional German tunes.
Meet the Shiner Brewmeister with a Keg Tapping at 6 p.m. Local brewery Altstadt Brewery will host a waltz contest at 8:30 p.m. More details to come.
Start your morning off burning some calories and participating in the 14th Annual Oktoberfest Kraut Run. Hosted by the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club, the run benefits local literacy programs, and participants are treated to beer and sausage at the end of the race.
Come shake your tail feathers at the Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance at 9 a.m. Show off your favorite chicken outfit or German costume. Find authentic German clothing and accessories here at these great Fredericksburg shops.
At 1 p.m., test your endurance in the Samuel Adams Stein Hoist. Meet the Altstadt Brewmeister with a Keg Tapping at 4 p.m.
Test your skills in the Real Estate Advisory Team 42 Tournament. Registration begins at noon and play begins at 1 p.m. Gather the family and show off your best Bavarian style in the Family Dirndl and Lederhosen Contest at 2:30 p.m.
Schedule is subject to change.
Prost to great food!
Throughout the weekend there are plenty of choices to taste traditional German fare as well as classic Texas favorites.
Vendors will be set up throughout the festival serving great options including bratwurst, German fried fries, jaeger schnitzel, potato pancakes, sausage wraps, German tacos, Reuben sandwiches and more!
Fredericksburg is also home to great restaurants featuring everything from Hill Country cuisine, Tex-Mex, barbecue and casual eats. Discover the flavors of Fredericksburg.
Oktoberfest will have over 50 different varieties of domestic, import and Texas craft beer on tap!
Find your favorite local beers (Altstadt) or Texas favorite Shiner to German imports from Spaten, Warsteiner and Paulaner. For those who like to stick close to home, there will be plenty of domestic imports as well as seasonal Oktoberfest beers.
Fredericksburg isn't just about the great beer, it's also home to Texas Wine Country. The area is home to over 100 wineries, more than 60 of which are located in Fredericksburg. Learn more about all the wineries Fredericksburg has to offer.
Things to do
From festivals to outdoor excursions to shopping sprees to history, Fredericksburg has a large number of things to see and do. Whether you want to explore the beauty of the Texas Hill Country or get a head start on your holiday shopping, Fredericksburg has something for everyone.
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