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This Small Texas Town Hosts the Most Authentic Oktoberfest in the US

by Olivia Harden Aug 4, 2022

Fall is coming fast, which means Oktoberfest season will be here before you know it. The famed Oktoberfest in Munich is scheduled to return this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to catch a flight to Germany to drink beer for a couple of days, there are plenty of grand Oktoberfest celebrations right in the United States. One of the most notable is in Addison, Texas.

Named the country’s “most authentic Oktoberfest” by Forbes and USA Today, this small town’s celebration takes place from September 15 to 18. The festival typically brings in around 50,000 people to Addison Circle Park who come for authentic German food and performances. Expect polka music, sing-a-longs, Bavarian folk dances, yodels, and interactive games, all with German performers in costume. Kids can participate in the fun too in the Fun For Die Familie section with hands-on crafts, balloons, airbrush tattoos, and sachshund races.

Beer and food, of course, are at the center of it all. There’s a special Oktoberfest Paulaner Bier and plenty of German sausage, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, and of course, giant pretzels. And in the Draught Haus Biergarten, guests can enjoy beer and brats while watching top college and pro games on a huge outdoor tv screen.

Tickets are on sale now with free admission for everyone on Thursday, September 15, and Sunday, September 18. Kids under 10 are free for the entire weekend of the festival. And tickets on Friday and Saturday are $10. Guests can also purchase a two-day pass for $40 that includes one commemorative half-liter stein, two Paulaner beers, and one commemorative lapel pin. For guests looking to spend the night from out-of-town, purchase one of the hotel packages with rates starting at $94.

As long as you don’t drink too much beer, you’re sure to have an experience you’ll never forget.

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