The world's largest Oktoberfest kicked off on Saturday in Munich. But when it comes to the celebration, the Lone Star State is neither slouch, nor stranger to German culture. More specifically H-Town will have Oktoberfest celebrations gearing up all around the city in the coming days. Want to take part? We have compiled a list of some of the biggest and best Oktoberfest events all around Houston. So get your best stein out, and take those lederhosen (or dirndls) out of the closet, Oktoberfest is upon us.
- The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou, 105 Sabine St.
- September 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kicking off the list is Houston’s very own Oktoberfest, boasting beers of all kinds including the German, the tried-and-true hometown favorites and the domestics. To bask in the atmosphere there will be traditional polka music being played live, as well as "traditional" games of Stein Race, Barrel Roll, Stein Hoisting and a Brat Toss! Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $100 advance or $125 at the door, and children under 15 years old are free.
- Flying Saucer, 15925 City Walk, Sugar Land, September 25-October 1
- Flying Saucer, 705 Main Street, Houston, September 25-September 30
The people at Flying Saucer know a thing or two about beer. It's not surprise, then, that they know just as much when it comes to Oktoberfest—and they’ll be celebrating all week long at both locations. Each day will feature a brewery with its own Oktoberfest beer and stein. Participating breweries will include Real Ale, Saint Arnold, Odell, Victory Brewing, Warsteiner, Paulaner and Sierra Nevada.
- Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission
- September 30-October 1
If you’re in the mood to be whisked away to an enchanted land without the setback of having to fly or check your luggage, you’re in luck! The Texas Ren Fest will be kicking off the season with the first of its many annual themed weekend, Oktoberfest. So gorge yourself on turkey legs, ales and mead like merrymakers of old, as long as you can suspend disbelief—the first Oktoberfest didn't take place until the 1810 wedding of King Ludwig I.
- Karbach Brewing Company, 2032 Karbach Street
- September 15-October 7
Festivities are already in full swing at the Karbach Brewery. The continuing event includes live music each weekend from the likes of Bright Light Social Hour, The Tontons, Grupo Fantasmo and more. Admissions to the shows are free and they’ll have their normal 9- and 16-ounce drink packages available, as well as half-litre Karbachtoberfest glass and ceramic mugs.
King’s Oktoberfest 2017
- King’s Biergarten & Restaurant, 1329 E. Broadway, Pearland, October 6-8
- King’s BierHaus, 2044 E. T C Jester Blvd., Houston, October 20-22
King’s knows how to do Oktoberfest, and for two weekends you’ll get the most authentic experience next to being in Deutschland! Now with two locations, weekend one will take place in Pearland, with weekend two in the Heights. You’ll get to enjoy live German music, massive Oktoberfest tents, German beers and authentic Oktoberfest foods. They’ll have adult carnival games, arm wrestling, Bavarian strongman competition and a beer pong tournament. The King's locations offer a general admission one-day or three-day pass to either weekend and a six-day pass for both weekends and VIP tickets.
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest 2017
- Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave.
- October 6 and 7
Houston’s oldest brewery will also be partaking of the Oktoberfest celebration. The brewery will be open to the public (no tickets!) from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. both days, with festivities kicking off at 5 p.m. Compete for the crown of King or Queen of Oktoberfest with the best duds and dine on German food. The event is the debut of this year's Oktoberfest mug. For $15, guests get the 20-ounce commemorative mug and a 20-ounce beer.
- 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas Street
- October 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
8th Wonder will be open to the public with no cover or tickets necessary; there will be limited edition glasses, specialty casks and plenty of beer. The musical lineup includes Quaker City Night Hawks, The Midnight Stroll, Heapin Helpin, Texture: Yellow and DJ Gracie Chavez.