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Prost! 7 Oktoberfest Events Happening Right Here in Houston

Celebrate the famous German beer festival with drinks and dogs at one of these Houston events.

By Claire Anderson

King’s Oktoberfest, held at King’s BierHaus in the Heights, a weekend-long festival dedicated to celebrating Houston’s German and Eastern European cultural heritage.

With plenty of booze, live music, and family-friendly activities to go around, these Oktoberfest events spanning Houston, Conroe, Pearland, and Galveston will have you doing everything from pub-crawling down White Oak Drive to watching wiener dog races (if that’s your thing) to diving into German culture through polka dancing and authentic costumes. Find your cup of tea—no, wait—your stein of beer at one of these diverse Oktoberfest celebrations.

Karbachtoberfest

 
Friday, September 30–Sunday, October 9 | Karbach Biergarten | Free

Karbachtoberfest, one of the larger Oktoberfest events, is held at Karbach Biergarten and spans three entire weekends. You can catch live performances Friday nights from Houston-based musicians like The City and Hayes Carll, participate in Saturday afternoon stein-hoisting competitions, and to top it all off, you can attend the Wiener Dog Racing Championship on Sunday, October 9. 

Music to My Beers: Oktoberfest

 
Friday, September 30–Saturday, October 1 | Pearland Town Center | Free

Celebrate local food and drink from craft breweries and food trucks like BAKFISH Brewing Co. and Crunchy’s at this two-day event in Pearland. On Friday, an Oktoberfest cook-off and a sip and stroll through Old Pearland Farmer’s Market will get you ready for Saturday’s main event, Music to My Beers, where you’ll hear an eclectic mix of rock, country, and soul from Houston artists.

Montrose Oktoberfest 5K Pub Run / Walk 

 
Saturday, October 1 | 1–4:30 p.m. | The Phoenix on Westheimer | Free 

Craving a more active way to celebrate the festivities? Local nonprofit Friends of the Phoenix will be running a 5k pub run or walk—attendee’s choice—through four Montrose bars. Admission is free, but with a $10 donation you’ll be benefitting the nonprofit’s annual cycling event, Bike Around the Bay, which raises funds to help preserve Galveston Bay.

Oktoberfest at Southern Star Brewing Co.

 
Saturday, October 8 | Noon–10 p.m. | Southern Star Brewing Co. | Free

The Conroe taproom will hold a free Oktoberfest event with food from D’s Cookin’ and The Sauer Kraut food truck, with live music provided by The Homebrewed Brass Ensemble. And, of course, a traditional steinholding contest will also take place. 

King’s Oktoberfest

 
Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16 | King’s BierHaus–The Heights | $18+

Prepare to go all-out at this family-friendly, authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Held at King’s BierHaus in the Heights, this weekend-long festival is dedicated to celebrating Houston’s German and Eastern European cultural heritage through live German music, Bavarian beers and wursts (that’s sausage, in case you don’t know German yet), and even a costume contest that will end with a lucky pair being crowned as King and Queen of Oktoberfest.

Yuengling White-Oaktoberfest

 
Saturday, October 15 | 2 p.m. | White Oak Dr | Free

Christian’s Tailgate hosts an Oaktoberfest pub crawl down historic White Oak Drive that includes stops at beloved Heights haunts like Bobcat Teddy’s and Little Woodrow’s. The night will end at Christian’s Tailgate with what promises to be a truly epic grand prize package giveaway—but don’t worry if you don’t win it, because you’ll have plenty of chances to win other prizes throughout the day, in addition to (of course) all of the prize-winning beer you’ll be consuming on your crawl.

40th Annual Galveston Oktoberfest

 
Friday, October 21–Sunday, October 24 | First Lutheran Church of Galveston | Free

Take a weekend trip to Galveston and revel in one of the oldest and largest Oktoberfests nearby. Held outside the First Lutheran Church (which will be offering a Sunday service free for everyone) and in the historic streets of Galveston, enjoy polka dancing to live German music from Texan bands, kid-friendly crafts and activities inside the Lyceum, shopping, and plenty of local eats and drinks from a newly expanded German menu. 

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