Step into your lederhosen and refresh your schuhplattler dance moves for McKinney’s 10-year Oktoberfest celebration in Downtown McKinney Sept. 22, 23 and 24 presented by the City of McKinney and McKinney Main Street. This three-day event is a family favorite, offering authentic German food and drinks, entertainment, children’s activities and fun. Patrons will feel like they are right in the middle of Munich and enjoy authentic German fare like bier, brats, strudel, pretzels and live music.
The original Oktoberfest in Munich celebrated local bier breweries and their traditional craft. In honor of their noble intentions, McKinney’s Oktoberfest features authentic German bier such as Hofbrau and McKinney’s own beers from Franconia and TUPPS breweries. Oktoberfest offers an excellent opportunity to try multiple German flavors and styles all at one event with a bier garden that covers 14 blocks.
Festival-goers can kick off the weekend by participating in the Oktoberfest march and view the brew tapping where the first keg of McKinney-brewed beer will be tapped by hammering the bronze spout into a 200-year-old keg. Authentic German music performances by bands such as Brave Combo, Alpine Village Band and STV Almrausch will take place on two stages as part of opening day festivities on Friday. Each night, stop, quake and shake for Texas’ largest chicken dance during “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance) and celebrate with a drink.
This year, Meet the Brewmaster is free. Local Brewmasters from Franconia Brewery and TUPPS Brewery will take turns teaching attendees some of the ins and outs of making the perfect brew. Each session has 30 spots available and participants must be 21 to attend, register today to reserve your seat!
The Gemuetlichkeit (Goodwill) Games return for more fun-filled competition. Located on East Louisiana Street the games feature bier stein races on Friday, the Weenie dog and wannabe races on Saturday, and bier barrel rolling races on Sunday. Additional festivities include a stein holding contest, brat eating contest, giant bier pong, live band performances and plenty of activities.
Oktoberfest isn’t just for those ages 21 and up. There are plenty of activities for kids and families, like carnival rides, petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall and bounce houses. Some activities require a nominal fee.
On Saturday, Oktoberfest will partner with McKinney’s Crape Myrtle Run. Registration is open for 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run options. The race begins at 7 a.m. at McKinney Boyd High School, 600 Lake Forest Dr. Runner bibs will be redeemable for food/beverage tickets at Oktoberfest on Sept. 23. Visit the Crape Myrtle Run website to register and reserve a free run T-shirt.
Patrons can “skip the line” and purchase Oktoberfest concession tickets for food and beer prior to the festival. Beginning Sept. 11, concession tickets can be purchased at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., and Market Street, 6100 W. Eldorado Pkwy.
Oktoberfest admission and parking is free. Access a map of the free parking lots. A designated zone for drop-offs and pick-ups is located on the west side of Mitchell Park on Benge Street, between West Louisiana and West Virginia streets. Complimentary shuttle service is offered during all three days of the event. Festival goers can park off-site at First McKinney Baptist Church, 1615 W. Louisiana St., and enjoy round trip transportation. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes.
Oktoberfest is Friday, Sept. 22, 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 24, noon to 5 p.m. For detailed information on Oktoberfest, contact 972-547-2660 or visit mckinneyoktoberfest.com. Event sponsors include the City of McKinney, Hofbrau, McKinney Community Development Corporation, The Dallas Morning News, Franconia, TUPPS Brewery, Market Street, The Dallas Observer, Sheraton McKinney and Manufacturing Excellence.