By: Ty Lake

We invite you to join us for a fun, family-friendly event offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and much more.

This year’s event begins on Friday, Sept. 27 and continues through Saturday, Sept. 28.


Photos courtesy of MCVB

The biggest addition you will notice this year is an expanded “beer garden” perimeter, and our event will essentially be located on a total of 14 blocks throughout downtown.

In five short years, McKinney Oktoberfest has become a family favorite community event for our citizens and visitors across the globe.

This event continues to draw crowds in excess of 30,000 to Historic Downtown during the two-day period.

The highlight of any Oktoberfest celebration is authentic German beer and food, and McKinney Oktoberfest boasts an array of traditional and non-traditional German cuisine. In addition to wine, German beer will be provided by McKinney’s own Franconia Brewery.

Oktoberfest isn’t just for those ages 21 and up. There is plenty for kids and families at this hometown event. Kinder activities include a petting zoo, face painting, Bier Barrel Races, Weenie Dog and want-to-be Weenie Dog races, Oktoberfest Arts & Crafts and the Main Street Magic & Fun Company’s German Train.

Admission to Oktoberfest is free to the public, and free parking is available throughout the historic downtown area.


Historic Downtown McKinney is home to 130 businesses and offers shopping, dining and entertainment options. Experiencing Oktoberfest is a great way to get out and discover Downtown McKinney.

For more information about Oktoberfest visit or call 972-547-2660.

About McKinney Oktoberfest ...

McKinney Online

McKinney meets Bavaria in Sept. 2013! Drawing on the colorful tradition that began in Munich, Germany in 1810, the McKinney Oktoberfest represents many things to many people. As we continue to mark a milestone in a long line of successful events showcasing the versatility of Historic Downtown McKinney, Oktoberfest 2013 kicks off on Friday, Sept. 27 and will run through Saturday, Sept. 28. We will celebrate our diversity with a cultural event that reflects the many contributions of German immigrants who settled in Texas.

Germans have a special word – Gemütlichkeit – suggesting a warm atmosphere of open and generous hospitality. That’s how we will welcome residents and friends of McKinney, as well as thousands of guests from our sister cities including many who have not yet come to know the great things offered by our dynamic community. As they wander our 165-year-old downtown streets enjoying the attractions during the fest, they will experience our diverse array of vibrant specialty shops and restaurants for them to experience on return visits throughout the year.

On behalf of McKinney Main Street, thank you for your support. We look forward to showcasing our wonderful Historic District by taking on a new dimension with Oktoberfest 2013.