D Magazine: Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Dallas


Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Dallas

Willkommen to one of the most festive times of the fall season. Oktoberfest dates back to the 19th century, initially celebrating the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Today, people recognize the holiday internationally, commemorating German culture and the commencement of fall.


Oktoberfest festivities are hosted all around the Dallas area, giving Dallasites a combination of good ol’ fashioned fun and some historic, German tradition. Here’s where to participate.

Fort Worth

When: September 27 to 29

The Fort Worth Oktoberfest festivities invite visitors to come with curiosity and leave with satisfaction. Located at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, the Fort Worth observance is packed with activities like a 20-mile run, 5k, fun run, beer barrel rolling race, live music, and clothing, food, and drink vendors. When visiting, check out the bier gartens and spaten for authentic German beer and bites. Some food items to look out for include sausage platters, German cheese boards, German potato pancakes, and strudel. Ticket prices vary for each day. While a 3-day pass is $15, Thursday tickets are $5, Friday tickets are $10, and Saturday tickets are $10. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, September 28, and 11 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, September 29. If you are looking for an abundance of fun, this is one spot you will not want to miss.


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