Oktoberfest Southlake returns to Southlake Town Square Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7 for its 17th year of German festivities. The family-friendly event packs a passport-worthy weekend of authentic German food and drinks, live entertainment, wiener dog races and much more. Hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce and presented by Grubbs Infiniti and TD Ameritrade, the event offers free parking and free admission.
Fun for the whole family, guests can expect many favorite attractions from previous years, as well as exciting new additions. Here are five ways to get festive, German-style:
1. Move to the Music
The sound of Swiss Longhorns will kick off a weekend of live entertainment on three stages. In keeping with the theme, expect performances by The German Band of North Texas and Alpine Village Band, in addition to sounds from popular headliners Le Freak on Friday night and Time Machine on Saturday night.
2. Fill Up on Festival Flavors
Vendors surrounding Southlake Town Hall will offer delicious dining options—everything from authentic German cuisine to traditional festival food. Nomadic Noodle, a gourmet mac & cheese purveyor, will even dish up a German-inspired take on the cheesy classic. In addition to great food, be sure to check out the beer and wine selections in Die Festalle, the festival hall tent. Prost!
3. Dach-On-Over to the Dachshund Events
The fan-favorite wiener dog events will take place on Saturday morning, beginning with the Wiener Dog Costume Parade at 9:15 a.m., followed by the highly anticipated Wiener Dog Races at 10:00 a.m. Dachshund owners are encouraged to register their dogs online prior to the event. Come early to claim your viewing spot, because this doggone good time draws a crowd.
4. Authentic German Fun
Throughout the weekend, expect a German costume contest, a yodeling contest, a stein hoisting competition, and even a brat-toss contest for kids (involving tossing bratwurst, not children). Famous German fairy tale characters—including Snow White and Rapunzel—will even be seen strolling around the event and posing for pictures. Oktoberfest Southlake’s official mascot, Decker the Dog, will also be making rounds at the event. Don’t miss the Festival Parade around Town Square on Saturday following the wiener dog events.
5. Something for Everyone
The Family Fun Zone will offer attractions for kids of all ages, including various activities, a petting zoo and football-shaped mechanical bronco. Catch college and NFL football games on the jumbo screen in the Sports Zone. Shop till you drop while perusing the many arts and crafts booths selling everything from handmade jewelry to decorative art. New this year, Koke Gardens will showcase their Japanese “moss ball” gardens. Meet Texas royalty when Miss Teen Texas and Miss Texas make appearances at the festival on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Although parking at the event is free, additional parking and a shuttle service will be available at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church during the weekend. Shuttles will run continuously to and from Southlake Town Square. Granite Place is also offering its garage for festival parking use during the weekend.
For additional information, visit www.OktoberfestSouthlake.com.