Saturday, March 2, 2024

Embrace the Spirit of Oktoberfest Southlake 2023: A Jovial Celebration in Southlake Town Square

Get ready to don your lederhosen and raise your beer steins, because Oktoberfest Southlake 2023, hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, is just around the corner! On the weekend of October 13 to 15, the beautiful Southlake Town Square will transform into a lively hub of German culture, music, food, and of course, plenty of frothy beverages. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of Oktoberfest and experience a weekend of unforgettable fun in the heart of Southlake, Texas.

One of the highlights of Oktoberfest Southlake is undoubtedly the mouthwatering German cuisine. Indulge in authentic German delicacies like bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel, sauerkraut, and more. Savor the rich flavors and experience the true taste of Bavaria right in Southlake Town Square. Prepare to be swept away by the lively sounds of traditional German music and entertainment.

Oktoberfest Southlake features talented live bands performing upbeat, waltzes, polkas and folk songs that will have you dancing along. Submerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and let the music lift your spirits! Raise a glass and toast to the spirit of Oktoberfest with a wide selection of beers in Festival Hall. Be sure and stop in to hear from the head brewer for the German-inspired Altstadt Craft beer Craig Rowen.

Oktoberfest Southlake is a celebration for the whole family. Engage your children in the fun with activities designed specifically for them. From face painting and carnival rides to bounce houses and petting zoo, there’s something to keep the little ones entertained throughout the weekend. Create lasting memories as a family in the joyous atmosphere of Oktoberfest Southlake!

Get ready to participate in exciting contests and competitions that add an extra dose of excitement to Oktoberfest Southlake. Test your strength in the stein-holding competition or showcase your skills in the Ultimate Smash Bros video game competition on Sunday. Two of the most popular contests are the Wiener Dog races and costume contest! Be sure to register your wiener dog online at OktoberfestSouthlake.com or in person by 8:30 AM Saturday morning. Cheer on the competitors or join in the fun and experience the thrill of friendly competition.

Explore the charming vendor booths that line Southlake Town Square during Oktoberfest Southlake. Discover a wide range of unique products, including German-themed merchandise, arts and crafts, unique jewelry, and more. Support local artisans and find special treasures to commemorate your Oktoberfest experience.

Oktoberfest Southlake 2023 in the picturesque Southlake Town Square promises a weekend filled with German charm, delectable cuisine, lively music, and fun festivities. Embrace the spirit of Oktoberfest, raise your steins, and join the community in celebrating German culture right here in Texas. Go to www.OktoberfestSouthlake.com for additional details.

New and Improved Visit Southlake Website

Are you new to Southlake or just wanting to see what all Southlake has to offer? Look no further than the new and improved Visit Southlake website. The website showcases Southlake, Texas as a destination to shop, dine, stay and explore! It highlights restaurants, shops, hotels, events and helpful information for visitors and meeting planners. Don’t wait, go see the site for yourself, go to VisitSouthlakeTexas.com.

Over the past few months, the City of Southlake has been working with website developer, MPISoft, to develop the new VisitSouthlakeTexas.com. The new website provides a cleaner, updated, and improved user interface with enhanced features.

In addition to the Visit Southlake website, the City is also launching new websites for both Southlake Stars and Stripes and Home for the Holidays–Christmastime in Southlake.

Stars and Stripes, Southlake’s Independence Day celebration, is the City’s largest annual event boasting nearly 35,000 attendees on July 3 each year. The Stars and Stripes website, SouthlakeStarsandStripes.com, features event sponsors, food and beverage vendors, parking and shuttle information, entertainment schedules, a list of activities for children and adults, and much more!

The Home for the Holidays–Christmastime in Southlake website, SouthlakeHomeForTheHolidays.com, features the holiday season in Southlake offering information about the City’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, Santa’s Village, carriage rides, holiday shopping and dining information, and more.

If you’re unable to see the new website right away, don’t worry. It may take viewers up to 48 hours for their web browsers to switch from the old platform to the new one. Questions about the website? Send an email to visitinfo@visitsouthlaketexas.com.

Two Southlake Teams Take Home the Title at Under Armour National Tournament

Three Southlake teams who competed in the City of Southlake’s spring flag football season traveled to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to compete against teams from California, Louisiana, Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina.

The Southlake teams clearly dominated the National Tournament hosted by UCLA from August 2-4. The K – 2nd-grade division was won by the Hawaii Warriors.

Hawaii Rainbows

“There is no question the level of competition in the Southlake, TX league is stronger than most other leagues around the country. Each week of the season there is an opportunity for any team to win against one another and it only makes the teams stronger as they move on at the national level. Knowing that a win is never guaranteed each week, develops players’ mental toughness to know that you won’t always win every game, but if they can win and lose with good sportsmanship and learn from those games to only make them stronger for the next opportunity,” says Shawn Mackey, the coach for Hawaii Warriors.

The 3rd – 4th-grade title match was played by two Southlake teams, The Texas A&M Aggies and the Hawaii Warriors. While it was a great match, the Texas A&M Aggies came out on top.

The opportunity to play at the national level was a real confidence boost for our kids. We honestly weren’t sure how we would do on that stage but considered ourselves blessed and honored to be invited. Under Armour did an amazing job organizing the tournament and UCLA is a pretty incredible venue to play at. Now that we’re back and it’s had a minute to sink in, our boys are fired up about the experience and anxious for the fall season to start!” said Ryan Smith, the coach for the A&M Aggies.

Under the Lights is a national youth flag football league for kids in 1st-8th grade, with the emphasis on promoting a competitive, confidence building, non-contact experience for both boys and girls of all skill levels.

“It has been a terrific partnership as we have seen the league grow from 200 kids to a consistent 400+ kids for both fall and spring,” says John Kaleo, owner, and COO of Under Armour Sports. He continues to speak to Southlake, the largest program in the league, saying, “We were very excited that we finally had some Southlake teams participate in our National Tournament because we knew that it was a competitive league. And with two teams winning the Nationals, we hope this paves the way for more Southlake teams participating in our tournament series.”

The 17th annual Stars & Stripes celebration was a blast!

A slightly cloudy Thursday was the perfect setting for Southlake’s 17th annual Stars & Stripes Independence Day celebration.

The event kicked off at 6:00 PM with the Southlake Community Band performing in Family Park and The Key West Band Band in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. Arts & crafts, games, inflatables, and concessions were enjoyed by all while stilt walkers, clowns, and unicyclers strolled around Town Square.

Jayden Goldberg singing the National Anthem.

At 8:00 PM Southlake’s Mayor Laura Hill kicked off the patriotic ceremony with the help of a flyover by a WWII A-26 Invader provided by the Invader Squadron. Following the flyover, 15-year-old Southlake resident and classically trained vocalist Jayden Goldberg performed the National Anthem. She was accompanied by the Southlake Honor Guard comprising of members from the City’s Fire & Police Departments, the Lonestar Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans and the leader of the Honor Guard, Southlake Police Sergeant Kevin Diehl.  The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Honor Guard then performed the rifle volley, a 21-gun salute to our veterans. The patriotic ceremony concluded with a bagpipe performance of Amazing Grace by Robert McCallion, of the Southlake Fire Department.

This year’s event brought out some amazing food vendors including returning favorites Fletcher Corny Dogs and Funnel Cakes, Kona Ice, Dippin Dots, Ssahm BBQ Tacos, and Feedstore BBQ. New flavors included Nothing Bundt Cakes, Epic Cones, HipPOPs, Jack’s Chow Hound, and Very Individual Pizza. Atendees couldn’t have asked for a tastier variety to celebrate the holiday.

The highlight of evening, was an unforgettable fireworks display; the twenty minute show was accompanied by an up-lifting patriotic soundtrack. It was an evening to remember as family and friends celebrated Independence Day with the City of Southlake.

 

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Want to be part of the tradition next year for the 18th annual Southlake Stars & Stripes event?  Please contact the Southlake Community Services Department at 817-748-8611.  A special thanks goes out to Verizon Wireless, the 2015 Stars & Stripes  Title sponsor. The City also thanks all of the other 2015 event sponsors including; All-Star Orthopaedics, Brain Balance, Brio, Children’s Health, The Goddard School, Park Place Mercedes Benz, Silverado, Sleep Number, SpringFree Trampoline, Sweet and Sassy, TasteBuds Kitchen, Texas Health, The Fresh Market, and Home Depot.

Never a dull moment at Stars & Stripes, a good time was had by all!

Never a dull moment at Stars & Stripes, a good time was had by all!