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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest Across Texas

Hoist steins and sausages, from Addison to Austin.

Visit Addison
Visit Addison
Visit Addison

After a brutally hot summer, fall is finally in our view, and with it comes the promise of cooler temperatures, the reemergence of patio season and, crucially, a chance to hoist beer steins at Oktoberfest celebrations all across the state.

Texas takes Oktoberfest seriously, which is no surprise considering that millions of Texans have German roots thanks to a major migration wave in the 19th century. That’s given us an affinity for beer, kolaches, and sausages, plus a bevy of Oktoberfests to choose from each September. Below are eight of the best celebrations in Texas, including one with an actual Bavarian prince. The lederhosen is optional, but the good times are assured.

Addison Oktoberfest

September 15 – 18
Addison
Debuting in 1987, Addison Oktoberfest is one of the state’s biggest and most authentic celebrations, with 50,000 people expected to attend this year. Open-air tents and beer gardens are spread throughout the Addison Circle Park festival grounds, so you can hunker down at a communal table or go exploring. Either way, you’re always within reach of cold beers and food vendors hawking brats, sausages, strudel, and pretzels. Polka bands provide a soundtrack throughout the day, and when your competitive edge needs honing, you can watch the Dachshund Dash-which, yes, is a bunch of little dogs racing.

Fort Worth Oktoberfest

September 22 – 24
Fort Worth
This three-day celebration of German culture brings food, beer, and music to Trinity Park, complete with beer tents, a midway, and a vendor-lined marketplace. Tip back German beers and get your fill of bratwurst, schnitzel, potato pancakes, turkey legs, pork chops, and Jaeger fries. After all that, you might need some exercise, so test yourself with feats of athleticism, like stein hoisting (competitors hold full beer steins straight out in front of them), stein carrying, and beer barrel rolling. There’s also a 5K run, should you have any energy left in the tank. And if you’re a Dachshund, don’t worry, there’s a race for you, too.

ArtPark Trinity Groves
ArtPark Trinity Groves
ArtPark Trinity Groves

ArtPark Oktoberfest

September 23 – 24
Dallas
This massive West Dallas beer garden has green turf, graffitied walls, and container ship bars. On this particular weekend, they also have bratwursts and other German specialties, plus Shiner Oktoberfest beer in commemorative steins. Listen to music, hoist those steins, and dress the part to partake in the lederhosen contest.

McKinney Oktoberfest

September 23 – 25
McKinney
During Oktoberfest, Downtown McKinney transforms into a 14-block beer garden. Sample the beer lineup, which includes Munich-based Hofbrau Marzen and Dunkel, as well as local favourite, Tupps, who’s pouring a Hefeweizen and Oktoberfest. Snack on sausages, schnitzel, strudel, funnel cakes, and roasted almonds, then participate in a series of events, from keg tapping and stein holding to beard and moustache contests. You can also sign up for Meet the Brewmaster classes to learn all about beer making from the experts at Tupps.

kokosbavarian
kokosbavarian
kokosbavarian

Oktoberfest at Koko’s Bavarian

September 23 – 25 (and additional dates)
Austin
Want to meet the Prince of Bavaria? Head to Koko’s in Austin, where Konstantin Prinz von Bayern will kick off the festivities that his fifth great grandfather, King Ludwig, started in 1810 by tapping a keg on stage on Saturday the 24th. That photo will look great next to a tableful of sausages, schnitzel, and pretzels. Koko’s is keeping the party going, with Oktoberfest events taking place all month long, each featuring special house-brewed beers, live bands, games, food specials, and more. So, if you can’t make the opening festivities, you’ve got three more chances: September 30 – October 2, October 21 – 23, and October 28-30.

KTX Oktoberfest

September 24
Katy
Don your best dirndl or lederhosen and join the party in Katy-the Houston suburb is hosting a full day of food, drinks, and entertainment at the Typhoon Texas waterpark. Traditional German foods and beers are served side-by-side with barbecue and Texas brews, so you can mix and match throughout the day. There will be music, dancing, and contests like stein carrying and stein stacking, so you can practice your fine motor skills between drinks.

Oktoberfest September 30 - October 2 Fredericksburg Texas
Oktoberfest September 30 – October 2 Fredericksburg Texas
Oktoberfest September 30 – October 2 Fredericksburg Texas

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

September 30 – October 2
Fredericksburg
This year, Fredericksburg will host its 42nd Oktoberfest, so it’s safe to assume they know what they’re doing. Make your way through more than 60 food and beverage choices, from German beers, brats, sauerkraut, and pretzels, to wood-fired pizzas and barbecue sandwiches. Look up every once in a while, because across five entertainment stages, you’ll see a continual rotation of polka music, yodelling contests, and other diversions.

King’s Oktoberfest

October 14 – 16
Houston
Now in its 10th year, this Oktoberfest celebration is once again popping up in Houston’s Heights neighbourhood. You get three days to wander through massive tents and make friends at communal tables, listen to live German music, drink a dozen different German beers, and eat wursts, roasted turkey legs, and German chocolate cake.
Kevin Gray is a freelance writer and editor covering all things food, drinks, and travel. He’s written for The Dallas Morning News, Forbes, Liquor.com, Men’s Health, and Wine Enthusiast, and his extensive home bar is turning into a real Hoarders situation.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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