Following last night’s thunderstorms and rain throughout the day today, the Town of Addison has announced Addison Oktoberfest will continue as planned, opening at 6 p.m. tonight. The Town stated “weather will be monitored throughout the day,” but signs point to no severe weather and a continuation of the festival.
“Right now the forecast is calling for weather to improve prior to the 6 p.m. opening, so the vendors, entertainers, German food and beverage service areas and ‘Schloss Addison,’ the main entertainment and food tent, will be ready to celebrate the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration outside of the original in Munich,” said Barbara Kovacevich, Addison’s director of special events. “Of course, our primary concern is for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of our guests.”
Addison Oktoberfest opened yesterday, Sept. 19, with record crowds showing up to the free admission night and ceremonial keg tapping to kick off the four-day festival. The festivities were cut short as severe weather moved into the area and staff on site directed everyone in attendance to exit the Schloss Tent for precautionary and safety reasons. The staff did a great job directing the crowd out of the tent into the nearby Conference Center, parking garages and vehicles in order to keep everyone safe during the severe weather.
Attendees of the opening night ceremonies cooperated without incident. The event stayed open until the usual midnight time, but with storms and rain continuing, the crowd slowly dwindled as the night led on.
“We were pleased with how calmly event guests responded to the situation,” stated Kovacevich. “Our primary concern was the potential effect of high winds and our guests’ safety was certainly foremost in our minds. We will continue to monitor the situation as the day progresses, but we expect to have traditional Oktoberfest food and fun resume at 6 p.m. tonight.”
The largest amount of people found refuge in the Addison Conference Center, which has been dubbed the Daught Haus. Addison Oktoberfest continued here as attendees refilled their steins, ate German cuisine and watched the multiple TVs inside. Entertainment was also provided by impromptu by many of the Main Tent musicians that made their way to the Conference Center.
It was obvious last night that rain would not keep spirits down and the rain today will not either. The weather (which will have temperatures in the lower 80s) may even prove to be pleasant as North Texans get a break from the scorching weather of the past few months.
Addison Oktoberfest opens tonight, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. and continues until midnight. Price of admission is $10. The remaining days of the festival (Saturday, noon through midnight, and Sunday, Noon through 5 p.m.) will also go on as planned. Food tickets purchased will be redeemable throughout the entire event (including tickets purchased last night).
See our complete guide to all of Addison Oktoberfest to let you know everything to see and do.