Parade and More Featured For 30th Annual Oktoberfest

Get into the spirit of Oktoberfest with traditional German attire

There are many things that get better with age – wine, cheese and Taylor Swift’s music for example. For some, turning the big three-oh might be scary, but for the Town of Addison’s annual Oktoberfest, 30 has never looked so good. The 30th Anniversary Oktoberfest event is taking place September 14 through 17 at Addison Circle Park in Addison. This year’s festival is going to be better than ever before, and you don’t want to miss it!

Addison’s Oktoberfest is one of the largest, most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich, Germany. More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the event to polka dance, watch traditional Bavarian folk dances, eat German food like sausage, sauerkraut, strudel and giant pretzels, drink a special Oktoberfest Paulaner Bier, go on carnival rides and play midway games, and enjoy other exciting German-themed activities.

“This is the 30th year for Addison Oktoberfest, which has been named one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the world and has won several accolades by USA Today and other top publications,” said Mary Rosenbleeth, director of communications for the Town of Addison. “Our Oktoberfest celebration starts the same way and at the same time as the Munich one does, with the mayor of Addison tapping the official first keg at the event on Thursday. This year, there is a special parade led by a horse-drawn beer wagon – just like the one in Munich!”

The event takes place in Addison Circle Park, which has been completely transformed to look like the Wies’n, which is the park in Munich where Oktoberfest is held. Walk around outside to eat all the unique food you want, such as German donuts, smoked buffalo and Alaskan reindeer Bratwurst, German Reuben Crepes and so much more! Afterward, stop inside the main area, the 30,000 square foot, air-conditioned Schloss Addison tent. In here, you can dance on the dance floor underneath the main stage, rest at one of many long tables and eat at the Brau Haus, the VIP dining area hosted by Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House that features full service dining and an exclusive Bavarian menu.

German pastries

To celebrate 30 years of lederhosen, yodeling and beer, Oktoberfest is kicking off with a parade for the first time ever! It will begin at 7p.m. on September 14. The route starts south of “Blueprints” sculpture on Quorum Drive and ends at Addison Circle Drive. In addition to the horse-drawn Paulaner Bier Wagon that is delivering the first Oktoberfest keg, the parade will also feature a German car convoy German entertainers and a drum line from the University of Texas. A lucky few will also be able to win some swag, as a street team will be lined up along the parade route to pass out goodies.

Over the weekend, make sure to catch traditional German entertainers on multiple stages! The Munich Evergreens, for example, traveled all the way from Germany to perform here. And Alex Meixner is a Grammy Award-winning polka artist, who first gained international fame when he starred in the Hormel Pepperoni commercials.

The schedule of events is below:


  • 6 p.m. Off the Grid Band (Main Stage) and Napper Sisters (Bowl Stage)
  • 7 p.m. Alex Meixner (Main Stage) and Alpenmusikanten (Bowl Stage)
  • 8 p.m. Keg Tapping (Main Stage) and Das Ist Lustig (Bowl Stage)
  • 8:30 p.m. Alex Meixner (Main Stage)
  • 9 p.m. Auf Geht’s (Bowl Stage)
  • 10 p.m. Munich Evergreens (Main Stage) and Alpenmusikanten (Bowl Stage)


  • 6 p.m. Frohsinn Kapelle (Main Stage) and Bohemian Blitz (Bowl Stage)
  • 7 p.m. Alex Meixner (Main Stage) and Off the Grid Band (Bowl Stage)
  • 8 p.m. Keg Tapping (Main Stage) and German Spelling Bee (Bowl Stage)
  • 8:30 p.m. Walburg Boys (Main Stage) and Alpenmusikanten (Bowl Stage)
  • 9 p.m. German Idol (Bowl Stage)
  • 10 p.m. Alex Meixner (Main Stage) and Bohemian Blitz (Bowl Stage)
  • 11 p.m. Munich Evergreens (Main Stage) and Alpenmusikanten (Bowl Stage)


  • 12 p.m. Frohsinn Kappelle (Main Stage) and Alpine Dancers (Bowl Stage)
  • 1 p.m. Das Ist Lustig (Bowl Stage)
  • 1:30 p.m. Bohemian Blitz (Main Stage)
  • 2 p.m. Napper Sisters (Bowl Stage)
  • 2:30 p.m. Alpine Dancers (Main Stage)
  • 3 p.m. Bier Barrel Rolling (Bowl Stage)
  • 3:30 p.m. Munich Evergreens (Main Stage) and Das Ist Lustig (Bowl Stage)
  • 4:30 p.m. Walburg Boys (Main Stage) and Bier Barrel Rolling (Bowl Stage)
  • 5 p.m. Texanischer Schuhplattler Verein (Bowl Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m. Alpine Dancers (Main Stage) and Bier Barrel Bowling (Bowl Stage)
  • 6 p.m. Auf Geht’s (Bowl Stage)
  • 6:30 p.m. Texanischer Schuhplattler Verein (Main Stage)
  • 7 p.m. Alpine Village Band (Main Stage) and Bier Barrel Bowling (Bowl Stage)
  • 7:30 p.m. Auf Geht’s (Bowl Stage)
  • 8 p.m. Keg Tapping (Main Stage)
  • 8:30 p.m. Alpenmusikanten (Main Stage) and Texanischer Schuhplattler Verein (Bowl Stage)
  • 9 p.m. Bohemian Blitz (Bowl Stage)
  • 10 p.m. Walburg Boys (Main Stage) and Alpine Village Band (Bowl Stage)
  • 11 p.m. Munich Evergreens (Main Stage) and Auf Geht’s (Bowl Stage)


  • 12 p.m. Alpenmusikanten (Main Stage) and STV Almrausch (Bowl Stage)
  • 12:30 p.m. Napper Sisters (Bowl Stage)
  • 1 p.m. Dachshund Parade (Main Stage)
  • 1:30 p.m. STV Almrausch (Bowl Stage)
  • 2 p.m. Frohsinn Kapelle (Main Stage) and Dachshund Races (Bowl Stage)
  • 3 p.m. Alpine Dancers (Bowl Stage)
  • 3:30 p.m. Munich Evergreens (Main Stage)
  • 4 p.m. Alpenmusikanten (Bowl Stage)
  • 5 p.m. Walburg Boys (Main Stage) and Auf Geht’s (Bowl Stage)

Ready to party like Germany this weekend? Many ticket packages are available! Thursday and Sunday are free for everyone, children under 12 are free every day, and adults are $10. You can also book a hotel package that includes lodging, admission tickets, Tasty Bucks (food and drink coupons) and a commemorative stein, for a limited time. Tickets to Chamberlain’s Brau Haus are also available online for a limited time, which include a three course meal paired with Paulaner beer, a commemorative stein and a $25 Chamberlain’s promotional gift card.

“Everything about Addison Oktoberfest is designed to create a sense of authenticity, from the park grounds to the food to the entertainment,” added Rosenbleeth. “We’re even pouring the same beer you’ll find at the Munich celebration. Also, people are always surprised at the number of guests who attend, dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing including dirndls and lederhosen!”

Invite your friends and bring the whole family to Addison’s Oktoberfest. We’ll meet you there!

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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