There's no need to travel outside Central Texas to celebrate Okotberfest. Plenty of Austin breweries and bars are hosting big events — and we've rounded up six of the best.
Oktoberfest at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
Rainey Street's beer garden has a three-day festival planned for beer-loving friends. Banger's will feature daily live music, authentic German food, games, and the best fall beer they can find. Brat-eating contests and keg rolls are just a few of the rowdy games the Banger's crew has planned for Oktoberfest. Keep your eye out for classic dishes like spaetzle and schnitzel in addition to sausages and pretzels.
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest
For a more authentic experience, the German-Texan Heritage Society's Oktoberfest at the German Free School of Austin is a must-attend. Sip on German beers, snack on artisan sausages and bites from Pfeifer's Bakery, and listen to live bands. No need to find a babysitter, because there will be a magician and face painter onsite for the kids. Tickets are $10; children 12 and under get in free. Present this coupon for a special $3-off deal.
Since the late 1800s, Scholz Garten has been a meeting ground for Austin's German population. Scholz is honoring its heritage with the annual Austoberfest, which features games, lots of beer, and German-style sausages from some of Central Texas' best meat purveyors. Tickets are $50 and include all-you-can eat sausage and sides, five beer tastings, a collectable glass, live entertainment, and bowling.
Live Oak Brewing Company's Annual Oaktoberfest
Live Oak continues the German fun with both Oaktoberfest and Smoaktoberfest beers on draft along with smoked meats, sausages, and German games. Tune in for live music from the Austin Polka Band, Katzenjammer Saengers, and Off the Grid Band throughout the day.
15th Annual North by Northwest Oktoberfest
If you're feeling philanthropic, check out North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Kids can jump around in the bounce house or join in a brat-eating contest, while the adults enjoy a special Oktoberfest beer brewed for the occasion. A $2 suggested donation will benefit four nonprofits: 1400 Miles, Oncology Massage Alliance, Austin Humane Society, and Central Texas Dachshund Rescue.
This annual New Braunfels festival lasts for 10 days, and there's a variety of entertainment available. Whether it's chowing down on brats, dancing along to the polka bands, or enjoying a Bavarian beer, there's something for everyone. Tickets are $7 per day.