Despite the name, Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated in September — and many local places that host similar German-themed parties have caught on and offer them throughout this month. Here’s a round-up of the Oktoberfest events in Austin that you don’t want to miss.
Oktoberfest at Easy Tiger
11 a.m. Sept. 17, 709 E. Sixth St.
The beer garden’s Oktoberfest celebrations have revolved around a special beer Easy Tiger staff has done in collaboration with Austin Beerworks: the Montecore, a märzen-style brew that is again debuting at the Oktoberfest party. This time, it’ll be in one of the new seasonal cans that Austin Beerworks announced last month.
In addition to Montecore, Easy Tiger’s event will also have several other Oktoberfest beers, including the Live Oak Oaktoberfest, Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest, the Spaten Oktoberfest and Avery the Kaiser. Expect German food specials to pair with these as well. The menu of the day’s offerings is on the Easy Tiger Facebook page.
4 p.m. Sept. 17, 1950 S. Interstate 35.
The Whip In will have all the elements of a proper Oktoberfest celebration: märzen-style brews from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery, Karbach Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing and more, as well as German food and games. The food specials include house-made German brats in pumpernickel rolls, curry wurst sausage and pretzels with Berliner Weisse beer cheese. And if you’re interested in those games, prepare your arm muscles: Whip In is hosting a mug-holding competition and a hammershlagen nail-pounding competition.
Oktoberfest at Black Star Co-op
5 p.m. Sept 21-22, Sept. 24 and Sept. 28, 7020 Easy Wind Dr.
Austin’s brewpub cooperative is hosting a total of four pint nights to highlight Oktoberfest this year.
- Sept 21: Southern Star Brewing’s German-style Festbier is getting tapped, as well as its Bavarian Hefeweizen, for this mid-week celebration.
- Sept. 22: Black Star is bringing in Save the World Brewing’s biere de garde as a rustic French alternative to Oktoberfest. Free glassware will be available.
- Sept. 24: Get a stein filled with beer from one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries: Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei. That’s going to be a treat.
- Sept. 28: Left Hand Brewing’s Oktoberfest is the focus this time, with more branded glassware free for the taking.
Oktoberfest at Infamous Brewing
6 p.m. Sept. 30, 4602 Weletka Dr.
Prepare for an Oktoberfest family-style dinner from Hudson Bend chefs who are collaborating with the Lake Travis-area Infamous Brewing, which will have a couple of its beers to choose from for a dessert of ice cream floats. The $50 dinner benefits Austin Habitat for Humanity’s the House That Beer Built project. Secure your seat on eventbrite.
And looking ahead, there are also a couple of Oktoberfest events in the actual month of October.
Flying Saucer’s Oktoberfest Beer Games Day
12 p.m. Oct. 1, 815 W. 47th St.
The beer bar is offering German beer and food specials throughout the day and throwing a little competition in for good measure: a stein hoist, keg race and dachshund races.
5 p.m. Oct. 14, 1621 W. Fifth St.
A weekend of beer and brats is in order. Mean Eyed Cat will have both seasonal and local favorites on tap, and Stubb’s BBQ will be serving up the carnivore-friendly menu. Festivities kick off Friday evening with a Sam Adams beer hoisting competition.
AustOberfest at Scholz Garten
5 p.m. Oct. 22, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
This year’s big Austin Oktoberfest bash doubles as Scholz Garten’s 150th anniversary celebration — no small feat. Enjoy this day of Central Texas German heritage appreciation with sausage, beers, bowling and live music, with food vendors including Freedmen’s, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Frank and more. (The drink purveyors haven’t been announced yet.) The $50 tickets get you special 150th anniversary glassware, drink tickets, unlimted sausage tastings and a hat pin.
Even though the event seems far off, don’t delay in getting tickets — this time, only 900 are being sold. To grab one, visit austoberfest.com.