As anticipation for cooler weather in Houston approaches, so does the month of October – a month popular for more than just Halloween. Celebrating the German tradition of Oktoberfest involves beer and sausage – two things Texans embrace as much as they do football. Which is why it should not come as some surprise that Houston is the home of a few great Oktoberfest gatherings.
Oktoberfest Street Festival 2010
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: free (for outside activities; indoor activities, including sketching in the galleries and storytime tours will require general gallery admission fee)
The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston will be kicking off the opening of their German Impressionists exhibition with an Oktoberfest celebration in front of the Beck building on their campus. Not only will the festivities include samplings of beer (and root beer), but also varieties of German wine and food. The museum will also host cultural dance performances as entertainment. Families are encouraged to take part. Click here for more details.
The Woodlands Oktoberfest 2010
September 24 (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
September 25 (12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
September 26 (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Admission: $10 for ages 10 and up (includes live music, food, drinks and kids’ activities coordinated by The Woodlands Children’s Museum)
One of the largest Oktoberfest gatherings in Texas takes place in The Woodlands. It is organized by the Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau and boasts sponsors such as Silver Eagle, KHOU Channel 11, Houston Chronicle, HEB, Memorial Hermann – The Woodlands, among many others. Proceeds from this event benefit The Woodlands Rotary Club Foundation which raises scholarship money for local families. Click here for more details.
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest 2010
October 1 and 2
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $40 (includes dinner, pretzel and commemorative mug)
This annual costume party is hosted by the Saint Arnold Brewery. Guests deck themselves out in their finest German attire for a chance to compete for the title of King or Queen of Oktoberfest. The usual sausage and sauerkraut will be served along with freshly baked pretzels…and of course, BEER! Click here for more details.
Southern Star’s Oktoberfest 2010
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Admission: $30 (includes live band entertainment, dinner, tokens for beer and a commemorative beer stein)
Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe, TX (just north of Houston) will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration for a limited group of people. The first 125 people to register will get access to several craft made beers including Pine Belt Pale, Bombshell Blonde and Buried Hatchet Stout…among several other specialty casks which will be made especially for this party. Guests will also feast on fabulous German food provided by The Outlaw Kookers and live music by classic rock band, Spliffer. Click here for more details.
The Ginger Man Oktoberfest 2010
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Since 1985, The Ginger Man pub has been serving beer and celebrating Oktoberfest in Houston. This quaint venue is situated in the Rice University area and features a lively patio and beer garden. In addition to the beer, celebrations will include live music and German food. Click here for more details.