Editor's Note: I attended the festival opening night and have to say, it is my favorite Oktoberfest celebration in North Texas! Check out the photos below.
Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for McKinney’s Oktoberfest 10 year celebration in Downtown McKinney Sept. 22, 23 and 24 presented by the City of McKinney and McKinney Main Street.
The original Oktoberfest in Munich celebrated local bier breweries and their traditional craft. In honor of their noble intentions, McKinney’s Oktoberfest features authentic German bier such as Hofbrau Original and McKinney’s own beers from Franconia and TUPPS breweries. Oktoberfest offers an excellent opportunity to try multiple German flavors and styles all at one event with a bier garden that covers 14 blocks.
Festival-goers can participate in the Oktoberfest march and view the brew tapping where the first keg of McKinney-brewed beer will be tapped by hammering the bronze spout into a 200-year-old keg. Authentic German music performances by bands such as Brave Combo, Alpine Village Band and The Royal Klobasneks will take place on two stages as part of opening day festivities on Friday. Each night, stop, quake and shake for Texas’ largest chicken dance during “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance) and celebrate with a drink.
Returning to Oktoberfest are the Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games sponsored by the Sheraton McKinney. The fun-filled competition area on East Louisiana Street features bier stein races on Friday, the Running of the Wieners on Saturday, and bier barrel rolling races on Sunday. Additional festivities include a stein holding contest, brat eating contest, giant bier pong, bier barrel races, live band performances and plenty of activities.
Oktoberfest isn’t just for those ages 21 and up. There are plenty of activities for kids and families, like carnival rides, petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall and weenie dog races. Some activities require a nominal fee.
Patrons can “skip the line” and purchase Oktoberfest concession tickets for food and beer prior to the festival. Beginning Sept. 12, concession tickets can be purchased at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., Sheraton McKinney, 1900 Gateway Blvd., Pat Lobb’s Toyota of McKinney, 3350 S. Central Expy., and Market Street, 6100 W. Eldorado Pkwy.
Oktoberfest admission and parking is free. Access a map of the free parking lots. A designated zone for drop-offs and pick-ups is located on the west side of Mitchell Park on Benge Street, between West Louisiana and West Virginia streets. Complimentary shuttle service is offered Friday and Saturday of the event. Festival goers can park off-site at First McKinney Baptist Church, 1615 W. Louisiana St., and enjoy round trip transportation. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes.
Oktoberfest is Friday, Sept. 22, 4 to 11pm, Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am to 11pm and Sunday, Sept. 24, noon to 5pm. For detailed information on Oktoberfest, contact 972-547-2660 or visit mckinneyoktoberfest.com.
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Event sponsors include the City of McKinney, McKinney Community Development Corporation, Hofbrau, The Dallas Morning News, Franconia, TUPPS Brewery, Market Street, The Dallas Observer, and Sheraton McKinney.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 168,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at www.mckinneytexas.org.