By Bryan Carey
Fall presents a welcome relief from the hot summer temperatures so common in the Houston area. Along with the cooler days and nights comes the season of Oktoberfest, a special celebration of German culture and heritage. The Houston area is home to several such events, scheduled throughout the months of September and October. Here is your 2017 Guide to Oktoberfest Events in Houston:
The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park
105 Sabine St.
Houston, TX 77007
Date: Sept. 30, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Houston’s premiere celebration of all things German, Oktoberfest Houston is ready to rock Buffalo Bayou Park once more with a day of German food, music, games, and more. Guests are encouraged to wear their lederhosen, hoist a beer stein, and enjoy bratwurst and polka music in one of Houston’s most popular parks. Traditional German beers such as Paulaner and Hofbrau will be available as well as local beers and German food from area vendors. Oktoberfest Houston is the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebration and an event not to miss.
King’s Biergarten Restaurant
1329 E. Broadway St.
Pearland, TX 77581
Date: October 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.
This three- day Oktoberfest is held at King’s Biergarten Restaurant in Pearland and unlike most other Oktoberfests in the area, this one spans a three day period. Starting on Friday and ending on Sunday, King’s Oktoberfest features a massive Oktoberfest tent where guests convene as they sip on German brew and dance to the festive tunes. King’s Oktoberfest begins with a ceremonial keg tapping, just like the annual Oktoberfest held in Munich, Germany each year. For added convenience, this Oktoberfest event partners with area hotels each year, so you can enjoy the weekend of fun just steps away from your sleeping quarters.
No Label Oktoberfest
No Label Brewing
5351 1st St.
Katy, TX 77493
Date: October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
An annual event taking place in the west Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, No Label Oktoberfest is a homegrown event with live music, German food, and No Label beer. The large, dog friendly outdoor space at No Label Brewing is perfect for guests who love to have fun with their pets and there is enough room to eat, drink, dance, and be merry without worry. No Label Oktoberfest features games and other entertainment and, combined with German food and drink, will make you feel like you have been transported across the Atlantic to the German homeland.
12470 Milroy Lane
Conroe, TX 77304
Date: Sept 23, 2017 at 12 p.m.
For Oktoberfest fun a short distance outside the city of Houston, drive north from Houston to the city of Conroe and partake in the B-52 Oktoberfest. German influence is easily felt and tasted at B-52 Brewery and the German roots of this brewing operation make it ideal as an Oktoberfest host. The large, wooded area at B-52 Brewery is ideal for a large celebration and families will love the open space and fresh air. B-52 Brewery in Conroe hosts the earliest Oktoberfest on the Houston schedule and it makes a great way to kickoff the Oktoberfest celebration season.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
2415 Winnie St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Date: Oct. 27, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Easily the oldest Oktoberfest in the greater Houston area, Island Oktoberfest is back once more, for another German inspired weekend of food, drink, and entertainment. Sponsored by the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Galveston, Island Oktoberfest is a family affair and it is one of the few Oktoberfest events that features games and rides specifically designed for children. Held on the fourth weekend each year, Island Oktoberfest is a two- day affair that runs on both Friday and Saturday. It’s now in its 36th year and with its late October event date, Island Oktoberfest is a nice way to wrap up this most festive season.