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McKinney celebrates its annual Oktoberfest Sept. 28-30 when the city will close off the square to create a 14-block beer garden. It’s a family-fun event with plenty of mouth-watering authentic German food and drink, and offering attractions for all ages set. Guests will get the sense of being right in the middle of Munich!
Where to Stay
Check out the following places to rest your head while in McKinney for Oktoberfest (or any time of the year):
What to Expect
Festival-goers will enjoy a menu filled with plenty of authentic German fare including brats, strudel, pretzels, and Bavarian beer from McKinney’s own Franconia Brewing, and an Oktoberfest brew (and more) from McKinney’s TUPPS Brewery. Other craft beer varieties and wine will be available as well.
Opening night festivities feature the traditional Oktoberfest march of flags followed by the ceremonial tapping of a 200-year-old keg of the locally-brewed Franconia. Festival officials then fill a limited number of large souvenir glass steins and hand them out to lucky festival-goers.
Authentic German music groups filling the square with music on opening night are favorites including Brave Combo, STV Almrausch, Alpine Music Band and The Royal Koblasneks, entertaining the crowd from two main stages.
On Saturday and Sunday, the celebration continues with a stein holding contest, live band performances, German dancing by Alpine Dancers and other groups, and plenty of other activities including Giant Beer Pong, brat eating contest and plenty of dancing groups. Families will find plenty of activities for kids including carnival rides, petting zoo, face painting, Bier barrel races and the always-popular and crowd-pleasing weenie dog (and “wanna be a weenie dog”) races.
McKinney Oktoberfest admission and parking are free. Those wishing to consume adult beverages will need to present an ID to buy tickets for beer.
For details, visit the festival website.