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Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Dallas-Fort Worth

If you can’t make it to Munich for the return of Oktoberfest but still want to celebrate, you won’t have any trouble raising a stein at a German-inspired folk festival right here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Expect beer, traditional German food, live oompah music, chicken dancing, polkas and plenty of fun activities.

This event features authentic German bier, live music, dancing, games, carnival rides, shopping and multiple biergartens. The Tapping of Zie Kegs opening ceremony on Sept. 22 will start the fest with a bang — local leaders will tap the first kegs of Spaten Halle by hammering a bronze spout into them with a wooden mallet. Traditional dishes for sale include schnitzel, sausage, potato pancakes, Bavarian soft pretzels, strudel, roasted nuts and more. Fair food favorites are also available on the midway. Take part in the Run und Ride, featuring a 20-mile bike ride and 5K race. Other competitions include the bier barrel-rolling race, the Dachshund Dash and stein carrying and hoisting. In the Oktoberfest Olympics, nonprofit community groups compete for gold.

Sept. 22-23 from 5 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to midnight at Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth. $10-$15 per day; $20 for a three-day pass; kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. Purchase tickets online by Sept. 21 to receive a free commemorative stein. fortworthoktoberfest.com.

FREE McKinney’s historic downtown area is transformed into a 14-block biergarten for this three-day Oktoberfest. The fun includes polka bands and live entertainers on multiple stages, beer and wine, authentic food like brats and schnitzel, shopping at the Marktplatz, a brat-eating competition and wiener dog racing. The annual keg tapping will take place on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Prost Stage. Admission to the festival is free, but concessions and some activities require coupons that can be purchased online.

Sept. 23 from 5 to 11 p.m., Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at 111 N. Tennessee St. in historic downtown McKinney. Free admission. mckinneytexas.org/664/oktoberfest.

FREE Pegasus City Brewery hosts a three-day event featuring live music, food trucks, artisan vendors, stein hoisting contests, and specialty beers. The party is dog-friendly all weekend with Puptober events on Sept. 25 starting at 3 p.m.

Sept. 23-25 at Pegasus City Brewery, 1508 Commerce St., Dallas.

FREE The fourth annual party at the food hall in Plano will feature live music by the Dogensteins, Stein Olympics and Texas-style polka dance lessons. Brats and pretzels and German beer will be available for purchase.

Sept. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. Free admission includes first-come, first-served seating in the Box Garden; paid admission with reserved seating is also available. legacyfoodhall.com

Go Oak Cliff’s beer-themed fall event kicks off with a 1.128-mile fun run around Tyler Station with beer samples for race participants. The post-race party features food, polka music and local beer in an Oktoberfest-style tent. Festival tickets include a 12-ounce beer stein and two drink tokens.

Sept. 25 from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tyler Station, 1300 S. Polk St., Dallas. $25 event admission; $25 race registration. facebook.com/GoOakCliff/events.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands’ family-friendly fall event, held just north of White Rock Lake, features live music, a free kids zone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a cornhole tournament and a keg tapping at 6 p.m. The Lake Highlands High School Highlandettes, cheer squad, Wranglers and Folklorico dance teams kick off the event. A variety of tasty foods, beer and soft drinks will be available to purchase from area businesses including Dog Haus, Cedar and Vine, Sugarfire Smoke House, Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice, Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream, and Oak Highlands Brewery.

Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Flag Pole Hill Park, 8105 Doran Circle, Dallas. $20 before 4 p.m., $25 after 4 p.m.; kids 4-17 get in for $10 all day; kids 3 and younger get in free. lhofest.net.

The festivities kick off with a traditional keg tapping ceremony — early arrivals to the festival will get a free beer until the keg is tapped out. Two stages will host live musical performances each day. Competitions include the Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest couple’s costume contest, bier stein hoisting and races, brat eating and keg rolling. The Dachshund Dash takes off at 1 p.m. Traditional German and American foods and Oktoberfest beers will be available for purchase.

Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Frisco Square, Dallas North Tollway and Main Street, Frisco. $20, includes a sheet of 20 tickets redeemable for food and drinks. friscooktoberfest.com.

FREE A community party on the Texas Lottery Plaza features lively music, a biergarten, brats, strudel, pretzels and other German treats, and a Marktplatz for browsing. Register for an early morning 5K run by Irving Marathon that winds through Las Colinas, with a keg tapping ceremony afterward. Sign up on-site for Oktoberfest games including a bier slam and stein carrying competition. Bring your pup and join in the pub crawl from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visiting five Toyota Music Factory restaurants with pet-friendly patios.

Oct. 1 starting at 8 a.m. at Toyota Music Factory, 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. Free admission; $20-$74.99 registration for the 5K. irvingoktoberfest.com.

This all-day fest in the heart of a small town opens with a keg-tapping ceremony and a toast. There’ll be a stein-holding contest and a beer pong tournament in the biergarten, German food, imported and locally brewed craft beer, indoor and outdoor shopping, a costume contest, the Dachshund Derby and live music. Children can check out the kids zone and participate in pumpkin and cookie kit decorating sessions throughout the day. Want to skip the $5 admission fee? Festivalgoers wearing a traditional German lederhosen or dirndl costume will get in for free.

Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the downtown square, 142 N. Ohio St., Celina. $5; free admission for kids 12 and younger. Free parking and shuttles will be available at Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy Celina and Celina High School. celinaoktoberfest.com.

Muenster, a North Texas town with strong German roots, is hosting its 10th Oktoberfest celebration. There’ll be live polka music, German beer, stein hoisting and other contests, a kids zone and pumpkin patch, arts and crafts vendors, a Wurst 5K, dachshund racing, and fireworks. German foods like strudels, sausages, cheeses, breads and more will be served up by Muenster restaurants, meat markets and bakeries. Visitors who dress in an authentic German costume can attend the festival for free.

Oct. 7 from 4 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to midnight, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Heritage Park, 301 N. Ash St., Muenster (about 84 miles north of Dallas). $5; free admission for kids 12 and younger, $5 to park. muensterchamber.com/oktoberfest.

FREE The festival in Town Square features German food and beer, vendors and live music. There will be a fun-filled activity area for the kids and a sports zone. A wiener dog parade and race is set for Oct. 15, and a Super Smash Bros. video game competition takes place on Oct. 16; both of these events require a registration fee to participate.

Oct. 14 from 4 to 11 p.m., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Oct. 16 from noon to 8 p.m. at Southlake Town Square, 285 Grand Ave., Southlake. Free admission. Free parking and a shuttle will be available from White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake. southlakechamber.org/Oktoberfest.

FREE Dogs and their owners can enjoy this annual festival hosted by the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department as part of the Huffhines Art Trails arts festival (set for Oct. 15-16). Spend a day in the park with your pup and friends. Sip craft beer, purchase snacks and listen to live music. Your pup can enter a German costume contest. Shop crafts, pottery, art, jewelry and dog-related items from local artisans and vendors.

Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Huffhines Park, 300 N. Plano Road, Richardson. Free. cor.net/departments/parks-recreation/community-events/pawtoberfest.

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