Oktoberfest expected to bring 22,000

It will be three days of singing and music, food and drink, dancing, special events and more when Oktoberfest takes place on Marktplatz Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6.

Hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $8 per person, $1 for children 7-12 years of age and free for children six and under.

Two-day passes are $14 per person and three-day passes are $18 per person.

Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German festival, is expected to attract 1,400 volunteers and 22,000 visitors in its 39th year, according to Debbie Farquhar Reeh, Oktoberfest event producer.

“I’m looking forward to all the camaraderie shared by folks coming from all around the United States and beyond, the excitement and the gemütlichkeit,” Reeh said. “It’s an amazing family festival.”

She added, “We could not do this without the support from all the volunteers, Oktoberfest committee and set-up crews.”



Among a wide array of activities are:

•  5:45 p.m. Friday — OkTUBAfest.

•  6 p.m. Friday — Meet the Shiner (Spoetzl Brewery) brew master.

•  7 p.m. Friday — Leinenkugel Zelt, Welcome To The Leinie Side.

•  8:45 p.m. Friday — (new) Waltz Contest.

•  8 a.m. Saturday — Rotary Kraut Run.

•  9 a.m. Saturday — Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance.

•  1 p.m. Saturday — Samuel Adams Stein Hoist.

•  5 p.m. Saturday — Hi-Striker Competition in the kids’ area.

•  12 noon Sunday — Strassen Zelt 42 Tournament.

•  2:30   p.m. Sunday — (new) Family Lederhosen and Drindl Contest.

•  Saturday and Sunday in Strassen Zelt German beer area — Mario’s Accordion.


All Weekend….

•  Bratwurst.

•  Ringing the bell at The High Striker (plus a junior size striker and kiddie striker for kids).

•  Chicken Dance.

•  KinderPark games for children.

•  Eating potato pancakes, brat and funnel cakes.

•  Oompah music on four stages all weekend long.

•  Wide variety of domestic, Texas and German beer.

•  Oktoberfest Shuttle Service on Friday and Saturday — (departs from the Gillespie County Fair Grounds to Marktplatz).




Four covered stages host a continuous parade of entertainers.

The focus is the German favorites of oompah, polka and waltzing, with a Lederhosen and Stein Hoist contest, and plenty of opportunities for dancing, including the Chicken Dance.


Entertainment schedule



Main Street Musik Tent

6 p.m. — Sax Appeal

8 p.m. — The Tubameisters

Kinder Halle

6 p.m. — Off The Grid

9 p.m. — Chris Rybak

Strassen Zelt

6 p.m. — Boerne Village Band

8 p.m. — Seven Dutchmen

10 p.m. — Walburg Boys

Adelsverein Halle

6 p.m. — Czechaholics

8 p.m. — Czech & Then Some

9:30 p.m. — Red Ravens

Strassen Zelt Biergarten

6 p.m. — The Oma


Shirley Johnson



Main Street Musik Tent

10 a.m. — Czech Melody Masters

12:30 p.m. — The Oompahs

3 p.m. — Off The Grid

5:30 p.m. — Czech & Then Some

8 p.m. — The TubaMeisters

Kinder Halle

10 a.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra

Noon — Hermann Sons Mixed Choir

12:30 p.m. — Schuhplattlers

3 p.m. — Jodie Mikula Orchestra

5:30 p.m. — Czechaholics

8 p.m. — Jodie Mikula Orchestra

10 p.m. — Czech & Then Some

Strassen Zelt

10:30 a.m. — Red Ravens

12:30 p.m. — Yodel Blitz

3 p.m. — Round Top Brass Band

6 p.m. — Yodel Blitz

7:30 p.m. — Schuhplattlers

9:30 p.m. — Chris Rybak

Adelsverein Halle

10 a.m. — Arion Männerchor

10:45 a.m. — Comal Community Band

12:45 p.m. — The TubaMeisters

2:30 p.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra

4:45 p.m. — Chris Rybak

7 p.m. —Walburg Boys

9:30 p.m. — Seven Dutchmen

Strassen Zelt Biergarten

Noon — Mario’s Accordion


Herschel Moody



Main Street Musik Tent

11 a.m. — Isaak Klaus

12:30 p.m. — The Oompahs

2:30 p.m. — Sax Appeal

4 p.m. — Chris Rybak

Kinder Halle

Noon — Jodie Mikula Orchestra

2 p.m. — Swingin’ Dutchmen

4 p.m. — Walburg Boys

Strassen Zelt

11 a.m. — Fredericksburg Akkordion Klub

Noon — Round Top Brass Band

1:30 p.m. — Schuhplattlers

3 p.m. — Yodel Blitz

4:30 p.m. — The Oompahs

Adelsverein Halle

Noon — Chris Rybak

2 p.m. — The TubaMeisters

4 p.m. — Polkamatics

Strassen Zelt Biergarten

11 a.m. — Fredericksburg Filharmonic

1:30 p.m. — Mario’s Accordion


Herschel Moody


And more…

• Shopping: Over 40 juried artisans from across the state will fill two big tents, offering their best arts and collectibles.

• Art: In another tent, a select group of local Hill Country artists will be selling their fine art to the public.

• Food: Oktoberfest will also feature a menu of German and American foods.

Over a dozen vendors will be serving up a variety of sausage on a stick and plates with kraut, potato pancakes and more.

• Drinks: Over 50 varieties of German, American, Texan and other imported beers will be featured.

• Children’s area: A variety of activities are planned for children, including the bungee jump and slide, the hi-strikers and games.

There will also be a stilt-walker, magician and face painter.



The Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) began and orchestrates the Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, and proceeds are used to fund youth arts and music scholarships, as well as community arts and music programs.

Oktoberfest started in Fredericksburg with the specific intent to support the arts and music, and it is the only fundraiser PCAA has each year.

Its success has enabled many young people to go to college and study music or the arts, according to Reeh.

The Oktoberfest proceeds also fund many local arts organizations.

Reeh has worked with volunteers to produce the charitable event since 1992.

“Oktoberfest makes it possible for us to have 16 local students studying the arts this year. We provide scholarships to help pay for their education,” she said. “It also enables us to support local arts programs.”

Reeh said the event is also notable for how it comes together.

“With over 1,400 volunteers, we’re able to greet our visitors and provide an experience that is remarkable. Local residents blend with guests to create a welcoming and lively event for everyone.”

For more information, visit oktoberfestinfbg.com or call 830-997-4810.


Fredericksburg Standard

P.O. Box 1639
Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4228