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Drink This: Prost, y'all, to Addison Oktoberfest


If you’re looking for the most authentic Oktoberfest outside of Munich, checking out the Addison Oktoberfest is a definite must. Held from September 20-23 at Addison Circle Park, this celebration has been an Addison staple for more than three decades, coinciding with the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich.

Photo: Visit Addison/Facebook

Photo: Visit Addison/Facebook

Addison Oktoberfest provides four days of family-oriented fun, along with the tastiest of German fare. Guests can expect this event to be rain or shine, with music, festivities, and the best Deutsch beers, of course.

Some Bavarian history to entertain your friends with: Originally taking place on October 12th, 1810, Oktoberfest was a celebration of the royal wedding between Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxon-Hildeburghausen. The people of Munich made this event the biggest Volksfest (people’s fair) of its time, which it still remains to this day. Eventually, the festival was moved to the longer and warmer days of late September, which is when it’s still celebrated today.

The Addison Oktoberfest will have more than a dozen food vendors present serving some of the most loved German favorites such as bratwurst, pretzels, crepes, and decadent desserts along with a hefty selection of German beer.

Photo: Visit Addison/Facebook

Photo: Visit Addison/Facebook

Choose from a variety of styles from Paulaner, a traditional Munich brewery that follows the Reinheitsgebot, or Germany Beer Purity Law, which is a requisite of becoming an Oktoberfest beer. There will be the Wiesn, Oktoberfest Marzen, Hefe-Weizen and Salvator Doppelbock all on tap to quench your thirst.

Want to remember all the beers you vanquish? Pick up a commemorative half-liter stein to take home with you. Honestly, it’s a far better vessel than a plastic cup.

Entertainment at Oktoberfest will be plenty. Look forward to different types of music including German-oriented rock bands, rides for both adults and the little ones in attendance, barrel bowling, an official keg tapping and even dachshund races.

Single admission starts at $10, but if you’re looking to save some cash, admission is free to all on Thursday, September 20, 6 PM to 11 PM, and Sunday, September 23, Noon to 6 PM. Come dressed in your best lederhosen and ready to celebrate with Addison’s most dedicated Oktoberfest goers.