38th annual event could draw 25,000 for Gemütlichkeit, singing, dancing
Three days of singing and music, food and drink, dancing, special events and more will highlight the 38th annual Oktoberfest celebration Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7.
Sponsored by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA), the family-oriented German event will again take place on Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg.
“I’m looking forward to all the camaraderie shared by all, the excitement and the gemütlichkeit,” said Debbie Farquhar, event producer. “It’s an amazing family festival.”
Four covered stages will 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.”
6 p.m. — Off the Grid
8 p.m. — Czech & Then Some
9:30 p.m. — Off the Grid
Main Street Musik Tent
6 p.m. — Oma and The Oompahs
9 p.m. — Tubameisters
6 p.m. — Czechaholics
9 p.m. — Chris Rybak
6 p.m. — Boerne Village Band
8 p.m. — Walburg Boys
10 p.m. — Seven Dutchmen
10 a.m. — Arion Mannerchor
10:45 a.m. — Comal Community Band
12:45 p.m. — Schuhplattlers
2:30 p.m. — Walburg Boys
4:45 p.m. — Chris Rybak
7 p.m. —Walburg Boys
9:30 p.m. — Seven Dutchmen
Main Street Musik Tent
10 a.m. — Czech Melody Masters
12:30 p.m. — Oma and the Oompahs
3 p.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra
5:30 p.m. — ReedMeisters
8 p.m. — TubaMeisters
10 a.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra
Noon — Hermann Sons Mixed Choir
12:30 p.m. — Czech & Then Some
3 p.m. — Jodie Mikula Orchestra
5:30 p.m. — Czechaholics
8 p.m. — Jodie Mikula Orchestra
10 p.m. — Czech & Then Some
10:30 a.m. — TubaMeisters
12:30 p.m. — Yodel Blitz
3 p.m. — Austin Polka Band
6 p.m. — Yodel Blitz
7:30 p.m. — Schuhplattlers
9:30 p.m. — Chris Rybak
Noon — Chris Rybak
2 p.m. — TubaMeisters
4 p.m. — Polkamatics
Main Street Musik Tent
11 a.m. — Boerne Village Ensemble
12:30 p.m. — Sax Fanatics
2 p.m. — Swingin’ Dutchmen
4 p.m. — Fredericksburg Filharmonic
Noon — Jodie Mikula Orchestra
2 p.m. — The Oompahs
4 p.m. — Walburg Boys
11 a.m. — Fredericksburg Akkordion Klub
Noon — Austin Polka Band
1:30 p.m. — Schuhplattlers
3 p.m. — Beer & Hymns (Exit 505)
4:30 p.m. — Yodel Blitz
Mario’s Accordion in the Strassen Zelt Biergarten
• Shopping: Over 40 juried artisans from across the state will fill two tents with their best arts and collectibles.
• Art: A select group of Hill Country artists will be selling their art to the public.
• Food: An array of German and American food will be offered by over a dozen vendors.
• Drinks: Over 50 varieties of German, American, Texan and other imported beers will be offered.
• Children’s area: Youngsters can bungee jump, slide or try their hand at three hi-strikers. There will also be other games and activities, including a stilt-walker, magician and face painter.
The Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance began and orchestrates 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, Farquhar explained.
Its success, she said, has enabled many young people to go to college and study music or the arts.
The Oktoberfest proceeds also fund many local arts organizations.
Farquhar has worked with volunteers to produce the charitable event since 1992.
“Oktoberfest makes it possible for us to have 14 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.”
Farquhar 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.
Friday — 6 p.m. to midnight
Saturday — 10 a.m. to midnight
Sunday — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$8 for adults
$1 for children 7-12
Free for children 6 and under
Two-day passes — $14
Three-day passes — $18
Park and ride:
Parking will be available at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
Hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday.
The cost is $5 per person/day for adults and free for children eight and under.
Park and ride tickets are available for advance purchase on the Oktoberfest website until Thursday.