'Burg's big event kicks off Friday


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.”


Entertainment schedule


Adelsverein Halle

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

Kinder Halle

6 p.m. — Czechaholics

9 p.m. — Chris Rybak

Strassen Zelt

6 p.m. — Boerne Village Band

8 p.m. — Walburg Boys

10 p.m. — Seven Dutchmen


Shirley Johnson



Adelsverein Halle

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

Kinder Halle

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

Strassen Zelt

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


Herschel Moody



Adelsverein Halle

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

Kinder Halle

Noon — Jodie Mikula Orchestra

2 p.m. — The Oompahs

4 p.m. — Walburg Boys

Strassen Zelt

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


Herschel Moody

Mario’s Accordion in the Strassen Zelt Biergarten


And more…

• 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


More information:



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.