Fall is one of the best times of year in the hilly state of Texas. Warm sun, nice breeze, and more people spending time outside. October is a great month in the mountains and what could be more fun to enjoy this wonderful time is the Oktoberfest. 

This year they are 30 years old. Visiting Oktoberfest is a great way to kick off fall and celebrate Texas' German heritage in a truly Bavarian way. You can also get information about Oktoberfest opening ceremonies via the web.


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Oktoberfest takes place on the first weekend of October, starting on Friday nights and running through Sunday afternoons. Celebrations include parades, music, various Texas artisans selling various goods, children's games, and of course, delicious German food and beer. 

From Friday night, Oktoberfest begins with a traditional parade around the market square, better known to locals. Join the parade to the opening ceremony and party with the TubaJam group. Get the family together on Saturdays for a day of fun and take part in the rooster dance around the square.

Aside from great food and beer, one of the highlights of Oktoberfest is the variety of artisans who come from all over Texas. Shoppers will find a wide variety of unique items including handmade jewelry, ceramics, art, stained glass, candles, wildflowers, wine, jams and jellies, and salsa.

There will be dance performances by Cadence Cloggers and Clickety Cloggers. Between shopping, music, dancing, food, and beer, Oktoberfest offers something for everyone.