Weekend Lineup
OFest Cornucopia!

Oompah at its best at the 39th Annual Oktoberfest! Celebrate Fredericksburg's German heritage with food and drink, dance contests, music on four stages all weekend, artisans, Kinderpark, souvenirs and more! Fun for the whole family! OkTUBAfest and Waltz Contest on Friday; Kraut Run, Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance, Histriker Competitions, Samuel Adams Beer Stein Hoist on Saturday; 42 domino tournament and family Dirndl and Lederhosen Contest on Sunday. And check out the music lineup. Wundebar!

Oktoberfest at King's Biergarten. Enjoy Live Music with Enzian Buam and Yelba Latin Fire, Massive Oktoberfest Tents, Exclusive German Biers, Authentic Oktoberfest Food, Bavarian Strongman Competition, Exclusive VIP Packages, and Much More.  Plus, Kings is giving away a trip for two to Oktoberfest 2020 in Munich, Germany! ANOTHER lucky winner will Win a Brand New  2020 Harley Davidson - Iron 883. Drawings will be held at 7 pm Sunday.

San Antonio
Have a stein of beer and enjoy some German sausage while you sing and dance to your favorite polka on the  Riverwalk in San Antonio . The color, music, spectacle, festivities and of course THE BEER from the world's largest Oktoberfest in Munich, can be sampled right in San Antonio, at the Riverwalk Bier Garten every day of the year, but special emphasis is placed on the German tradition during Oktoberfest this weekend. Enjoy music by Austin Polka Band, Off the Grid, Boerne Village Polka Band, and more.

Brush up on your German phrases, dust off your lederhosen, and attend the best Oktoberfest celebration around! This must-see, German-inspired festival attracts over 100,000 people to the beautiful Southlake Town Square the first full weekend of October with free live music, the wildly popular wiener dog race, family fun zone and a great selection of German and American food and beer. Admission is FREE! Great music lineup!

OktoberFest! with Brave Combo is Saturday at the Houston County Airport. Brave Combo is back by popular demand! Brave Combo has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, merengue, rock, cumbia, zydeco, classical, and of course, POLKA! There will be food, drink, dance and guaranteed fun for all.

La Grange
Set for Sat., Oct. 5 on the historic Fayette County Courthouse Square, Oktoberfest features 100 varieties of craft beer, authentic German cuisine, and live music with Dujka Brothers and Los Kolaches, along with a mini wine trail around the Square. The general admission ticket includes 12 samples of either beer or wine, live music, and a commemorative beer mug or wine glass. Only 500 tickets are available for this year's event. Oktoberfest is aimed at the whole family, with children's activities sponsored by Camp Lone Star. 

The Muenster Chamber of Commerce invites you to spend the weekend in its fair city during Oktoberfest, Oct. 5 & 6, where you'll experience Texas hospitality with a German flair. Enjoy German and Texan bier and food. Participate in one or all of the fun contests - bier stein holding, best dirndl and lederhosen! Heritage Park will be filled with kids' activities, arts and crafts vendors, and great entertainment, including the Ennis Czech Boys and Czech Harvesters. And you don't want to miss the Wiener Dog Race on Sunday! 

The Kilgore Oktoberfest is back again for its fourth year and it's going to be the biggest one yet! Join in all the FREE fun on Sat., Oct, 5 from 1-9 pm in Historic Downtown Kilgore. Revel in the atmosphere in the giant bier tent that will provide plenty of entertainment while you sit and enjoy the German-style food and a cold stein of bier. 

More fests: Come & Take It, Gonzales...Oktoberfest at Walburg German Restaurant...Prairie Days, El Campo...SPJST Car Show in Seaton

Church picnic alert!
FridaySUGAR LAND: Oktoberfest with Texas Legacy Czech Band @ Fishers of Men, 7-9P
SaturdayGEORGETOWN: Mike Middleton/The Middletones @ St. John's Methodist Fall Festival, 11A
BASTROP: Ascension Church Festival - Sean Orr, 12P
FRENSTAT: Holy Rosary Picnic - Mark Halata/Texavia, 10A-1P
HOSTYN: Holy Rosary Fall Picnic - Texas Sound Check, 11A-3P; Dujka Brothers, 3:30-7:30P
HOUSTON: St Matthew Fall Festival - Waltrip Jazz Band, 11A; Combinacion Nortena, 2P; Sol de Mexico, 3:30P; Tony & the Silverbacks, 4:10P; Los Cadetes de Linares de Chuy Briseno, 6:10P

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Mullins Prairie Store Saturday: Anthony Moreno
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Looking ahead to next week : Monday - Charles Thibodeaux & Austin Cajun Aces in Austin.   Tuesday - Jam session @ Geronimo VFW...Crossroads Country Opry in Victoria... Wednesday - Das Ist Lustig @ Rudi Lechner's in Houston...Alan Walling in Plano (Thursday, too!)...Bimbo in San Antonio...Sean Orr in Schulenburg

Oktoberfests next weekend: Beethoven Maenerchor in San Antonio...Walburg...Celina

Pace yourself as you Polka On at the OFests!

The Round Top Brass Band is keeping the tradition of community brass bands going. Gary E. McKee looks at the German influence on the Texas social scene. Theresa Parker invites readers to support live music venues such as Pavlas Tavern in Moulton and Mullins Prairie Store near La Grange. Justin Everett reviews music by country teen singer Mason Ramsey, profiles DJ Egon Barthels of Gonzales, and features Mason Nesvadba, the newest member of the Red Ravens. Find out more about a celebration at Wied Hall, located halfway between Hallettsville and Shiner, coming in November. Of course, we have your October calendar of dances, festivals, and live music events, and the listing of church picnics. Visit
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Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of Schuetzenfest with 
The Original Bavarian Blasmusik and  Donnie Wavra...James & Halie Marek wedding reception with Dujka Brothers, Fritz Hodde/Fab 6, and Lee Roy Matocha Review...
Walburgfest with Walt & Kurt Harfmann, Walburg Boys, & AlpenMusikanten...Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 at Granger picnic...Dujka Brothers & Praha Brothers at Praha Picnic...Mark Halata & Texavia at Elgin.

Watch the videos  by George Weber of Czech & Then Some and The Moravians at Caldwell Kolache Festival...Texas Sound Check, Charles & Fab 4, Mark Halata & Texavia at PoLK of A party in New Taiton...Ennis Czech Boys, Dujka Brothers, Mason Nesvadba at at East Bernard Kolache Fest...Shiner Hobos and Mark Halata/Texavia at Shiner Picnic.
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