Weekend Lineup
Oktoberfest Braut to You By
Ft Worth, Houston, McKinney, & San Antonio

Wow! If you can't find a fest to suit your fancy this weekend, well, then there's something wrong! Ft. Worth OFest started tonight and continues through Saturday. Day 2  has indoor and outdoor biergartens, food, biers, music, dancing, German games, and more! Music lineup includes Walburg Boys, Auf Geht's, Alpenmusikanten, Das Ist Lustig, Nick Ballarini. Day 3 boasts indoor and outdoor biergartens, food, biers, music, dancing, German games, the Oktoberfest Run Und Ride, Dachshund Dash, and more! Music lineup features Royal Klobasneks, Alpenmusikanten, Alpine Village Band, Off the Grid, Das Ist Lustig. Check und schedule.

Oktoberfest Houston showcases German and Texas culture in one fantastic day on Saturday! Music lineup features Enzian Buam, Auf Geht's, Eurofest, Yodel Blitz. See sie schedule. 

McKinney becomes Munich Friday thru Sunday. Enjoy musik by Alpine Village Band, STV Almrausch, Royal Klobasneks, Brave Combo on Friday; David Casper Band, Alpine Village Band, STV Almrausch, Royal Klobasneks, Alpenmusikanten, Czech & Then Some, Brave Combo on Saturday; and STV Almrausch, Auf Geht's, Czech & Then Some, Alpenmusikanten on Sunday. Das schedule.

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, on the beautiful banks of the Riverwalk. Enjoy music this weekend by Austin Polka Band, Chris Cruz Band, Derek Lewis Trio, and Box String Duo. Mehr info.

Also this weekend - Kolache Festival in San Antonio on Saturday with  Chris Rybak, Dujka Brothers, Los Kolaches; Texas Sound Check, Red Ravens, Czechaholics, and Faith Family Church Band...Western Swing & BBQ Festival in Lockhart featuring featuring Carolyn Martin and Kristyn Harris, Al Dressen, Billy Mata, The Gimbles, and many more throughout the town served with a side of BBQ. On the menu...Waco has its first Oktoberfest benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association with TubaMeisters, Czech Melody Masters, and Chris Rybak...The 55th Slavic Festival in Houston is set for Sunday...Texas Heritage Music & Dance Club has its fall dance in Sealy with Lost Cause on Saturday...Lost Cause will be Elgin on Sunday...Czechaholics play Polka Sunday in La Grange...and check the schedule for all the OFests at breweries across Texas including just added The Moravians in Conroe and Czechaholics in Victoria.

Church Picnic Alert: St. Jerome in Houston on Saturday night and Sunday...Immaculate Conception in Sealy on Sunday.

Dance lessons: The Brazos Valley Czech Heritage Society is offering dance lessons on Saturday in College Station. All ages. RSVP by tomorrow. Learn more.

Rain or shine, y'all Polka On!


Coming in October: The Czech Center in La Grange plans to honor the Vrazels' Polka Band at its Heritage Fest Muziky event. Gary E. McKee and Theresa Cernoch Parker collaborate on a feature story about the polka legacy created by the Vrazels. Gary's column features a tragic story about a Fredericksburg dance hall from the past. Since it's Oktoberfest season, Theresa visits with an OFest expert - Mike Barker of Alpenfest. On the sidelines now because of Parkinson's disease, Mike still shared some good advice about embracing this special time of the year. Justin Everett reviews a Cajun CD by Chris Rybak, and profiles DJ Craig Ebel. Of course, we have your listing of dances, festivals, live music events, and church picnics.

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Telstars @ Lodge 88
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Picnic in Cyclone
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Victoria Czech Fest
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Dancin' in Da Costa
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Watch the videos  by George Weber of the Praha Brothers with special guests Alfred Vrazel and Fritz Hodde at the Marak Picnic...Red Ravens & Shiner Hobo Band at the Shiner Picnic

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of the polka jam at Corn Hill Church Picnic...Franz & Schorsch in Walburg...Ennis Czech Boys in Elgin...Huber Eduard-Bozen in Italy
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