Addison Oktoberfest gets ready to transport you to Germany this weekend with the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich. We’ve got three tips to help you get the most out of it.

The weather is starting to cool off, and that means one thing in North Texas – it’s time to go back outside after avoiding the brutal summer heat.

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This year, over 70,000 fans will come together September 17-20, 2015 to share a love of polka, German food and, of course, the same Paulaner Bier that will be served at Bavaria’s favorite festival. As a part of its award winning tradition, Addison has timed their festival to coincide with the famed Munich Oktoberfest, and Addison Oktoberfest will also feature much of the same music, folk dancing, sing-a-longs plus great German food and entertainment.

So how do you get the full Oktoberfest experience in Addison, Texas?

It’s all about the stein. Every year, patrons enjoy their cold, traditional Paulaner Bier in commemorative glass steins. Many bring back their favorite Addison Oktoberfest steins from previous years to use. Sure you can drink out of a plastic cup like you’re at any old festival, but you’re not at any old festival, are you?

Come for the keg tapping. Just like in Munich, Oktoberfest doesn’t start until the Mayor taps the ceremonial keg of Paulaner. Addison Mayor Todd Meier will be doing the honors on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. in the Schloss Addison tent.

Bring the family. While yes, this is a bier and brat festival – it’s also a celebration of all things German. There will be special entertainment for kids as well as a carnival. Addison Oktoberfest is also dog friendly, with a Dachshund Parade and Race on Sunday – complete with a DAWG agility course and an 80’ pretzel tunnel.

Gates open on Addison Oktoberfest this Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. The festival runs all weekend, closing at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

When: September 17-20, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015 6 p.m. – 11.p.m.
Friday, September 18, 2015 6 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday, September 19, 2015 12 noon – Midnight
Sunday, September 20, 2015 Noon – 5 p.m.

Where: 4970 Addison Circle Dr.

Free parking located at the northwest corner of Dallas Pkwy. and Arapaho Rd.

General Admission Cost:

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Sept. 19
$10, ages 13+;
$5, ages 4-12;
FREE, 3 and under
Sunday, Sept. 20, FREE

Tickets are available for advance purchase at

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*Disclaimer: I have been provided tickets to cover entry to this event. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.*