This content is for those over the legal drinking age. Enjoy the best of RGV Oktoberfests but please drink responsibly.
Yes…the RGV is right across the border from MEH-he-koh, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate other international cultures. Especially when their celebrations involve a little bit of beer.
For those of you not in the know, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held in Munich, Germany during late September and runs into early October (this year’s official Oktoberfest started September 17th). This 16-to-18 day folk festival started back in 1810 as a celebration of Bavarian culture and has since turned into one of the world’s largest events with some six million people attending the Munich festivities every year.
Not much of a surprise, this event has spread worldwide with numerous cities establishing their own versions modeled after Munich’s.
Luckily for us down here in the RGV, there are various local organizations and business establishments that provide the perfect opportunity to join in on all the Oktoberfest merrymaking. So get those suspenders and dirndls ready for some great Bavarian-style fun.
Just remember ladies and gentlemen, don’t drink and drive. Always have a designated driver!
- McAllen Rotary Oktoberfest 2016
The original RGV Oktoberfesters, the McAllen South Rotary initiated the celebration locally back in 1998. Since then, Rotary Oktoberfest has continued to grow in grandeur year after year. But that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten the festival’s Germanic roots. There’s bratwurst, live polka bands, beer, great friends, and yes, more beer.
And believe you me. This is one hell-of-a fiesta. I actually attended back in 2013 and played good ol’ flip-a-cup with about 20 other people. Quite a memory indeed.
This year’s event is going to take place on October 27th at the International Museum Arts & Sciences (IMAS) and includes an awesome costume contest. Find out more about the Rotary Oktoberfest here. And remember, this is a non-profit fundraiser, so your support goes to a great cause.
- Brownsville Beerfest 2016
Who would’ve thunk it? Having a few beers can actually help your community. Brownsville Beerfest is a non-profit organization that was started back in 2013 by Brownsville natives who wanted to offer the community an opportunity to go out and enjoy a night of great food, top notch live music, and goodwill.
Brownsville Beerfest is set to take place October 1st and will feature some great musical attractions, as well as the “Longest Bar in Texas” and, of course, beer samplings from different speciality craft breweries including No Label Brewing Co., Karbach Brewing Co., and Goose Island. While Brownsville Beerfest is a 21 and over only event, the funds earned will help make a difference in the lives of all community members.
Visit the Brownsville Beerfest website here to find out more about the event and to purchase tickets.
- University DraftHouse Beer Fest
If you thought McAllen and Brownsville were going to be the only cities celebrating Oktoberfest in the RGV, I got some news for you.
The University DraftHouse will be hosting a Beer Festival in Edinburg with proceeds benefiting the restoration of Edinburg’s Historical buildings (wow…another worthy cause). This event is going to be held on October 15th at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard and will include live music, interactive games, food trucks and booths, local vendors, a wine garden…and of course…beer.
This 21 and over event will showcase 200+ premium and craft beers from breweries from all around the world. Sound like your type of festival? Well, find out more about the event and how to purchase tickets here.
4. Oktoberfest at Grain to Glass
Local craft beer connoisseurs Grain to Glass are set to have their very own Oktoberfest on October 1st. The celebration is set to include a plethora of craft and German beers as well as a delectable food menu that’s going to satisfy your hunger for German cuisine.
Beyond the expected food and drinks, Grain to Glass’ Oktoberfest is also going to host live music and games such as RGV Disc Golf Club Putting Station, a Bratwurst eating contest, an Oktoberfest outfit competition, and more. If you’re interested in getting a deal on a presale tankard then follow me here. As a Grain to Glass advocate, I definitely give my stamp of approval on this event.
5. Schneider’s Oktoberfest 2016
C’mon, this is Schneider’s German Restaurant and Beergarden we’re talking about here. Of course, they are going to have something fun going on! They are going to be holding a German festival from October 3rd through the 8th. I mean if there is anyone who knows about a Oktoberfest…
This 6-day event is going to include an abundance of beer, food, music, games, and rides for all ages. There’s going to be a Monday Mixer and Karaoke, a Bratwurst eating competition, a stein hoisting contest, a couples pretzel race, coaster throwing, and much much more. A couple of the events will require reservation so keep an eye on the Schneider’s Facebook page here to know what’s happening when.
And there you have it folks. A list of some of the spectacular local Oktoberfest events that are going to take place in the next couple of weeks. Let me know which you are attending and how everything turns out down in the comments.
Just remember everybody, be safe out on the road and know your limit. Don’t drink and drive. Let’s keep the roads safe this Oktober.