Commemorating the popular tradition which began in Germany over 200 years ago, North Texas meets Bavaria at McKinney Oktoberfest 2013, September 27 and 28, in McKinney. This year’s festival has been expanded from a 4- to 14-block area of the downtown historic district. With a backdrop of more than 100 unique shops, the family-friendly event showcases authentic German music, cuisine, traditional costumes, entertainment and dancing.
Activities for children include weenie-dog races, face painting, arts and crafts, train rides and a petting zoo. Adults can enjoy authentic German beer from a local brewery, wine and German cuisine, along with local selections for the family from more than a dozen area restaurants and pubs.
McKinney Oktoberfest reflects the diversity and culture of German heritage and tradition. Germans have a special word– Gemütlichkeit – suggesting a warm atmosphere of open and generous hospitality, which is at the core of the two-day event.
Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m., September 27 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., September 28. Admission is free and several free parking facilities are located nearby.
Location: 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. For more information, call 972-547-2660 or visit DowntownMcKinney.com.