Kelly Hunter – Guest Contributor
Sep 13 @ 10:20 am
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Addison Oktoberfest, which adds a purely Texan twist to traditional Oktoberfest celebrations, will bring approximately 50,000 fans together over four days to revel in German culture, food, music and bier. All the usual excitement will be at the festival – along with some new additions for the whole family.

To start off, the kids’ area is expanding from a tent to a whole garten this year. Called the Kidsgarten, it will feature kids crafts, games, even the Mini Masskrug, where kids test their arm strength by seeing who can hold a Dachshund mug the longest. The area will even host its very own Root Biergarten for the minis in attendance. The Kidsgarten will be near the entry gate of the festival.


Next up is the addition of the Partyplatz, geared toward teens who are too old for the Kidsgarten and too young to participate in the games for ages 21+. The open green space will feature a Silent Disco, a dance space, retro arcade games, oversized lawn  games  and  space  to  just  hang  out.  Take  a  few  selfies  and  cheer  on  competitors  in  the  free Minor  Masskrug  challenge designed for ages 13-20. The Partyplatz will be on the the lawn east of the Kleinhalle powered by DART.


Every year, new talent appears on the three performance stages within Addison Oktoberfest. This year, there will be a truly Texan twist on Oktoberfest music when Squeezebox Bandits take the stage. The band plays honkytonk country with a Tejano twang – which actually sounds a little like polka, making them fit right in. Returning to the stage this year are traditional German dancers, who will perform on the Partyhalle and Kleinhalle stages in between musical shows.


Finally, Sunday Hunday is expanding. The final day of the festival has long been known for the famous Dachshund Dash. This year, the Dash is moving to a new location – inside the Partyhalle at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 – with a championship heat at 2 p.m.


But that’s not all – Sunday Hunday is not just for Dachshunds anymore. Guests are permitted to bring their well-behaved dogs of any breed to Addison Circle Park on Sunday. Dogs must be leashed at all times and picked up after. Only trained service animals are permitted in the park during the rest of the festival.


Tickets to the event are now available at On Thursday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 17, admission is free for all visitors. On Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16, admission is $10. Kids 9 and younger get in free all weekend.  


For more information on Addison Oktoberfest, go to




What:                 Addison Oktoberfest

Named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest features four days of family-oriented entertainment. German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more. A special “Oktoberfest” Paulaner Bier is served along with several types of German sausage, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels and more. There are interactive games, dachshund races and children’s entertainment. Wear your lederhosen or dirndls for even more fun!


When:                Sept. 14-17, 2023

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023              6 p.m. – 11 p.m.                    

                             Friday, Sept. 15, 2023                   6 p.m. – midnight

                             Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023              noon – midnight             

                             Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023                 noon – 6 p.m.                        



Where:               Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle, Addison. 



parking:              Millennium Garage (15455 N. Dallas Parkway)

Colonnade Garage (15305 N. Dallas Parkway)

Addison Circle One Garage (15601 N. Dallas Parkway)

Addison Circle Two Garage (15725 N. Dallas Parkway)

Accessible parking is available at the DART Transit Center (4925 Arapaho Road)


Tickets:               General Admission

                             Thursday, Sept. 14                                       FREE

Friday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 16        $10 ages 10+, Under 10 FREE

Sunday, Sept. 17                                          FREE



$8 General Admission Tickets for Groups of 20+


                             Addison Oktoberfest Paket

$20: Includes one commemorative .5L stein, one Paulaner bier and one commemorative lapel pin. Limited quantity available. Does NOT include admission. A $30 value.


Addison Hotelpaket

Book an Addison Oktoberfest hotel package and enjoy special rates on quality accommodations, two single-day general admission tickets, two Paulaner biers, two commemorative lapel pins, and two commemorative .5L steins (while supplies last). Guests must request a hotel package voucher at check-in to present at the event. Package materials must be picked up by 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.


Tickets are available at


Sponsors:           Paulaner, Lone Star 92.5, 97.1 The Freak


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