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Oktoberfest Celebration Returns to Panther Island Pavilion

by Trinity River Vision | Aug 13, 2015

The traditional German festival will take place at The Shack September 24-26

FORT WORTH, TX—Dust off your lederhosen, the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Fort Worth is coming back to Panther Island Pavilion! The three day festival, presented by Spaten, will stay true to the traditional, Munich-style Oktoberfest with authentic German food, music and entertainment. The festival will take place at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion. It will feature both indoor and outdoor biergartens. Spaten Hall will serve authentic German beer, including Spaten Oktoberfest, and the outdoor biergaten will serve fall and Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country.


The festival will kick off Thursday, September 24 with local leaders participating in the ceremonial tapping of the kegs. The celebration will continue Friday evening and all day Saturday.


Entertainment will include traditional German music from entertainers like Brave Combo, Alpenmusikanten, Walburg Boys, Third Generation, Alpine Village Band, Das Ist Lustig and more. Additional Oktoberfest activities will include a dachshund race, bier barrel rolling races, chicken dancing, stein hoisting competitions, dancers of all ages performing traditional Bavarian folk dances and more. Saturday morning will kick off with a 5K, 1-mile fun run and a 15-mile bike ride lead by Mayor Betsy Price which will end just in time for the opening of the festival.


Authentic German food will be available. The menu will include German favorites such as bratwursts, pretzels, crepes, strudel, schnitzel, roasted nuts and more.


Tickets are available online now for a discounted rate and will also be sold on site during the festival. Online early bird ticket holders are guaranteed a free 2015 commemorative stein. A limited number of steins will be available for tickets purchased at the gate, while supplies last. Admission for children 12 and under is free with a paying adult.


Oktoberfest Fort Worth is presented by Spaten and generously sponsored by Audi Fort Worth, NBC 5 DFW and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The event is produced by the Trinity River Vision Authority.