McKINNEY, Texas (Sept. 8, 2015) – Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest in Downtown McKinney. This three-day event is a family favorite, offering authentic German food and drinks, entertainment, children’s activities and fun. A beer garden and carnival have been added to help patrons feel like they are right in the middle of Munich. This year’s expanded layout also offers festival-goers plenty of room to get down with the Chicken Dance.
Enjoy ice cold brew from local McKinney breweries, authentic German fare like brats and pretzels, and live music on Friday, Sept. 25 from 4–11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. The festival boasts attractions for all ages set in one of the largest historic downtowns in the state. Admission and parking is free.
At 6 p.m. on Sept. 25, local dignitaries and friends of the festival will lead the Oktoberfest March. Afterwards, the first keg of McKinney-brewed beer will be tapped by hammering the bronze spout into a 200-year-old keg with a wooden mallet. Live entertainment will take place on two stages during the event and features authentic German music performing by bands such as Brave Combo, Alpine Village Band and The Royal Klobasneks.
McKinney Oktoberfest isn’t just for those ages 21 and up. There are plenty of activities for kids and families, like carnival rides, petting zoo, face painting, Bier barrel races and weenie dog races. Some activities require a nominal fee.
In addition to German beer and wine, local restaurants Patina Green Home and Market and Local Yocal Farm to Market offer an authentic taste of Bavaria with traditional Oktoberfest food.
Learn more about the beer featured at Oktoberfest by purchasing tickets to a Meet the Brewmaster event. The tickets include 15 concession tickets that can be used for food or beer, a T-shirt, stein and a beer sampling event held inside MPAC at various times throughout the festival. A full schedule of Meet the Brewmaster events can be found on the website. Tickets will be mailed out a week prior to the event, and participants must be 21 to attend.
This year, patrons can “skip the line” and purchase Oktoberfest concession tickets for food and beer prior to the festival. Concession tickets and Meet the Brewmaster tickets can be purchased online or at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 111 N. Tennessee St. Concession tickets are available for purchase with cash or check at the Sheraton McKinney, 1900 Gateway Blvd., and Market Street, 6100 W. Eldorado Pkwy.
A free shuttle service runs to Oktoberfest on Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Shuttles will depart approximately every 20 minutes from the Sheraton McKinney, 1900 Gateway Blvd., and TAPS will offer a shuttle from First Baptist Church of McKinney, 1615 West Louisiana St. Free parking is available in 12 public lots surrounding downtown. Detours are marked to access outer lots, as streets will be blocked to through traffic beginning Thursday night, Sept. 25.
For detailed information on McKinney Oktoberfest, please contact 972-547-2660 or visit www.mckinneyoktoberfest.com. Event sponsors include the City of McKinney, Pat Lobb’s Toyota of McKinney, PSA McKinney, PepsiCo, Franconia, Tupps Brewery, Market Street, Sheraton McKinney, Manufacturing Excellence Technical Services, Now 102.9, 102.1 The Edge, and TAPS.
City of McKinney Press Release