When the temperatures are falling, the days are getting shorter, and bratwurst and sauerkraut are commonly found at local events, it can only mean one thing: The season of Oktoberfest is here. The Houston area has several such events with a brand new Oktoberfest festival scheduled for this weekend:
Event: 1st Annual Kemah Oktoberfest
Location: Kemah City Parking Lot, Lighthouse District, between 6th and 7th street, Kemah Texas
Date and Time: Friday, October 4 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, October 5 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, October 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This year, 2013, marks the first ever Kemah Oktoberfest and the event is highly anticipated among Houston’s craft beer faithful and others who love the Oktoberfest celebrations and the German culture they promote. Some may recall that Kemah held a beer festival in past years during the first weekend in October. This year, the event has been expanded and is now a full- fledged Oktoberfest complete with lederhosen, bratwurst, and German music. It has also been expanded from a one day gathering to a three- day festival, which is reflective of the growth in popularity of craft beer in the local area.
In true Oktoberfest spirit, the Kemah Oktoberfest will feature German foods with a few alternative options for those who like more traditional fare. German music will fill the air and organizers have lined up multiple bands to entertain each day:
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Enzian Buam
4 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Good, Bad, & Ugly
7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Enzian Buam
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Enzian Buam
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Jarrod Sterrett and the Hired guns
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Mark Halata & Texavia
12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Enzian Baum
3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., The String Benders
As for the beer, the 2013 Kemah Oktoberfest plans to serve up some German beer such as Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweisen, and Beck’s. Others present will include Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Zeigenbock, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, and more along with Budweiser and Bud Light. The organizers of the festival also plan to offer some unique seasonal beer products exclusive to this event.
Admission to the 1st Annual Kemah Oktoberfest is$8 per person for each day and can be purchased by clicking here. Kids under 12 are admitted free, so gather up the family and head to Kemah for a weekend of fun, food, beer, entertainment, and German culture.
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