(credit: Town of Addison website)

The annual autumn beer drinking festival, known as Oktoberfest, may have started out as a marriage celebration for Bavaria’s Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810, but in the past 200 years, it has grown to become one of the largest parties in the world. While Munich hosts the grandest Oktoberfest of them all, Dallas-Fort Worth puts on some pretty awesome celebrations as well — offering up everything from German food and beer to music, midway rides and dog parades. Put on your lederhosen and get ready to party at these Oktoberfest celebrations around DFW.

Addison Oktoberfest
4970 Addison Circle Drive
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 732-6100
www.addisontexas.net/events/oktoberfest/Date: Sept. 20 to Sept. 23If you’re anywhere near Addison during its Oktoberfest weekend, you’ll know why USA Today put this one on its list of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations in North America. Addison’s Oktoberfest is the best in DFW, featuring an assortment of family friendly fun activities from games, carnival rides and yodeling competitions to live music, dancing, bier barrel rolling and a dachshund parade. Once they tap the keg Thursday, the beer will be flowing with traditional German brews including Spaten Oktoberfest and Franziskaner Hefe Weiss, making a perfect match with the schnitzel, brats, potato pancakes and strudel. There’s also a 5K run benefiting the Wipe Out Kid’s Cancer organization Saturday. Get there on Thursday to start the party when admission is free and unlimited rides are only $30.

Bavarian Grill
221 W. Parker Road #527
Plano, TX 75023
(972) 881-0705
bavariangrill.comDate: Sept. 22For a truly authentic Bavarian experience, head over to the Bavarian Grill’s biergarten to take part in its Oktoberfest kick-off, beginning with the tapping of the keg. The Saturday festivities include a special buffet, a 17-piece band, a raffle and free beer. Grab a stein so you can try drinking one of each of its Oktoberfest biers and you get a T-shirt from a Munich brewery. If you can’t make it on the 22nd, don’t worry, enjoy the special Oktoberfest buffet every Saturday during the 17-day festival.

McKinney Oktoberfest
111 N. Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2660
www.mckinneytexas.org/Date: Sept. 28 to Sept. 29Join the Oktoberfest fun when McKinney’s historic downtown goes Bavarian, featuring traditional costumes, non-stop music, polka lessons, a weenie dog parade, a petting zoo and plenty of German cuisine. Enjoy a visit to the beer garden for Franconia brewery’s handcrafted German beer while the kids ride the mini-train, make crafts and have their faces painted.

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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
701 Galveston Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(214) 339-7867
rahroktoberfest.com/Date: Sept. 29Rahr’s Oktoberfest starts off running with a 5K run or walk benefiting the Trinity Habitat for Humanity. After the run, join the festivities featuring Rahr’s handcrafted German-style lager beers, German food and live entertainment well into the night.

Southlake Oktoberfest– October 5 to 7
1256 Main St
Southlake, TX 76092
www.oktoberfestsouthlake.com/Date: Oct. 5 to Oct. 7Southlake’s fest is one of the best — offering a wide range of German food and beverages, as well as art and craft exhibits, games, tractor train rides, bounce houses and rock-climbing walls. Race your wiener dog, or just come to watch the others waddle their way to the finish line. The musical line-up is fantastic, featuring a variety of non-stop music from polka and swing to headliners including Emerald City and Le Freak.

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With a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe studying and working in marketing and tourism. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.