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Cheers to Oktoberfest San Antonio

When the beer is flowing and the lederhosen are out, you’ll know Oktoberfest is back. Come the end of September, Oktoberfest specials creep onto the menu of every bar or restaurant with beer on tap. Craft breweries also come out with their own Oktoberfest blends, many of which nod to the fall season. 

Though the festivities originated in Munich, cities around the world have made Oktoberfest their own. San Antonio itself has adopted Oktoberfest as an homage to both fall and beer. Oktoberfest San Antonio features celebrations of all kinds, from beer pairing menus to cultural celebrations.

Hit the streets, stein in-hand, at one of these four Oktoberfest hotspots. Before you go, brush up on the story behind what the ‘Prost’-ing is all about. 

woman wearing lederhosen waving

What are we celebrating? 

The first Oktoberfest kicked off in October 1810 to celebrate the new marriage of the Bavarian crown prince. The festivities continued for five days as citizens of Munich gathered in front of the city gates. The main event of the original festival was actually a horse race. 

Subsequent celebrations became ever more elaborate. Oktoberfests have included spectacles like barrel rolling races, goose chases, and, eventually, mechanical rides. Years later, Munich moved the festival up to September in hopes of better weather conditions. Those dates stuck, which is why the last day of Oktoberfest is always the first Sunday of October. 

Oktoberfest San Antonio Celebrations

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Bier Garten Riverwalk

It's always Oktoberfest at Bier Garten Riverwalk. This European-style brings a taste of Bavaria to the Riverwalk. Sip on the countless beers on tap served up by friendly beer maidens. Lederhosen are encouraged! 

cheersing with beer steins

Beethoven Maennerchor

This may be among San Antonio's most authentic Oktoberfest experiences. The Beethoven Maennerchor is one of Texas's oldest German singing societies. Their Oktoberfest is heavy on both beer and culture. 

person pouring beer from tap into stein

Künstler Brewing

Germany and Texas come together at Künstler Brewing. This craft brewpub brings German & Texan culture to life by re-inventing tried and true beer styles. Oktoberfest here makes the Munich celebration more modern. 

beer maiden carrying four steins

Alamo Beer

Celebrate Oktoberfest just steps from The Alamo itself. Alamo Beer is as hip a brewery can be, with large outdoor spaces covered with twinkly lights. Fill a boot with their favorite beer this Oktoberfest. 

Texas doesn't exactly scream bavaria. After all, San Antonio has enough of it's own culture to celebrate. Yet come September, Oktoberfest San Antonio transforms locations throughout the city into small German destinations that would make Munich proud. Experience one or all this Oktoberfest. 

The Hotel Contessa

306 W. Market Street
San Antonio,TX 78205

Toll Free Reservations 844.258.7210

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