First Kemah Octoberfest – October 4-6

| September 14, 2013

City Parking Lot
Harris Ave. between 6th & 7th Streets
Kemah, TX 77565

Fri & Sat: Noon – 11PM
Sun: Noon – 6PM
Admission $8 for adults, children 12 and under free.

Festival Website:

Oktoberfest comes to Kemah, when the iconic fall celebration of the culture, food, and drink of the Germanic peoples who helped settle Texas brings its unique and lively spirit to the bay the 4th through the 6th of October.

Oktoberfest! No other single word conveys at once the ultimate party with the most fun, the best food, and the coldest beer.

The historic Kemah Lighthouse District will become “Bavaria on the Bay” and ring with the sound of “Oom Pah” bands, song and the clink of cold, foaming steins; the air rich with the sizzle and scent of succulent food.

The Kemah Oktoberfest will feature all the wonderful food, music, drink, and dance of the German, Czech, Polish, and Dutch people. Vendors will create a German “Marktplatz,” or market place, featuring beautiful crafts, clothing, pottery, wood carving, and more. Patrons can enjoy the mouth-watering country fare for which Oktoberfests are famous throughout the world. Budweiser, the King of Beers, created by German immigrants in the 19th century is the perfect partner to bring fine German and seasonal beers to celebrate the brewer’s art. Children’s activities will entertain the “kinder,” and patrons of all ages can join in traditional folk dances and chicken dance competitions. Members of the German community, in colorful, authentic German costume, will be on hand to lead patrons in the lively music and dances.

Succulent food and fine beers are the hallmark of Oktoberfest, and Kemah will serve up the best, from grilled bratwurst to strudel, wiener schnitzel, sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad, huge pretzels, and more, with festival favorites such as corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes, sno-cones and more. Kemah is the Gateway to the Bay, so in that spirit, the “World’s Largest Boiler” will be on hand producing tons of fresh Gulf shrimp, just off the boat and at the peak of the fall season. In addition to fresh boiled, the “Bavaria on the Bay” theme comes together with a special Oktoberfest Beer-Battered fried shrimp. And speaking of beer – fime brews include Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweisen, Beck’s, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Zeigenbock, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, and, of course, Budweiser and Bud Light. In addition, to make this Oktoberfest unique, we have our beer experts searching the globe for expertly-crafted seasonal beer that has never been served in America, worthy of being featured and exclusively offered at the Kemah Oktoberfest.

The rollicking, buoyant German songs and dance music, polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and more will be provided by some of the Gulf Coast region’s best performers, Enzian Buam and Texavia, true “musik meisters” who will have you dancing, and singing along to the sway of bier steins and sausage-on-a-stick. Oktoberfest is a party going over 200 years, celebrated the world over, and just keeps getting better! It began in 1810, when the wedding feast of Munich’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony ran 16 days and was still too good to end. Much of early Texas and the Gulf Coast area were settled by Germanic immigrants who carried this tradition with them. They have enriched our nation and left an indelible stamp on all areas of life in Texas. Indeed, a settlement known as “Germantown” was here years before the Allen brothers landed at Buffalo Bayou.

We are proud to bring this unique and lively culture and the continuing tradition of Oktoberfest to Kemah.


Event Information
Doug Davenport
Gulf Coast Festivals
[email protected]

Media Contact:
Bob Fuldauer
Turn To Productions, LLC
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Category: Culture on the Skids, Eating and Drinking, Texas Gulf Coast

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