Beer, bratwurst and breweries: 9 places to celebrate Oktoberfest in Greater Houston

Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe hosts their annual Oktoberfest event Sept. 30.

Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe hosts their annual Oktoberfest event Sept. 30.

Traditionally, the Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest is held from mid-September to early October, but for those not traveling to Germany this year, there are several places and events in the Greater Houston area to celebrate.

Karbachtoberfest
Sept. 15-Oct. 7
The Houston brewery hosts multiple weekends of Oktoberfest celebrations with live music, German-style beer, and a German influenced menu at the adjoining restaurant. Each weekend features a charity spotlight to benefit groups assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery. Hours vary. $18-$25 for half-liter glasses. Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach St., Houston. 713-680-2739. www.karbachbrewing.com

Live music:
Sept. 22: Grupo Fantasma with Los Skarnales
Sept. 23: The Bright Light Social Hour with Gio Chamba
Sept. 29: Ishi with Wrestlers
Sept. 30: The Tontons
Oct. 5: Otis the Destroyer
Oct. 6: Flow Tribe
Oct. 7: Blaze x Black

B52 Fest 2017
Sept. 23
B-52 Brewing hosts an event with several special-release beers, German food, live music, games and a best-dressed contest. Noon-7 p.m. $5-$25. B-52 Brewing, 12470 Milroy Lane, Conroe. 936-447-4677. www.b52brewing.com

Beetles, Brew & Barbecue
Sept. 30
Tomball hosts its Oktoberfest-style festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

Baldy’s Oktoberfest
Sept. 30
Deacon Baldy’s hosts an event in their outdoor food truck park with authentic German beers, live music from Jeff Canada and various food trucks. Cost varies by drink. 2-5 p.m. Deacon Baldy’s, 5447 FM 1488, Magnolia. 281-650-2558. www.deaconbaldys.com

Oktoberfest at Southern Star Brewing Company
Sept. 30
The Conroe brewery hosts a German-style festival with live polka music from The Moravians, German food vendors, games and beer. The first 500 guest will receive a specialty half-liter German beer stein. Carpooling and ridesharing is encouraged as parking is limited. Noon-10 p.m. $25. Southern Star Brewing Company, 3525 N. Fraizer St., Conroe. 936-441-2739. www.southernstarbrewing.com

King’s Oktoberfest
Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 20-22
King’s Biergarten & Restaurant in Pearland and King’s BierHaus in The Heights host events featuring live German music, authentic Oktoberfest food, games, beers and competitions. Times vary by date. $12-$30. www.kingsoktoberfest.com
King’s Biergarten & Restaurant, 1329 E. Broadway, Pearland.
King’s BierHaus-The Heights, 2044 E. T C Jester Blvd., Houston.

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest 2017
Oct. 6-7
Houston’s oldest craft brewery hosts the annual event in their beer hall with a costume contest, German-style food, beers and a 20-ounce commemorative mug. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $15. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave., Houston. 713-686-9494. www.saintarnold.com

Oktoberfest at No Label Brewing Co.
Oct. 7
The Katy brewery hosts a festival with live music, dancing, food and drinks. Ticket prices include two beers, a special Oktoberfest glass and dinner from Sauerkraut food truck. 7-10 p.m. $30. 5351 1st, St., Katy. 281-693-7545. www.nolabelbrew.com/2017-oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Houston
Spet. 30
The annual Houston festival features Texas and German culture combined with live music, games, shopping, food and beer. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25-$125. The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park. 105 Sabine St., Houston. www.oktoberfesthouston.com
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.