The Island Oktoberfest
Celebrated each year on the 4th Saturday of October
Look for this year's event on October 24 & 25, 2014
Watch this YouTube video of the 2012 celebration and see the fun you missed. Also, check out this video of George Black discussing the history behind the Galveston Oktoberfest celebration and the events associated with the 2013 event!
Back by Popular Demand for 2014
AlpenMusikanten and Die TubaMeisters
Crowd Pleasing Entertainers
Returning Favorites: Alpenfest and Midlife Crisis
Galveston's Island Oktoberfest was first celebrated in 1981 by members of First Lutheran Church who traced their roots back to German immigrants of the mid 1800s. What started simply as a "fall activity for the congregation and their friends and neighbors in the courtyard in front of the Parish Hall" has grown and expanded into what is now Galveston Island's premier fall event attracting over 15,000 "friends and neighbors" for this fun two day event.
Featuring live and lively entertainment, great Wusrt Abendessen (German Sausage Dinner) and libations, fun children's activities (including activities from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo), a variety of booths featuring handcrafted gifts, arts & crafts, a live auction, Cake Wheel, and tempting treats from the Sweets booths, you don't want to miss this yearly event. In addition to the traditional Sausage Dinner, homemade cakes and sweets, festival goers can look forward to Helmut's Strudel and Donald Gangl's apple cake.
Galveston Island Oktoberfest Bier-Menu
It's not Oktoberfest without truly typical German Biers. We are going to once again feature themed Bier Garten environs. New this year is going to be a celebration of Texas Craft Biers made in the European tradition. Along with Paulaner and Becks themed booths, we are adding a booth featuring those great Texas Brews. Paulaner, and Beck's, in ice cold fresh kegs all direct from Germany, and the balance made in small batches from our growing Bier Brewing industry in Texas
In addition, we will have, once again, the popular Pumpkin Spice Ale, now Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat. Get there early, because this one usually sells out by 2 pm on Saturday. We are limited by the brewery on what we can have delivered, so each year we push and increase our inventory, but each year we sell completely out.
Of course, we will have the ever popular ZiegenBock and Bud Light, too, 'cause some folks just like their American brews.
We'll also have a great listing of German style sweet wines from the famous Haak Winery, along with American favorites, too.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a portion of the proceeds of the sales of every bottle of Pink Pelican will be donated to Breast Cancer research.
The Island Oktoberfest is excited to present this true German Bier Menu along with Texas' favorites. Spread the word and bring lots of friends who love the German style brews.
Texas Craft Bier Menu
- Paulaner Hefe
- Hofbrau Oktoberfest
- Paulaner Oktoberfest
- Beck's Lager
- St Arnolds Oktoberfest
- Bud Light
- Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
- Rahr & Sons
- Saint Arnolds
- Southern Star