Welcome To
Island Oktoberfest!

This Year We Celebrate The 34th Annual Edition of
Galveston Island’s Oktoberfest

October 23 & 24, 2015
Friday 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am -11:00 pm

Island Oktoberfest is a FREE event hosted by First Lutheran Church and co-sponsored by Del Papa Distributing Company. Celebrated each Year on the 4th Saturday of October, this two day family fun festival takes place on the church grounds and streets adjacent to 24th and Winnie in historic downtown Galveston.


Alex Meixner To Perform
At Island Oktoberfest 2015!

Alex Meixner Comint To Island Oktoberfest
Photo Credit: Mikie Farias

The 34th Annual Island Oktoberfest is already buzzing with the announcement that Alex Meixner will be performing both Friday and Saturday nights! Meixner’s performing career began at age 6 with his two sisters and father in an ethnic folk ensemble. From these early experiences through headline appearances at music festivals throughout the US; concert performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sandy Duncan and his own jazz and ethnic ensembles; as well as over 50 recordings, Meixner has developed a unique musical mix that appeals to a wide cross-section of audiences.  His talents in music and comedy were even featured on the Tonight Show on NBC in 2004.

Polka Freak OutMost recently, Meixner’s “Polka Freak Out” CD with 2-time Grammy Award singer Bubba Hernandez garnered his own Grammy nomination in December, 2007.

For more information on Alex, please visit his website at alexmeixner.com or follow him on his Facebook.

You don’t want to miss this extraordinary performer!


The Island Tradition For “Friends and Neighbors” Continues To Grow

Dancing at Galveston OktoberfestGalveston’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. Read more on Oktoberfest History…

Designated Children’s Activities Area
(Saturday Only!)

Livestock Rodeo Clowns Galveston OktoberfestOn Saturday beginning at 11am, a special designated Children’s Activity Area is open with fun:

  • Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo Clowns
  • special kiddie rides
  • art activities for children
  • arcade games
  • moon walks and challenges
  • face painting
  • animal balloons

Also, don’t forget the Chicken Dance Contest and the German Costume Contest!

Island Oktoberfest Videos


  1. Lively entertainment on Stage 1
  2. Lively entertainment on Stage 2
  3. Great Wusrt Abendessen (German Sausage Dinner) and libations
  4. Fun children’s activities (including activities from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)
  5. Variety of booths featuring handcrafted gifts, arts & crafts
  6. Live auction
  7. Cake Wheel (no Vanna White, but you can win a whole cake!)
  8. Chicken Dance Contest (sponsored by Chick Fil A)
  9. Helmut’s Austrian Strudel and Donald Gangl’s Apple Cake and all other tempting homemade treats from the Sweets Booths!
  10. German Beer (See Beer Menu Here) ~ and wine

You don’t want to miss this family event!

Island Oktoberfest Bier Menu

Happinness is a Choice “WHY DIE THIRSTY?”
~ Alex Meixner

Galveston Oktoberfest Beer It’s not Oktoberfest without truly typical German Biers. We are going to once again feature themed Bier Garten environs.

Along with Paulaner and Becks themed booths, we are adding a booth featuring great Texas Brews made in the European tradition. Paulaner, and Beck’s, will be available in ice cold fresh kegs all direct from Germany.

German Beers at Galveston Oktoberfest
German Beers at Galveston Oktoberfest

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.

Texas Beers At Galveston Oktoberfest
Texas Beers At Galveston Oktoberfest
Texas Beers At Island Oktoberfest
Texas Beers At Island Oktoberfest

Yes, Of Course There is Wine, Too!

Wine At Galveston OktoberfestWe’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.

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