Steinfest 2016

Bust out the lederhosen, folks, it’s time for Plano’s Steinfest! This Oktoberfest-style event brings all the best that German culture has to offer to Plano. You’ll find amazing food, German beer, hearty oompa music, beer, dancing, beer, shopping–and did I mention the beer?

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Jorge’s Cafe Vienna served up authentic Austrian fare at Steinfest 2015 // photos by Charlise Hill-Larson

Steinfest happens on Saturday, October 29 from 10am to 10pm in the Downtown Plano Arts District. You’ll be thoroughly entertained all day with a packed schedule that includes a Swiss Alphorn Quartet, the Alpine Dancers Edelweiss, a Stein Racing Contest, a Masskrugstemmen (Strongman) Competition and––that’s right––the chance to twirl your partner ‘round and ‘round to the melodic rhythmic thumping of the Chardon Polka Band. A Weiner Dog Fashion Show will be held (any furry friends may compete), and 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded by judges from SPCA Second Chance.

Full Steinfest schedule:

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Don’t have your dirndl handy? Shop the artist’s village full of craftsman and makers and pick up some festive attire! Younger attendees will enjoy the kids’ zone with a show pony photo opportunity, crafts, face painting and chalk art. Adults will enjoy Keg Bowling behind McCall Plaza, a VIP Bier Garden and an array of Germanic cuisine that may or may not cause you to unfasten the top button of those lederhosen.

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The Flying Balalaika Brothers at Steinfest 2015

Steinfest is free to attend, and food and beverages must be purchased with coupons available on site. If you’re serious about your beer, you’ll definitely be interested in the VIP Package which includes 20 food and beverage coupons, a commemorative stein, a Steinfest t-shirt and access to the VIP Bier Garden with a private bar–all for $40 per person.

Participating Steinfest restaurants include Jorg’s Café Vienna, Angela’s at the Crosswalk, Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, Brat Haus, Urban Crust, Urban Rio, Social Mini Donuts and Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

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Revelers may participate in a Masskrugstemmen (Strongman) Competition

Valet parking will not be offered during the event. Find available downtown Plano parking with this map.

Historic Downtown Plano Association Executive Director Alex Hargis says, “We feel Steinfest will become THE annual October event in Plano where folks can come out to eat, drink and play with their neighbors.”

You’ll be busting buttons in no time with so much to eat and drink. So go enjoy the wunderbar selection and viel spass! (Or as we Texans say, “Have a great time!”)

Purchase a VIP Package >   Steinfest Website >

 

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