October is winding down, but it’s not too late to get in one more weekend celebrating German food and culture at Plano’s first and only Oktoberfest: STEINFEST! Yay, day drinking. Don your dirndl or your lederhosen because it’s going to be good times, Plano people. And even better, entrance to the event is free. The merriment takes place this Sunday, October 25th, from 2-10pm in historic downtown Plano along 15th Street, between H Avenue and K Avenue.
Parking might get a little tricky, so here’s a map of all the parking options downtown. Or better yet, avoid that whole parking situation and ride the DART to the downtown Plano stop. It may be a safer option for the ride home, too. You know, because of all the day drinking.
YUM YUM FOOD:
Not only will German staples like bratwurst, pretzels and sauerkraut be offered, you can choose from any of the participating downtown restaurants: Angela’s at the Crosswalk, Cajun Tailgators, Jorg’s Cafe Vienna, Kelly’s Eastside, Lockhart Barbecue, Urban Crust, Urban Rio and Ye Olde Butcher Shop.
Food is nice, but let’s be honest, you’re at Steinfest for the Hefeweizen and the Dunkel. Fill up your steins at The Fillmore Pub beer garden.
Food and drinks must be purchased with tickets. Each ticket = $1. If you pre-purchase your tickets online, you save $5! Be smart, do it now. All food and beer booths will be located along 15th Street, EAST of the DART Tracks.
Live music will be provided throughout the day by the Flying Balalaika Brothers, Buffalo Ruckus and former American Idol contestant, musician Tim Halperin.
Steinfest goes above and beyond most other Oktoberfest celebrations with the added addition of ridiculous feats of strength! You can compete in The Stein Dash, Barrel Roll, Keg Bowling, Masskrugstemmen (basically who can hold their beer the longest) and Tug-of-War. Anyone may register ahead of time here or on the day of the event at the Steinfest tent in front of Junction 15 apartments.
SHOPPING & ACTIVITIES:
Not into drinking and rolling barrels? That makes me sad. But to each his own. There will be plenty of shopping at Sweet as Sugar children’s boutique, Amazeballz, Dude Sweet Chocolate, Paws Dog Barkery and Georgia’s Farmers Market. This Oktoberfest also has plenty of activities for the kids: corn hole, giant Jenga, kids’ crafts, a pumpkin patch and photo opportunities.
All shopping, competitions and music will be located along 15th Street, WEST of the DART Tracks.
STEIN & SHIRT:
In commemoration of Plano’s first Oktoberfest, the Historic Downtown Plano Association will be selling t-shirts and limited edition steins handmade by Holman Pottery. Pre-purchase them both online and save $5!
If you want to be sure to catch your favorite music or event, here’s the official schedule:
2:00 – 5:30 The Balalaika Brothers (LIVE MUSIC)
2:30 – 3:00 Stein Dash & Barrel Roll
3:00 – 5:00 Brute Challenge Tug-O-War
3:00 – 5:30 Keg Bowling
5:30 – 6:00 Brute Challenge Final
6:00 – 7:30 Buffalo Ruckus (LIVE MUSIC)
7:30 – 8:00 Masskrugstemmen Competition
8:00 – 10:00 Tim Halperin (LIVE MUSIC)