A TASTE OF GERMANY IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MCKINNEY:
Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest. McKinney Oktoberfest is a family favorite, offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and much more
The “bier garden” covers a total of 14 blocks throughout McKinney’s Historic Downtown square so you can enjoy all downtown McKinney has to offer with a German beer in one hand and a bratwurst in the other. McKinney Main Street, supporting sponsors and the shops in Historic Downtown McKinney will host nonstop activities in the heart of our great city.
DATES AND HOURS:
Friday, September 23rd | 4pm to 11pm
Saturday, September 24th | 10am to 11pm
Sunday, September 25th | 12pm to 5pm
The actual festival address is 111 N. Tennessee, McKinney, TX 75069.
Several streets downtown will be closed during the festival, and on-street parking is limited. Parking is available at the free parking lots throughout downtown.
Complimentary round-trip service will operate from the First McKinney Baptist Church parking lot located at 1615 W. Louisiana.
Buses will leave every 15 minutes and will operate during these days/times:
Friday | 4 pm to 11:30 pm
Saturday | 10 am to 11:30 pm
Sunday | 1 pm to 5 pm
LYFT and UBER:
The designated zone for drop-offs and pick-ups is the west side of Mitchell Park on Benge Street between Louisiana and Virginia.
Free to everyone! Some activities may require tickets (carnival, petting zoo, rock climbing, etc) though.
FOOD and DRINK:
The backbone to any Bavarian celebration! Food and drinks are sold throughout the grounds and require a festival ticket for purchase. Visitors are prohibited from bringing food and beverages onto the festival grounds. This includes, but is not limited to, bier, wine and distilled spirits. All alcohol sales end 30 minutes prior to closing.
McKinney Oktoberfest’s food, beverage and activities such as the petting zoo, carnival, rock climbing, face painting, and bounce houses require a ticket. These tickets are in $1 increments and are sold at locations throughout the festival grounds and can be purchased with cash or credit card. Marktplatz vendors do not accept tickets – cash and credit card only.
SKIP THE LINE AND BUY OKTOBERFEST COUPONS AHEAD OF TIME:
Beginning Sept. 12, tickets can be purchased at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., Sheraton McKinney, 1900 Gateway Blvd., Pat Lobb Toyota of McKinney, 3350 S. Central Expy., and Market Street, 6100 W. Eldorado Pkwy.
FESTIVAL SITE MAP:
Please click here to view.
MEET THE BREWMASTER VIP EVENT
Learn more about the beer featured at Oktoberfest by purchasing tickets to a Meet the Brewmaster event. The tickets include 10 concession tickets that can be used for food or beer, a T-shirt and a beer sampling event. To purchase Meet the Brewmaster tickets and to view the scheduled sessions, click here. Tickets will be mailed out a week prior to the event, and participants must be 21 to attend.
Click here for tickets for the VIP Event
FUN STUFF FOR THE FAMILY!
McKinney Oktoberfest is designed with families in mind – hosting a variety of kid friendly activities like a petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts activities, panning for crystals, and a carnival featuring amusements geared toward younger riders. Youngsters (and Mom and Dad!) can learn to ‘chicken dance’ with two stages full of live German music and costumed dancers scheduled throughout the weekend. Saturday is Smithsonian Day Live and families can discover more about the influence of German immigrants in Texas at local Collin County History Museum and Chestnut Square – Both museums offer free admission on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE GEMUETLICHKEIT (GOODWILL) GAMES:
New to McKinney’s Oktoberfest in 2016, we’ve created the Gemuetlichkeit (goodwill) Games! It’s our fun-filled “Competition Area” on East Louisiana Street, and the contests include Bier Stein Races on Friday, the Running of the Wieners on Saturday, and Bier Barrel Rolling Races on Sunday! And if that wasn’t enough you can grab your friends and play Giant Bier Pong all three days!
Click Here for the Weenie Dog Race Registration
Experience Bavarian craftsmanship as well as traditional wares at the Arts and Crafts MarktPlatz – it’s THE place to find lasting memories of this year’s festival and gifts for the upcoming holidays!
NEED HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS?
The Sheraton McKinney is offering a special room rate to Oktoberfest attendees valid from Sept 21-26. Book online or call 866-716-8108 and ask for rate plan OKTOBER.
Shirts and shoes are required attire for festival patrons. Dirndls, lederhosen and silly hats are encouraged. Remember, smiles required!
Limited ADA Parking is available near the festival grounds in any of the City of McKinney’s free parking lots and is on a first come, first serve basis.
The Festival grounds are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware that this is a large venue with great distances between stages and event areas.
Accessible port-o-lets are available at the ends of each row of restrooms throughout the event venue. Accessible restrooms are located inside MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee Street, in the middle of the square.
Persons with disabilities and their service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for those persons with disabilities are welcome at McKinney Oktoberfest, as are those training service animals.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the policy of the City of McKinney to offer its public programs, services and meetings in a manner that are readily accessible to the everyone, including individuals with disabilities. If you a person with a disability and require an accommodation or modification, please make your request as far in advance as possible, but no less than 48 hours prior. Call 972-547-2660 or email with questions or for accommodations. Advance notification within this guideline will enable to the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.
If you have a disability and require an accommodation at the event, please alert the staff at the Info/Souvenir/Ticket Booth located on East Louisiana. Requests will be addressed as reasonably and quickly as possible.
Seating is provided in stage entertainment areas as well as around the square proper. Patrons may not bring personal seating (such as bag chairs) onto the festival grounds.
Pets are allowed, however, they must be on a leash at all times. The City of McKinney requires pet owners to clean up after their pets – we greatly appreciate your cooperation.
City of McKinney EMTs are on duty on the festival grounds at all times. The First Aid Station location is in the basement gallery of the McKinney Performing Arts Center and is designated on the map.
FOUND CHILDREN’S AREA:
The basement gallery of the McKinney Performing Arts Center serves as the Found Children/Lost Parents location.
There are multiple ATMs on site. They are identified as “dollar signs” on the site map.
There are several restroom locations within the festival grounds and in the basement of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. These locations are identified on the site map.
DO’S and DON’TS:
In the interest of public safety, please help us out by not bringing coolers, food, drinks, contraband, illegal weapons (those devices or instruments prohibited by Penal Code, Chapter 46 or not authorized by license to carry statutes), weapons, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, laser pointers, aerial drones, or Frisbees.
Unauthorized sales, solicitations, and distributions are prohibited.
Persons entering the site may be subject to search for any prohibited items. McKinney Oktoberfest reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person violating the facility, local, state or federal laws or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by festival management.
Persons entering the Oktoberfest site grant McKinney Main Street and the City of McKinney permission to use his or her name and likeness for any event-related publicity or advertising purposes.
Per City of McKinney ordinance, no smoking allowed within 25 feet of any building entrance.
McKinney Oktoberfest could not happen without our wonderful volunteers (Freiwillige!). For more info please visit our Volunteer page.
LOST AND FOUND:
The basement gallery of the McKinney Performing Arts Center serves as the festival’s Lost and Found location. Lost and Found items are kept there until the festival closes on Sunday night. After the festival ends, please call 972-547-2683 to inquire about lost and found items.
If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please visit our Vendor Information page
111 N. Tennessee Street