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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 22,  4 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23, 10  a.m. to 11 p.m. 
  • Sunday, September 24, Noon to 5 p.m.

Getting There:

The festival address is 111 N. Tennessee St., in Historic Downtown McKinney

Parking:

Free parking in the available in the downtown lots and locations are identified on the parking map.

Shuttle Service:                                                                                                                                                        

Complimentary shuttle service is offered during the event. Festival goers can park off-site at First McKinney Baptist Church, 1615 W. Louisiana St., and enjoy round trip transportation. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes.

  • Friday - 4 to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday - 1 to 5 p.m.

Lyft or Uber:

The designated zone for drop-offs and pick-ups is the west side of Mitchell Park on Benge Street between Louisiana and Virginia.

Admissions:

Admission to McKinney Oktoberfest is free to everyone! Some activities may require coupons (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 coupon for purchase. Visitors are prohibited from bringing food and beverages onto the festival grounds. This includes, but is not limited to, bier and wine. All alcohol sales end 30 minutes before closing. Skip the Lines and buy Oktoberfest tickets ahead of time.

Coupons:

McKinney Oktoberfest’s food, beverage and activities such as the petting zoo, carnival, rock climbing, face painting, and bounce houses require a coupon. These coupons 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 coupons- cash and credit card only.

Skip the Line and Buy Oktoberfest Coupons Ahead of Time: 

Beginning September 8, advance tickets can be purchased at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) box office located at 111 N. Tennessee Street.  Advance tickets will also be available at the McKinney Market Street store, 6100 W. Eldorado Pkwy, during the weekends leading up to the event.  Purchase tickets online

Meet the Brewmaster VIP Event:

Learn more about the beer featured at Oktoberfest by signing up for our free Meet the Brewmaster sessions. Brewmasters from Tupps and Franconia will be on hand to tell their story and share insight on their beer making techniques. These sessions are free to attend but are limited to the first 30 people who register online. Participants must be 21 to attend. Register for a Brewmaster session now to reserve your seat! 

Seating: 

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.

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.

Proper Attire: 


Shirts and shoes are required attire for festival patrons. Dirndls, lederhosen, and silly hats are encouraged. Remember, smiles required!

Rain: 

Oktoberfest continues rain or shine, and no rain dates are scheduled. This is an outdoor event in Texas during September; weather changes rapidly so be prepared and plan accordingly.

ADA Facilities:

  • Parking
    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.  
  • Accessibility
    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.
  • Service Animals
    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. 
    If you have a disability and require an accommodation at this kiosk, please alert the attendant.  Requests will be addressed as reasonably and quickly as possible.

    Learn more about the City of McKinney's ADA accessibility compliance.

Pets: 

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.

First Aid: 

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.

ATM $$$: 

There are multiple ATMs on site. They are identified as "dollar signs" on the site map.

Restrooms: 


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, large backs, backpacks, food, drinks, contraband, 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.

Marktplatz/Concessionaire Participation: 


If you're interested in becoming a vendor, please visit our Vendor Information page.

Volunteer: 


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.

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Contact Us: 


McKinney Oktoberfest
111 N. Tennessee Street
972-547-2660
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