From the sound of sizzling bratwurst to the serenade of an accordion duo, Old Town Burleson will be all-things German this weekend during the city’s first Oktoberfest.
Hosted by small-business owners, Lori and Jamie Moore and Brooke and Melissa Mathis, Oktoberfest runs from 3-9 p.m. Saturday at 138 N. Wilson St.
“We wanted to bring some attention to businesses on this side of Old Town,” Lori Moore said. “We have some great businesses here so we wanted to show everyone what we are all about.”
General admission tickets cost $15 each. For general admission plus 12 beer tastings, tickets cost $25. Children 8 and under are free.
Lori Moore said each sample is a 2-ounce pour. Guests will be able to purchase additional sample cards or full-size beers during Oktoberfest.
There will be 15 breweries on-site, as well as four food trucks and 30 vendors.
Breweries include Bishop Cider Co., Cowtown Brewing Co., Legal Draft Beer Company, Locust Cider, Tupps Brewery, Texas Ale Project, Woodcreek Brewing Company, Panther Island Brewing, Shiner Beers, Lakewood Brewing Co., Four Corners Brewing Co., Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Real Ale Brewing Co., Community Beer Co. and Revolver Brewing.
Food truck vendors include Just Encased: German Brats & Sausages, Sandwiches Around the World and Lillian’s Barbeque.
In addition to the Together Accordion Duo, entertainment will also be provided by Prophets & Outlaws, Andrew Sevener and Jesse Jennings.
There will also be a costume contest.
“We are looking forward to having a great time seeing everyone come out to support the community,” Lori Moore said.
The first 500 guests who show up with a general admission ticket plus tastings will receive a free beer stein.
There will also be kid-friendly games, face painting, yard games and a photo booth.
While there will be parking available around Old Town, and a shuttle from the Nola Dunn Academy parking lot, Lori Moore said she encourages guests to take advantage of rideshare services.
“Because there is an opportunity to buy alcohol, we ask that you have a safe ride home,” she said. “Also, the local Burleson hotels are offering a discount for those who want to stay in Burleson so they don’t have to drive home.”
A portion of the net proceeds of Oktoberfest will benefit The Cooper Max Foundation, which provides support to children and families affected by childhood cancer.
The foundation delivers 15-20 baskets monthly to newly diagnosed families at the request of Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth and provides support for extracurricular activities at hospitals and families burdened with funeral expenses that result from childhood cancer.
Vendor opportunities for Oktoberfest are still available. Those interested are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for Oktoberfest must be purchased online by Friday at burlesonoktoberfest.com.