Welcome To Island Oktoberfest!
October 26-27, 2018!

In 2018 We Celebrate The 37th Annual Edition of Galveston Island’s Oktoberfest
Friday 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am -11:00 pm

Photo by Robyn Bushong

Galveston’s premier fall festival – the 37th Annual Island Oktoberfest  –  kicks off Friday evening, October 26 from 5-11pm;  and continues Saturday, October 27 from 11 am – 11 pm.

This fun, family weekend will feature: continuous live entertainment on 3 stages, an expanded menu of authentic German food and libations, Cake Wheel, shopping for fine arts, crafts and gifts in the historic 1860 Lyceum, a lively auction, new and exciting fun, family children’s activities, and much more.

Galveston Island OktoberfestOktoberfest will be held on the grounds of and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie – in historic downtown Galveston.. Admission is free.  German costumes encouraged. This year, festival goers can look forward to more of everything … that is German! Island Oktoberfest, hosted by First Evangelical Lutheran Church and co-sponsored by Del Papa Distributing Company, will open Friday evening with themed-Bier Garten venues – featuring a variety of both German and domestic brews and a variety of German-style wines. Again, this year, Oktoberfest will feature special beer and wine tastings – paired with a delightful array of appetizers. In addition to great music and dancing, there will be superb food including smoked sausage, bratwurst, knockwurst, and “Wurstabendessen“- a sausage dinner comprised of German-style and Polish style Wurst with all the traditional German side dishes. This special German Dinner will be available both Friday evening and on Saturday. For a sweet finale, homemade Helga’s strudel (freshly baked on site), will be offered in addition to a variety of tempting home-made desserts  – specially prepared by congregation members from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Hand-made pretzels, freshly-popped popcorn, and a variety of soft drinks will also be sold at the festival.

The historic and beautifully-renovated circa 1860 Galveston Lyceum will again be open Friday evening and from  on Saturday with vendors showcasing exceptional hand-crafted arts, crafts, and gift items for those festival goers eager to get a head start on holiday shopping. Because Oktoberfest continues to be one of the vendors’ most enjoyable and popular venues, regular attendees can look forward to shopping at their long-time favorite booths – each featuring Christmas and other special gift items.

Island Oktoberfest admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to dress in German costume. No animals will be allowed on the festival grounds. For more information, call 409.762.8477, or follow the event on Facebook at Island Oktoberfest. All proceeds benefit programs and outreach for First Lutheran Church in Galveston – including FeedGalveston an initiative that provides nutritious, ready-to-prepare meals for those in Galveston County who are food insecure. In addition proceeds benefit Fanfare! Lutheran Music Academy, a non-profit organization established by First Lutheran Church that provides high quality, low-cost music, art and drama education for Galveston youth.

Photo By Robyn Bushong

ISLAND OKTOBERFEST IS A FREE EVENT!
See Entertainnment Schedule Below!

Galveston Oktoberfest Schedule of FREE Events

Oct 26

Music Stage: Yodel Blitz

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Oct 26

Family Stage: Das Ist Lustig & Valina Polka

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Oct 26

Courtyard: TubaMeisters

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 26

Music Stage: Thunder Pants

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Oct 26

Family Stage: Dujka Brothers

October 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Oct 26

Courtyard: Yodel Blitz

October 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 26

Courtyard: TubaMeisters

October 26 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Oct 27

Music Stage: TubaMeisters

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 27

Family Stage: Das Ist Lustig & Valina Polka

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 27

LYCEUM SHOPPING!

Lyceum Shopping

The historic and beautifully-renovated circa 1860 Lyceum will again be open from 5-9pm Friday evening and from 11am-7pm on Saturday with vendors showcasing exceptional hand-crafted arts, crafts, and gift items for those festival goers eager to get a head start on holiday shopping. Because Oktoberfest continues to be one of the vendors' most enjoyable and popular venues, regular attendees can look forward to shopping at their long-time favorite booths- each featuring Christmas and other special gift items. As well, shoppers always look forward to knowing that their favorite vendors have returned to showcase their best products. Vendors for the 2018 Island … [Read More & See List of Vendors...]

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