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Oktoberfest returns to McKinney later this month, with beers, brats, schnitzels and live music

The festival is on tap for Sept. 24-26 in downtown McKinney.

McKinney is getting ready to welcome back Oktoberfest.

The three-day festival begins Sept. 24 in downtown McKinney, with authentic German music, food and drink, children’s activities and more, according to a city news release.

The lineup includes:

  • Authentic German food including brats, sausages, schnitzel, strudel, funnel cakes and roasted almonds.
  • Biers and Wines of Oktoberfest: Guests can enjoy German beers from Hofbräu, Franconia and TUPPS Brewery. Wine from Landon Winery and Lone Star Cellars will be available.
  • Live entertainment: Polka bands and live entertainers on three stages located throughout downtown.
  • Keg tapping and parade: The annual keg tapping tradition is Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Prost Stage.
  • Marktplatz: Bavarian craftsmanship, as well as traditional wares, will be available for purchase at the Arts and Crafts Marktplatz.
  • Meet the brewmaster sessions: Learn more about the craft beer served at McKinney Oktoberfest at TUPPS Brewery on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. (Must be 21 or older to attend.)
  • 14th annual weenie dog races: Over 70 weenie dogs and wannabes (all other breeds) will meet on Sept. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. to determine who will be the top dog.
  • Hofbräu “Masskrugstemmen” stein holding competition: A strength competition will feature participants holding glass steins filled with beer on Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Third Annual TUPPS Brat Eating Competition: On Sept. 26 from 3 to 4 p.m., find out who will eat the most brats in eight minutes.

McKinney Oktoberfest concession tickets can be purchased online for food, beer and activities before the festival. Beginning Saturday, concession tickets can be purchased at McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., and Market Street, 6100 W. Eldorado Parkway.

Anna Caplan, Special Contributor. Anna Caplan covers McKinney, Southlake, Grapevine and Colleyville. For nearly 10 years, she wrote restaurant reviews for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and her work has appeared in 360 West, Eater Dallas, Edible DFW, A+C magazine, D CEO, GlobeSt.com and Houstonia magazine. She was the founding editor of the websites PureWow Dallas and Racked Dallas.

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