The 2nd annual Celina Oktoberfest celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the historic downtown square at West Walnut and North Ohio Streets in Celina. This family friendly event is scheduled rain or shine.
Produced by the Greater Celina Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Landmark Bank, Celina Oktoberfest features live performances from festive bands including The Royal Klobasneks and The Dogensteins, a tempting assortment of traditional German foods, and a Biergarten boasting a bountiful selection of bubbling brews.
Celina Oktoberfest will kick off with a ceremonial tapping of the keg and traditional toast. Events follow throughout the day and evening. A bratwurst-eating contest, a Dachshund Derby dog race, stein-holding and beer-pong competitions are scheduled. The day’s top college football games will be shown on a giant screen in the square. Adults and children can participate in Chicken Dance circles and traditional German costume contests. Youngsters can enjoy bounce houses, an obstacle course, pumpkin- and cookie-decorating activities and interact with unicorn ponies in the free Kids’ Zone.
Authentic German delicacies and other culinary treats are offered at Celina Oktoberfest by a variety of food and beverage purveyors including Po’ Boy Place, Papa’s Homemade Ice Cream, Conway’s Corn Dogs, and Shuckers Roasted Corn. Among the numerous merchandise vendors are Rustic Ranch Décor, A Fresh Perspective, Chalk Couture, and Isla Grace Boutique.
Celina Oktoberfest general admission tickets cost $5. Children age 12 and under are admitted free, as is any attendee who wears traditional German attire (lederhosen or a dirndl costume) to the festival. Tickets are available at the gate on the day of the event (cash only) as well as online in advance of the event.
Free parking and shuttles are available at Celina High School, 3455 N. Preston Road, and at Celina's Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, 675 Sunset Blvd. Limited free parking is also available adjacent to the square at West Pecan Street and North Louisiana Drive. Paid parking ($20) is located at the Celina ISD Administration Building, 205 S. Colorado Street.
Alcoholic-drink tickets ($1 each) are available at the ticket booth during the festival (four tickets for a 12-ounce beer; six tickets for 16 ounces). Commemorative half-liter beer steins ($10) can be purchased and used at Celina Oktoberfest or kept as a souvenir.
For advance-purchase tickets, additional information and updates about Celina Oktoberfest, visit www.celinaoktoberfest.com.