Where: Austin, Texas Time: 01 PM - 06 PM AUSTOBERFEST promises to be one of the year’s best celebrations; a rousing biergarten party with all the foamy fun and frivolity that millions of beer lovers across the world have come to enjoy since the start of the tradition in 1810. Spend an autumn afternoon strolling the grounds of Saengerrunde Halle (a National Historic Site and home to the oldest ethnic organization in Austin) while sampling special seasonal beers from award-winning German breweries Paulaner and Hacker Pchorr (including Paulaner’s 'Oktoberfest Wiesn', brewed just once a year in honor of Oktoberfest) and enjoy a ceremonial keg tapping. The Oktoberfest tradition is an important part of Bavarian culture and fun is what the Oktoberfest is all about! AUSTOBERFEST will feature live music from acclaimed Austin vaudevillian musical ensemble White Ghost Shivers, celebrated Austin polka band Off the Grid and Austin honky-tonk / bluegrass The Possum Posse as well as access to the rooftop biergarten and free bowling at the on-site Saengerrunde Bowling Club. As early as 1850, Germans constituted more than 5 percent of the total Texas population, a proportion that remained constant through the remainder of the nineteenth century. AUSTOBERFEST is an opportunity for the Austin Saengerrunde and Foodways Texas to share German-Texan heritage through food, beer and music. Proceeds from Austin Saengerrunde's AUSTOBERFEST will benefit Foodways Texas, an organization founded by scholars, chefs, journalists, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers, and other citizens of the state of Texas who have made it their mission to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.