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Oktoberfest 2011 Addison

26 Aug

Ever wonder why Oktoberfest is always in September?! I don’t know about you, but I just always noticed that! It turns out that they schedule the Addison Oktoberfest at this time to coincide with the opening of the world-renown Oktoberfest celebration IN Munich. It is a 16-day festival which ends on the first weekend in October. More than 5 million people attend the famous event held in Germany each year as it is an important part of Bavarian culture. (You get the opportunity to enter to win a free trip for 2 to the 2012 Munich Oktoberfest!) Free Fact: The original Oktoberfest occurred in Munich on Oct. 12, 1810.

This Festival is one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich! For years Addison has been recognized for both it’s great 4th of July Fireworks display and their annual Oktoberfest which attracts more than 60,000 fans. According to USA Today Addison Oktoberfest is listed as one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests in North America!

Don't come half-steppin' - FRESH

The dates for Addison Oktoberfest 2011 are September 15 – 18. It always begins on a Thursday and ends on a Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased at a discount price from any DFW Albertsons for $5. Gate admission for the entire weekend are as follows:

Thursday 9/15, 6pm – 11pm: FREE
Friday, 9/16, 6pm – Midnight: $10
Saturday, 9/17, Noon – 5pm: $5
Saturday, 9/17, 5pm – Midnight: $10
Sunday, 9/18, Noon – 5pm: $5

What can you expect at Oktoberfest?
Traditional German food and beverages, Authentic Munich beer, Arts & Crafts vendors, Live entertainment in the Family Fun Zone (i.e. obstacle courses, slide, bounce house, etc.) Outdoor Music and folk-dancing, Carnival rides, midway games, wine tasting.

Bavarian Pretzels

One tip of advice: If you’d like to go early one day and come back in the evening with more frieds, just make sure to have your hand stamped before you leave and you can return free of charge that same day. Whether you go Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Oktoberfest at Addison Circle is something you should experience at least ONCE in your life! Learn more about the German culture and have a great time with the entire family. The food is delicious by the way! I can’t begin to describe all of it. It’s just something you have to experience but expect a LOT of starch and meat!

It's not a festival without Funnel Cake

Addison Oktoberfest will kick off with the Addison Oktoberfest Run for the Children 5K/1M to support Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer. You can run, walk, start your own team or volunteer Saturday Sept 17th at 8/8:30am. For more information on the 26th Annual Tom Thumb WOKC Run for the Children click here!

Oktoberfest Location:
Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle Drive

Dallas Arboretum 2011 Fall Concerts Sept 4 – Oct 27

25 Aug

Summer is very slowly coming to a close but the Dallas Arboretum’s Fall Concert series are just revving up. Sometimes even after we’ve changed seasons, it still feels summer-like in North Texas, but what better time to attend more outdoor concerts than in the fall when the temperatures are just right. Concerts at the Arboretum ran through spring and summer months, and now after a few weeks to break, the return in September with the 2011 Line-up. All throughout September and October Concerts at the Arboretum will take place on a weekly bases from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. So in addition to being the perfect park setting with the array of flowers, trees and even the nearby lake, the Dallas Arboretum is providing you with Live music by various bands. These are Free concerts, but will be worth your money for the entire family to attend and maybe even picnic together. The typical ticket prices for non-members are: $17 for kids (ages 3-13) and $25 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online, and all tickets are checked upon entry to the gardens. Season passes and Genre passes are also available. The Fall Thursdays Season pass gets you into 7 performances at $105 (non-members) or $42 for members.

Concerts at the Aboretum start back up Sept 4

The fall version of Concerts at the Arboretum will kick off with a Labor Day weekend Concert (& Picnic) at 7pm featuring the “kings of Texas swing” Asleep at the Wheel. Sunday September 4th it all begins at the Dallas Arboretum. After that the concerts will be every Thursday, throughout the months of September and October. Gates open at 6pm so you can grab your spots early and get all set up with your mats, blankets, picnic items, etc. The Dallas Arboretum is located at: 8528 Garland Road, Dallas 75218.


Sunday, 9/4…..…Asleep at the Wheel (Swing music)
Thurs, 9/15…….Hard Night’s Day (Beatles Tribute)
Thur, 9/22…….Dallas Unlimited (Top Hits of the Decades)
Thur, 9/29……..Max Stalling (Country Singer/Songwriter)

Thur, 10/6………Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi Tribute)
Thur, 10/13.…….4 Way Street (CSNY Tribute)
Thur, 10/20…….Signed, Sealed Delivered (Party and Dance Hits)
Thur, 10/27………Micky & the Motorcars (Texas Country)

During one of my shoots earlier this year at the Arboretum

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