Did you know that the tradition of Oktoberfest began as an extravagant royal wedding celebration in Munich in 1810? Today, it has turned into a worldwide celebration of stereotypical German culture. Festivals may be held from mid-September clear through to the end of October. You can expect to find plenty of sausage and beer, and possibly even a few dedicated fellows dressed in dirndls and lederhosen! If you are planning to participate in one of these festivals, which can be found in many cities all over North Texas, make sure you go prepared. Weather dependent, these festivals are frequently held over the weekend, often taking over an entire downtown area in the celebration. Autumn in Texas remains quite warm, so be sure to stay hydrated while you are eating, drinking, and enjoying the outdoor party. Be sure to wear sunscreen – just because it is no longer summer, doesn’t mean a day in the sun can’t result in a sunburn! You may even find it beneficial to wear loose, long sleeve clothing to keep your skin cool and covered through the festivities. Take breaks to sit down, cool off, and take in the scene. You’re sure to see some fun and interesting things!