Maryland has almost one million residents claiming German heritage. As a result, you can count on it to throw some great festivals for Oktoberfest in Maryland. Here are the ones that I found:
Das Best Oktoberfest – Washington, DC – September 27-28, 2013
This Maryland Oktoberfest is a stone’s throw from Washington, DC. It will have over 150 beers, wines and schnapps. They’ve done away with the tokens and its all you care to taste. Friday night oompah party with German sausage platter dinner. 2 live music stages with Miss Oktoberfest competition, best beer belly competition and pretzel necklace contest. Wear german attire and get a free beer lanyard.
Location: The National Harbor, Maryland
Das Best Oktoberfest – Baltimore, MD – October 19, 2013
Kick off beer week with this all you can taste Baltimore Oktoberfest.
Location: M & T Stadium Parking Lot
Frederick’s Oktoberfest – Frederick, MD – September 28-29, 2013
Oktoberfest bier, bratwurst, dancing, live music and children’s activities to benefit Frederick County charities and local organizations.
Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E Patrick St Frederick, MD 21705
Germantown Oktoberfest – Clarksburg, MD – October 5, 2013
Live music, food and Oktoberfest biergarten serving Warsteiner and Samuel Adams’ Octoberfest. Admission is free.
Location: High Point Farm, 23730 Frederick Rd Clarksburg, MD 20871
Crabtoberfest – Cambridge, MD – October 5, 2013
German beer, food, music and dancing. Serving Paulaner beer, Sam Adams Octoberfest and Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. General admission is $5.
Location: 200 Byrn St Cambridge, MD 21613
Charles County Oktoberfest – La Plata, MD
Live music, dancing, German beer and food. Contests include Miss Oktoberfest, biggest beer belly, stein holding, keg toss and the carry your wife contest. Children’s activities include moon bounce, face painting and other activities.
Location: Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd La Plata, MD 20646
Berlin Oktoberfest – Berlin, MD – October 19, 2013
Location: Historical downtown Berlin, Maryland
Oktoberfest at the Kentlands – Gaithersburg, MD – October 13, 2013
The 22nd annual Oktoberfest will expand to include locations along Main Street and Market Square. Includes Beer Garden, Wine Terrace, German food and live music with dancers. Family friendly activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting and more. Locations connected by trolley.
Location: Kentlands Village Green, 320 Kent Square Rd , Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Blob’s Park Oktoberfest – Saturdays from September 21 – October 26, 2013
Live music and dancers at this spacious hall with over 80 beers from around the world and German & American cuisine. Admission is $12.
Location: 8024 Max Blobs Park Road – Jessup, Maryland 20794
Chesapeake Bay Community Band Annual Oktoberfest – Stevensville, MD - September 28, 2013
Their 3rd annual Oktoberfest will have live German band, all you can eat buffet of German food, dancing and silent auction.
Location: American Legion Post 278, 800 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County – Westminster, MD – September 28-29, 2013
German food, beer, live music and kids activities like pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making and the chicken dance contest.
Location: Danele Shipley Memorial Arena, 706 Agriculture Center Dr, Westminster, MD 21157
Maryland State Fall Samboree Oktoberfest – Frederick, MD – October 25-27, 2013
Location: 797 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21705
Try my list of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States for more German heritage festivals. You should also check the lists of nearby states that celebrate Oktoberfest: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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