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Oktoberfest in Virginia

Celebrate German beer, food and fall at a Virginia Oktoberfest in September or October 2016.

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2016 Events

St. Benedict Oktoberfest – Richmond, VA – September 16-18, 2016
This Richmond Oktoberfest was started in 2005 by Saint Benedict Parish. Free admission to the event which German music, dancing, food and beverages. Double arm stein holding contest. Shop in the Christkindlmarkt. Activities available for all ages. Kid’s area has many activities including a moon bounce. They will have commemorative steins for purchase on site
at the festival for $20 and includes a free drink ticket, larger pour and $1 off each beer for the entire weekend. Beer sample glasses with logo for $5. Beer samples are 2 tickets ($2). On street parking is permitted with limited parking available at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts parking deck for $5. Please leave your pets at home. Location: 300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond, VA 23221

Devils Backbone O’fest – Roseland, VA – Sept 18, 2016

Lovettsville Oktoberfest – Lovettsville, VA – September 24, 2016
Celebrate Lovettsville’s rich German heritage with authentic German cuisine, live music performances, street performers, beer, wine and more. The Lovettsville Oktoberfest will kick off it’s 23rd year with a hearty pancake breakfast, followed by the tapping of the beer kegs. Enjoy traditional Bavarian music and dance performances under the Main Tent with the Alte Kameraden and the Alpine Dancers. Head over to the Weiner Dog Races to cheer on your favorite pup. The kids will enjoy an expanded Kinderfest with FREE games and activities. Savor the authentic German food of the Washington Saengerbund. Shop your way
through over 120 art, crafts, and service vendors lining the streets. Admission is FREE, parking is FREE, trolleys are FREE, and the all day entertainment is FREE. Location: E Broad Way and S Loudoun St, Lovettsville, VA 20180

Rotary Club of Blackstone Oktoberfest – Blackstone, VA – Sept 24, 2016

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest – Richmond, VA – September 24, 2016

Hoppy Oktoberfest – Falls Church, VA – Sept 24, 2016

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest – Harrisonburg, VA – September 25, 2016

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest – Fort Belvoir, VA – September 29- Oct 2, 2016
This 20th annual Oktoberfest is a four day festival of German food, beer, music and dancing. Includes 10K walk and 5K challenge, carnival, kinder korner kids activity area, 21+ beer tent, Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest contest and more.
Location: Fremont Field, Constitution Rd and Goethals Rd, Fort Belvoir, VA, 22309, Fort Belvoir, VA

Vienna Oktoberfest – Vienna, VA – October 1, 2016
An annual event on the first Saturday in October from 11 AM to 7 PM. Celebrating its 9th year in 2016. Oktoberfest drinks, food. Live entertainment on two stages including a main stage for music and a children’s stages. Family friendly games and children’s activities will also be available. Hosted by the Vienna Business Association. Free admission and entertainment. Pay as you go. Location: Church Street, Vienna VA

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest – Fredericksburg, VA – October 1, 2016
Capital Ale House will celebrate Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg with Virginia beers, German food, live music, German dancers and Kinderplatz with kids activities. $2 cover charge benefits a local charity. Families are welcome but parent/guardian must accompany those under 21.
Location: 917 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA.

Strasburg Oktoberfest – Strasburg, VA – October 1, 2016

Capitol City Oktoberfest – Shirlington, VA – October 1, 2016
This 17th annual Northern Virginia Oktoberfest will take place at The Village at Shirlington with 65+ breweries, authentic German band and food. Free to attend but $30 to sample beer (includes wristband, tasting glass and 10 tickets).
Location: 4001 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Martinsville Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival – Martinsville, VA – October 1, 2016
The 37th anniversary of this family friendly street festival will be held on Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Beer garden with craft beer and German food. There will also be entertainment and on site food vendors. Children’s activities include petting zoo, carnival rides and inflatable bounce houses. Two streets of vendors selling arts and crafts, fine art, jewelry, home accents, holiday items and more. Free admission. Location: Church Street and Main Street in Uptown Martinsville

Clarksville Harvest Festival – October 1, 2016
Harvest festival has Oktoberfest Beer garden with live music, food and fall craft beer. It will be Saturday in 2016 rather than Friday.

Intellectual Disabilities Agency Oktoberfest – Blacksburg, VA – October 1, 2016

Bier Garden Oktoberfest – Portsmouth, VA – October 1, 2016

Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest – October 1, 2016
An Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk. Starts at Westlake Town Center at 10:30 AM with trail race ending at the Oktoberfest. Beer festival runs from noon to 5 PM. Live entertainment by The Mountain Top Polka Band. Special beer by Sunken City Brewery. Family friendly with children’s play area. Admission for adults is $5. Race registration is $25.

Martin’s Oktoberfest Block Party – Roanoke, VA – Oct 1-2, 2016

AmRhein’s Oktoberfest – Bent Mountain, VA – October 8, 2016
Wine tasting, dancing, barrel rolling and riding competitions.
Location: 9243 Patterson Drive, Bent Mountain, Virginia 24059

Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest – Staunton, VA – October 8, 2016
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion. Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401

Alliance Annual Oktoberfest – Williamsburg, VA – October 8, 2016

Oktoberfest Reston – Reston, VA – October 8-9, 2016
The Reston Oktoberfest ran by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce includes live music, chili cookoff, food from local restaurants and seasonal beers on tap. Sunday is the Pumpkin 5K and Kid’s Pumpkin Dash.
Location: Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St Reston, VA 20190

Middleburg Oktoberfest – Middleburg, VA – October 15, 2016

Richmond Oktoberfest – Mechanicsville, VA – October 21-22, 2016
48th annual family friendly event held indoors in the Old Dominion building, which is decorated with German flare. It claims to be the largest German-American festival in the state of Virginia, welcoming 5,000 over the two days. There is a large dance floor and stage for musical entertainment. Food options include Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Broiled Chicken, Pork Roast, Sauerkraut, pretzels and more.
Location: 600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, Virginia 23222

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival – Virginia Beach, VA – October 22-23, 2016
50 breweries will offer samples of craft beer. Live music also.
Location: 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach, VA

Mountain Lake Oktoberfest – Pembroke, VA – October 28, 2016
A Bavarian Bash and Harvest Festival with German food and beer, live music and family friendly entertainment. Reservations required. $10 cover charge.
Location: Mountain Lake Lodge, 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136

2015 Events

Big Lick Oktoberfest – Roanoke, VA – October 10, 2015

Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest German festivals for Oktoberfest in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, 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.

Find other fun things to do in Virginia in October:

Virginia Festivals
Virginia Corn Mazes
Virginia Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Virginia
Virginia Pumpkin Patches

4 COMMENTS

  1. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
    I,Sarin Grill,am a food vendor of Thai and Chinese food from Alexandria,VA and I would like to participate in the :-
    -St. Benedict Oktoberfest
    Richmond, VA
    September 21-23, 2012
    -Lovettsville Oktoberfest
    Lovettsville, VA
    September 28-30, 2012
    -Vienna Oktoberfest
    Vienna, VA
    October 6, 2012
    -Martinsville Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival
    Martinsville, VA
    October 6, 2012
    -Richmond Oktoberfest
    Mechanicsville, VA
    October 26-27, 2012
    I would be grateful if you could send me the application for the event/address mentioned above.Please send it at your earliest convenience.
    Thank you for your consideration
    Cordially Yours,

    Description of all food and drinks for sale
    -Teriyaki Chicken on a stick $6.00
    -Vegetable Fried Rice $5.00
    -Vegetable Fried Lomein $5.00
    -Pad Thai $6.00
    -Veggie Egg Roll 2 For$3.00
    -Lemonade $5.00
    -water and Soda $1.00

    • As I’m not involved with the events, I don’t have their food vendor applications. Try clicking on the hyperlink for the events and send them an email. I’m sure that the Oktoberfests that you list would love to have you.

  2. Capitol Alehouse in Fredericksburg does NOT have an Oktoberfest event on 22 September. Cap Alehouse has four locations and is holding them in different locations (Harrisonburg on 22 September…etc) and dates. Also the dates for the Ft Belvoir event are incorrect. Ft Belvoir is hosting its event Thursday, 4 October to Sunday 7 October…not 29 Sep – 2 Oct (which would be Saturday to Tuesday). Please update the site. Thanks for the varied info though.

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