Oktoberfest in Virginia
Celebrate German beer, food and fall at a Virginia Oktoberfest in September or October 2016.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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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 $15 and includes a free drink ticket, larger pour and $1 off each beer for the entire weekend. Beer sample glasses with logo holding two ounces for $5. Beer samples are 1 ticket ($1). 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
Lovettsville Oktoberfest – Lovettsville, VA – September 24, 2016
Live music, beer, food vendors and games. Much of the event is free, including parking, admission, shuttles, music, dancing and kinderfest. Location: E Broad Way and S Loudoun St, Lovettsville, VA 20180
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
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
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
Mountain Lake Oktoberfest – Pembroke, VA – October 16-17, 2015
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
Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival – Virginia Beach, VA – October 17-18, 2015
50 breweries will offer samples of craft beer. Live music also.
Location: 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach, VA
Oktoberfest Reston – Reston, VA – October 10-11, 2015
The Reston Oktoberfest ran by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce includes live music, Great Pumpkin 5K, chili cookoff, food from local restaurants and seasonal beers on tap.
Location: Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St Reston, VA 20190
Oktoberfest Warm-Up – Fort Belvoir, VA – September 25, 2015
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest – Last Year’s Date: October 2-5, 2014
This 18th 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
Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest – Staunton, VA – October 3-4, 2015
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion. Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401
Capital Ale House Oktoberfest – Fredericksburg, VA – October 3, 2015
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.
Capitol City Oktoberfest – Shirlington, VA – October 3, 2015
This 16th 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
Strasburg Oktoberfest – Strasburg, VA – October 3, 2015
Haymarket Oktoberfest – Haymarket, VA – October 18, 2014
German food, beer, biergarten and live music. German costume contests and Halloween costume contest. Kids activity area has pumpkin painting and other children’s fun.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company – Roseland – Sept 25, 2014
Special menu and craft beer from 11:30 AM to 10 PM.
Downtown Clarksville – October 3, 2014
Beer garden with live music, food and fall craft beer from 7-10 PM.
Capital Ale House Oktoberfest – Richmond, VA – September 27, 2014
Capital Ale House will celebrate Oktoberfest in Richmond 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: 623 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219.
Bier Garden – Portsmouth, VA – October 4, 2014
Wintergreen Performing Arts Oktoberfest – Wintergreen Resort, VA – September 14, 2013
Family event with German food, oompah music and local microbrewery beers in a beer garden. Admission is $20 per person, which includes unlimited tastings and 3 full glasses of beer. Non-drinker admission is $5 which includes two soft drinks. Food is purchased separate.
Location: Wintergreen Resort • Route 664, Wintergreen, VA 22958
AmRhein’s Oktoberfest – Bent Mountain, VA – October 5, 2013
Wine tasting, dancing, barrel rolling and riding competitions. Advance tickets (through October 4) are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 21.
Location: 9243 Patterson Drive, Bent Mountain, Virginia 24059
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.
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