Enjoy the fun at 2013 Oktoberfest in Virginia festivals. Recruit your friends to attend one of these Oktoberfest celebrations. If you do, you’ll probably find that there are more than one million people claiming to be German in September and October. You may be dispersed, but 16 Oktoberfests in Virginia is a pretty healthy amount. Look one up and head on over:
Richmond Oktoberfest – Mechanicsville, VA – October 18-19, 2013
This 45th Richmond Virginia Oktoberfest will be held at the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond International Raceway for the first time in 2013. German food, Bavarian Bier Garten with Warsteiner and Sam Adams Octoberfest, German dance music and folk dancers. Supervised kids games will take place in Kinder Korner.
Location: 600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, Virginia 23222
Capitol City Oktoberfest – Shirlington, VA – October 5, 2013
This 14th annual Northern Virginia Oktoberfest will take place at The Village at Shirlington with 50+ breweries, authentic German band and food. Free to attend but $25 to sample beer (includes wristband, tasting glass and 10 tickets).
Location: 4001 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
Capital Ale House – Fredericksburg & Richmond, VA
Capital Ale House will celebrate Oktoberfest in Richmond on September 21st and Fredericksburg in September 28th. 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.
Oktoberfest Reston – Reston, VA – October 11-13, 2013
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
Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival – Virginia Beach, VA – October 19-20, 2013
50 breweries will offer samples of craft beer. Live music also.
Location: 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach, VA
Strasburg Oktoberfest – Strasburg, VA – October 5, 2013
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest – Fort Belvoir, VA – October 3-6, 2013
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
Lovettsville Oktoberfest – Lovettsville, VA – September 27-29, 2013
Live music, beer, food vendors and games. Keg tapping ceremony on Saturday at Noon. Contests include stein hoisting, stein hauling and the wiener dog races.
Location: E Broad Way and S Loudoun St, Lovettsville, VA 20180
Martinsville Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival – Martinsville, VA – October 5, 2013
Family friendly street festival with food, entertainemnt and vendors.
Location: Church Street and Main Street in Uptown Martinsville
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
Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest – Staunton, VA – October 5, 2013
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion.
Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401
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
St. Benedict Oktoberfest – Richmond, VA – September 20-22, 2013
This Richmond Oktoberfest was started in 2005 by Saint Benedict Parish. Free admission to German music, dancing, food and beverages. They will have commemorative steins for purchase, as well as beer sample glasses.
Location: 300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond, VA 23221
Mountain Lake Oktoberfest – Pembroke, VA – October 11-13, 2013
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
Vienna Oktoberfest – Vienna, VA – October 5, 2013
Oktoberfest drinks, food, entertainment and family friendly games.
Location: Church Street, Vienna VA
Haymarket Oktoberfest – Haymarket, VA – October 19, 2013
German food, beer, biergarten, live music and kids activity area.
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: