Oktoberfest in Virginia
Celebrate German beer, food and fall at a Virginia Oktoberfest in September or October 2016.
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St. Benedict Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 16 to Sep 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 - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 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
Lovettsville Oktoberfest - Lovettsville, VA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Rotary Club of Blackstone Oktoberfest - Blackstone, VA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Hoppy Oktoberfest - Falls Church, VA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Harrisonburg, VA - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest - Fort Belvoir, VA - Sep 29 to 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.
Vienna Oktoberfest - Vienna, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 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 - Oct 1 to Oct 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.
Strasburg Oktoberfest - Strasburg, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Capitol City Oktoberfest - Arlington, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 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).
Martinsville Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival - Martinsville, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 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 - Clarksville, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 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 - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Bier Garden Oktoberfest - Portsmouth, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest - Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 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 to Oct 2, 2016
AmRhein’s Oktoberfest - Bent Mountain, VA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Wine tasting, dancing, barrel rolling and riding competitions.
Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest - Staunton, VA - Oct 8 to Oct 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 - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Oktoberfest Reston - Reston, VA - Oct 8 to Oct 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.
Middleburg Oktoberfest - Middleburg, VA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Richmond Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Oct 21 to Oct 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.
Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival - Virginia Beach, VA - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016
50 breweries will offer samples of craft beer. Live music also.
Mountain Lake Oktoberfest - Pembroke, VA - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2016
A Bavarian Bash and Harvest Festival with German food and beer, live music and family friendly entertainment. Reservations required. $10 cover charge.
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.
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