Very few things are more fun than Oktoberfest in West Virginia celebrations. West Virginia doesn’t have an especially large German population. Only 350,000 residents claim German heritage. But West Virginia citizens do have two qualities that make for an excellent Oktoberfest. They like to drink. And they know how to party! So here are a few West Virginia Oktoberfest parties where you can indulge in good beer and good food:
Oglebayfest – Wheeling, WV – October 3-5, 2014
Annual fall festival with parade, fireworks and the Ohio County Country Fair.
Location: 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003
Bramwell Oktoberfest – Bramwell, WV – October 11, 2014
The 19th annual Brawell Oktoberfest will be held between 2 and 8 PM including live music and the results from their home brew competition.
Ravenswood Octoberfest – Ravenswood, WV
This event will be held the first weekend in October. Here is the 2013 description: This 13th annual West Virginia Oktoberfest has a full lineup of events throughout the weekend. Saturday has a grand parade, chili cook off, cake & pie contest, corn hole contest, and bocce contest. Sunday is the car show, pet show and Halloween Costume contest. They also have live entertainment and kids activities.
Bavarian Inn Oktoberfest – Shepherdstown, WV – September 15, 2013
From noon to 6 PM, there will be German food, beer and more at this 30 year old festival. Kids activities, arts and crafts as well.
Location: 164 Shepherd Grade Rd Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Mannington Oktoberfest – Mannington, WV
We had this date as October 5th but I don’t see a date mentioned on their website. I’ve messaged them on Facebook to confirm (9/9/2013).
Location: Market St, Mannington WV
Showshoe Oktoberfest – Snowshoe, WV
We haven’t seen any mention of this annual event yet but they don’t have October events on their calendar as of 9/9/2013.
Location: 10 Snowshoe Dr Snowshoe, WV 26209
UKV Oktoberfest – Montgomery, WV – September 7, 2013
If you are looking for a larger Oktoberfest celebration, I recommend that you cross the border into Ohio. Or try one of these other states and compare to your hometown celebration: Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania and 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 West Virginia in October: