Washington D.C. doesn’t have to have an especially large number of Oktoberfest celebrations because there are some great ones nearby in Maryland and Virginia. But if you live in the District of Columbia, I would be compelled to check out these Oktoberfest celebrations:
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District of Columbia
Das Best Oktoberfest
It will have over 150 beers, wines and schnapps. They’ve done away with the tokens and its all you care to taste. Oom-pah party with German sausage platter dinner. 2 live music stages with Miss Oktoberfest competition, best beer belly competition and pretzel necklace contest. Wear your German attire.
Location: DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC.
An Oktoberfest bar hop in Chinatown. Your ticket gets you a 12-ounce serving of beer at each bar on the list (8 on Saturday, 7 on Sunday). Tickets are between $45 and $80 depending on day and regular/VIP admission. Enjoy up to 8 beers at 8 venues for the price. Check out the food pairings at each venue.
Location: Check in at RFD 810 7th St. NW, Washington, DC.
H Street Festival with Oktoberfest beers tapped, the grand opening of their Ratskeller bar and pig roast. Location: 1355 H St NE, Washington DC 20002
Lovettsville Oktoberfest – Lovettsville, VA
Live music, beer, food vendors and games. Last year’s description: Friday is their kickoff German dinner at the Community Center and Rock-toberfest under the main tent with a Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-along. Keg tapping ceremony on Saturday at Noon jumpstarts the full Oktoberfest experience. Contests include stein hoisting, stein hauling and the wiener dog races. Sunday is a little bit quieter, with a pancake breakfast, church service, musical instruction and no more street vendors. Main tent features home-cooked German food from Washington Saengerbund and an assortment of local and German beers. Street vendors on Saturday provide pretzels, crepes, pastries, pulled pork, crab fries, Thai food and more! Local restaurants also have special food and drink menus during the festival. 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
Oktoberfest drinks, food, entertainment and family friendly games. Hosted by the Vienna Business Association. Location: Church Street, Vienna VA
Capitol City Oktoberfest – Shirlington, VA
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
Oktoberfest Reston – Reston, VA
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
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest – Fort Belvoir, VA
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
Baltimore & Maryland
Das Best Oktoberfest – Baltimore, MD
Kick off beer week with this all you can taste Baltimore Oktoberfest. About 60,000 people over the years have attended this annual event. VIP admission is from noon to 2 PM and regular admission is from 2 PM to 6 PM. Over 150 local, domestic and international beers, wines and schnapps. German food, including sausages, available for purchase ala carte. Authentic polka and oompah bands, chicken dancing and live music from regional bands. Contests offering cash prizes include the Miss Oktoberfest competition and the Best Beer Belly contest. Limited parking is available for $10 per car. Wear your German outfit and, while supplies last, you will get a free beer lanyard. Regular admission tickets are $39 in advance. This provides you admission to the event, souvenir tasting glass and beer sampling. VIP admission offers access to special beer tastings, 2 extra hours of drinking and restaurant sampling, opening tap celebration, VIP washrooms and parking pass. Designated driver tickets are $25 or $39 (for VIP). Kids 12 and under are free but not recommended. Location: M & T Stadium Parking Lot
Charles County Oktoberfest – La Plata, MD
Live music, dancing, German beer and food. Contests include Miss Oktoberfest, biggest beer belly, stein holding, keg toss and the carry your wife contest. Children’s activities include moon bounce, face painting and other activities. Location: Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd La Plata, MD 20646
Chesapeake Bay Community Band Annual Oktoberfest – Stevensville, MD
Their 3rd annual Oktoberfest will have live German band, all you can eat buffet of German food, dancing and silent auction.
Location: American Legion Post 278, 800 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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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