Baltimore, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia residents can choose from several options to celebrate Oktoberfest in Maryland. In September and October 2017, the German beer and delicious bratwurst will draw the nearly one million people with German heritage in the state to celebrate the harvest and the marriage of King Ludwig I at a Maryland Oktoberfest.
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Augustoberfest - Hagerstown, MD - Aug 25 to Aug 26, 2017
This annual Oktoberfest pays tribute to the area’s rich German heritage and supports exchange students from its sister city in Wiesel, Germany. Tickets are $5.
Old Stein Inn Oktoberfest - Edgewater, MD - Sep 15, 2017
Oktoberfest Kickoff Party is 6-10 PM. Celebration continues thereafter.
Bel Air Oktoberfest - Bel Air, MD - Sep 16, 2017
Your Wish My Dish Catering Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Sep 23, 2017
APG Oktoberfest - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2017
Held at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds
Frederick’s Oktoberfest - Frederick, MD - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
Oktoberfest bier, bratwurst, dancing, live music and children’s activities to benefit Frederick County charities and local organizations. Hosted at the Frederick Fairgrounds.
Crabtoberfest - Cambridge, MD - Sep 30, 2017
Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park. Open from 3 to 9 PM. General admission is $10.
Das Best Oktoberfest - National Harbor, MD - Sep 30, 2017
Frostoberfest - Frostburg, MD - Sep 30, 2017
This street festival feature German culture, food, music, and bier gardens. They have a kid zone, local crafts, and more.
Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County - Westminster, MD - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Fundraising event held by the four Rotary Clubs of Carroll County at Danele Shipley Memorial Arena. Enjoy family friendly activities and authentic German food, beer and live music. Plenty of contests including the Lederhosen & Dirndl competition, Chicken Dance contest and Polka Dance contest. There will be pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, face painting, magic shows, games and balloon sculpting for kids. Football tent ensures you don’t miss the action over the weekend. General admission is $5, with those wearing authentic German attire and children ages 10 and under free.
Taste of Heaven Caterers Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Oct 13, 2017
Held at Delta Community Center.
Das Best Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Oct 14, 2017
Kick off beer week with this all you can taste Baltimore Oktoberfest. 60,000 generally attend 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, Baltimore, Maryland.
Berlin Octoberfest - Berlin, MD - Oct 14, 2017
Music, german food, craft vendors, annual Fall sidewalk sale. Beer garden by Burley Oak Brewing Company. Games and activities such as face painting, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting and others for the kids. Annual cornhole tournament at Burley Tavern. Free parking at Berlin Intermediate School with shuttle to downtown.
Prince Georges Oktoberfest - Bowie, MD - Oct 14, 2017
Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt - Frederick, MD - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
Annual event on the third weekend in October. Free admission. Hours are 10 to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. enjoy the great food, lively German music, historic demonstrators, and hand-made products from many art and craft vendors hosted by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation at the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum.
Strong City Baltimore Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Oct 21, 2017
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Maryland Oktoberfest - Lutherville-Timonium, MD - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
Dawson’s Market Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Festival - Rockville, MD - Oct 1, 2016
Oktoberplex - Boyds, MD - Oct 2, 2016
Oktoberfest at the Kentlands - Gaithersburg, MD - Oct 9, 2016
Wine-tasting featuring local Maryland vineyards and retailers, a traditional Beer Garden, food vendors and German entertainment. A cappella performance groups, artists and crafters, free horse-drawn wagon rides, apple cider pressing, traditional Oktoberfest crafts for children, and nonprofit vendors. Along Main Street, there are four more stages of entertainment featuring variety bands and community groups, an extended business expo, strolling entertainers, mini golf, children’s crafts, inflatables, and plenty of restaurants and retail establishments to explore. Noon to 5 PM. Admission and parking are free.. Satellite parking at 200 Orchard Ridge Drive, just off of Quince Orchard Road.
Havre de Grace Oktoberfest - Havre de Grace, MD - Oct 15, 2016
Free Admission. A family friendly event with German beer/wine and German entertainment.
Steppingstein - Havre de Grace, MD - Oct 21, 2016
A refined Oktoberfest celebration and fundraiser for Steppingstone. Authentic german dinner, beer/wine tasting and group polka lessons.
Try my list of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States for more German heritage festivals. You should also check the lists of nearby states that celebrate Oktoberfest: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and 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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