Oktoberfest in Maryland 2024

Baltimore, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia residents can choose from several options to celebrate Oktoberfest in Maryland. In September and October 2024, 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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In the process of updating for 2024, looks like plenty of great Oktoberfest parties running all the way up to November to enjoy, so Prost!

All events showing current dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!

2024 Events

Augustoberfest - Hagerstown, MD - Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2024
This annual Oktoberfest pays tribute to the area’s rich German heritage and supports exchange students from its sister city in Wiesel, Germany.

Frederick’s Oktoberfest - Frederick, MD - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2024
Oktoberfest bier, bratwurst, dancing, live music and children’s activities to benefit Frederick County charities and local organizations. Hosted at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Friday is 21+ only.

Das Best Oktoberfest - Timonium, MD - Oct 5, 2024

Oktoberfest at the Kentlands - Gaithersburg, MD - Oct 13, 2024
Wine-tasting featuring local Maryland vineyards and retailers, a traditional Beer Garden, food vendors and German entertainment. Live entertainment, 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 101 Orchard Ridge Drive

Berlin Oktoberfest - Berlin, MD - Oct 19, 2024
Music, German food, craft vendors, annual Fall sidewalk sale, beer garden, 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.

Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt - Frederick, MD - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2024
Annual event on the third weekend in October. Free admission. Hours are 11 to 6 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.

You should also check the lists of nearby states that celebrate Oktoberfest: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia.

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Past Events

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest - Havre de Grace, MD - Oct 14, 2023
Free admission. A family friendly event with German beer/wine and German entertainment.

ARToberFEST - Stevensville, MD - Oct 7, 2023
Enjoy this celebration of local food, music, artisans and breweries in historic Stevensville.

Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County - Westminster, MD - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2023
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 $10, with those wearing authentic German attire and children ages 10 and under free – or save $2 with 5 nonperishable donation for the animal rescue.

Multi-Cultural Festival and Oktoberfest - Columbia, MD - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2023
Oktoberfest with beer garden on Friday night, and multi-cultural festival over the weekend.

Oktoberfest at Blue Ruin - Cambridge, MD - Sep 30, 2023
German-style food, specialty beers, Das Boot Beer-Chugging Team Challenge with prizes!

Rocktobierfest - Rockville, MD - Sep 30, 2023
Rocktobierfest features two stages of entertainment, including German and rock music, German food, artisans, kids activities, and beverages for sale by local breweries. This annual event attracts more than 5,000 people to Rockville Town Center

Old Stein Inn Oktoberfest - Edgewater, MD - Sep 17 to Nov 5, 2023
Oktoberfest kickoff party is 6-10 pm with German music on the accordian, food and more. Celebration continues select dates thereafter.

Olde Mother Brewing Oktoberfest - Frederick, MD - Sep 16 to Oct 3, 2023
Rockwell and Olde Mother cohost. Food trucks, steins and beer from both brands, live music and more

American Legion Post 39 Oktoberfest - Bel Air, MD - Sep 24, 2021
Oktoberfest with German food, beer, and music. there will also be vendors, money wheel, prize wheel, kids activities, and build a scarecrow.

Crabtoberfest - Cambridge, MD - Oct 5, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Food, beer, live music and fun await you! Enjoy the traditional cuisine of both Germany and the Eastern Shore, including steamed crabs, at the Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park.

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.

Please don't drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

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.

Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.

Find other fun things to do in Maryland in fall:

Maryland Festivals
Maryland Corn Mazes
Maryland Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Maryland
Pumpkin Patches in Maryland

3 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Maryland 2024

  1. Jp says:

    Hi, ur site is usually great, except there aren’t any 2017 dates for Funtober in Maryland, just 2016 AND 2015. Please update. Thanx

    • funadmin says:

      Thanks for letting us know! Pretty sure I figured out what went wrong and have it fixed now. We will be rolling out more updates shortly.

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