Oktoberfest in Maryland

Baltimore, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia residents can choose from several options to celebrate Oktoberfest in Maryland. In September and October 2018, 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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2018 Events

Augustoberfest - Hagerstown, MD - Aug 18 to Aug 19, 2018
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.

APG Oktoberfest - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD - Sep 15, 2018
Held at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. 11 AM to 9 PM.

Bel Air Oktoberfest - Bel Air, MD - Sep 22, 2018

Oktoberfest Taneytown - Taneytown, MD - Sep 22, 2018
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church hosts an Oktoberfest that benefits the Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County, with food, beer, music and vendors.

Frederick’s Oktoberfest - Frederick, MD - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Oktoberfest bier, bratwurst, dancing, live music and children’s activities to benefit Frederick County charities and local organizations. Hosted at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Your Wish My Dish Catering Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Sep 29, 2018

Crabtoberfest - Cambridge, MD - Oct 6 to Oct 16, 2018
Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park. Open from 3 to 9 PM. General admission is $10.

Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County - Westminster, MD - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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.

Das Best Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Oct 13, 2018
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 13, 2018
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.

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest - Havre de Grace, MD - Oct 13, 2018
Free Admission. A family friendly event with German beer/wine and German entertainment.

Strong City Baltimore Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Oct 13, 2018
Strong City Baltimore’s 5th annual Oktoberfest celebration from 6 to 9 PM! A benefit for The 29th Street Community Center at Peabody Heights Brewery. An evening of authentic German cuisine, local craft beer, music, a silent auction, games, raffles & more!

Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt - Frederick, MD - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
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.


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Past Events

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.

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.

Old Stein Inn Oktoberfest - Edgewater, MD - Sep 15, 2017
Oktoberfest Kickoff Party is 6-10 PM. Celebration continues thereafter.

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.

Taste of Heaven Caterers Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Oct 13, 2017
Held at Delta Community Center.

Prince Georges Oktoberfest - Bowie, MD - Oct 14, 2017

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.

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.

Find other fun things to do in Maryland in October:

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

3 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Maryland

  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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