Baltimore, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia residents can choose from several options to celebrate Oktoberfest in Maryland. In September and October 2020, 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. 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!
Augustoberfest - Hagerstown, MD - Aug 15 to Aug 16, 2020
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.
Das Best Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Sep 26, 2020
Kick off beer week with this all you can taste Baltimore Oktoberfest. 60,000+ generally attend this annual event. VIP admission starts at noon 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 $40 in advance. This provides you admission to the event, souvenir tasting glass and unlimited 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. A portion of ticket sales go to The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.
Frederick’s Oktoberfest - Frederick, MD - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
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.
Havre de Grace Oktoberfest - Havre de Grace, MD - Oct 10, 2020
Free admission. A family friendly event with German beer/wine and German entertainment.
Oktoberfest at the Kentlands - Gaithersburg, MD - Oct 11, 2020
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 Octoberfest - Berlin, MD - Oct 17, 2020
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 17 to Oct 18, 2020
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.
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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.
Old Stein Inn Oktoberfest - Edgewater, MD - Sep 28, 2019
Oktoberfest kickoff party is 6-10 pm with German music on the accordian, food and more. Celebration continues select dates thereafter.
Frostoberfest - Frostburg, MD - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
This street festival feature German culture, food, music, and bier gardens. They have a kid zone, local crafts, and more.
Strong City Baltimore Oktoberfest - Baltimore, MD - Sep 28, 2019
Strong City Baltimores 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!
DuckFest - Dowell, MD - Sep 29, 2019
Live music, craft beer, authentic German food
Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County - Westminster, MD - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
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.
ARToberFEST - Stevensville, MD - Oct 5, 2019
Enjoy this celebration of local food, music, artisans and breweries in historic Stevensville.
Olde Mother Brewing Oktoberfest - Frederick, MD - Oct 6, 2019
Tickets include: Custom branded commemorative mug, 2 beer tokens for 20 oz mug pours, Weisswurst and Bavarian Bratwurst (shipped from Germany), German potato salad and homemade beer mustard all by the great Chef Niko at Roast House Pub! PLUS $4 festbier refills all day! Traditional German music by the Edelweiss Band. *10 oz Bavarian pretzels available for purchase separately*
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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