Celebrate German beer, food and fall at a Virginia Oktoberfest in September or October 2021.
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!
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest - Fort Belvoir, VA - Apr 14 to Oct 6, 2019
This 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.
Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be on the smaller side. You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.
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Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
Capital Ale House will celebrate Oktoberfest in Richmond with Virginia beers, German food, live music, German dancers and Kinderplatz with kids activities. $2 cover charge benefits a local charity. Families are welcome but parent/guardian must accompany those under 21.
Alliance Annual Oktoberfest - Williamsburg, VA - Oct 10, 2018
Rides, games, prizes, food & drink, live music, and the Demented Dimensions Maze, all set in Busch Gardens.
Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest - Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Oct 13, 2018
An Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race/Walk. Starts at Westlake Town Center at 10:30 AM with trail race ending at the Oktoberfest. Beer festival runs from noon to 5 PM. Live entertainment by The Mountain Top Polka Band. Special beer by Sunken City Brewery. Family friendly with children’s play area. Admission for adults is $5. Race registration is $25.
Middleburg Oktoberfest - Middleburg, VA - Sep 19, 2019
Smartmouth Oktoberfest - Norfolk, VA - Sep 21, 2019
Pay homage to the traditional German festival with an epic celebration of beer, food, and fun! Smartmouth will be releasing THREE beers, plus hosting live music, hands-on workshops, and Hammerschlagen.
Oktoberfest at Lil’Bottom in Galax - Galax, VA - Sep 21, 2019
Beer games, specials, and possibly a mechanical bull and hatchet throwing truck! What better way to celebrate than with multiple Oktoberfest taps and tons of fun?
Tysons Biergarten Oktoberfest - Tysons, VA - Sep 22, 2019
Final Oktoberfest at Tysons’ Biergarten – Tysons’ Biergarten has since closed and the founders have opened a new business, Shipgarten, with differently themed shipping containers. We’re keeping an eye out for an Oktoberfest themed celebration at The Biergarten – https://www.facebook.com/shipgarten/events.
Oktoberfest at Farm Brew Live - Manassas, VA - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Come enjoy authentic German food, attire, and music!
Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg, VA - Sep 28, 2019
Capital Ale House will celebrate Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg with Virginia beers, German food, live music, German dancers and Kinderplatz with kids activities. $2 cover charge benefits a local charity. Families are welcome but parent/guardian must accompany those under 21.
Arlington Valley Fest - Arlington, VA - Sep 29, 2019
Family-friendly event with art music and KidZone (all free) plus food and dessert trucks for purchases. Beer packages are $22 and include souvenir mug and drink tickets. Replaces Capitol City Oktoberfest, and is presented by New District Brewing Company.
Strasburg Oktoberfest - Strasburg, VA - Oct 5, 2019
There will be activities for the kids, live entertainment, vendors, a harvest beer and cider tasting and more.
Bier Garden Oktoberfest - Portsmouth, VA - Oct 5, 2019
Authentic German beer, food, and activities, plus a Strongman competition, corn hole, bounce houses, raffles and more!
Oystoberfest - Richmond, VA - Oct 5, 2019
Oysters the way you like them in a fun, family-friendly festival in Richmonds Historic Ginter Park. Oysters are the main event. Theyll have fried, steamed, grilled and, of course, RAW oysters – brats and hotdogs ta boot. Craft Beers, fine wines and other refreshments will be available. A day full of live music, and a $5 per child Kidszone. They’re a Virginia Green event with a “we pay you” Bike Valet – every bike earns its rider $2 worth of event tickets.
Oktoberfest at Lansdowne Resort - Leesburg, VA - Oct 11, 2019
Celebrate Oktoberfest with beer, brats and The Lost Lederhosen band at Lansdowne Resort and Spa
Devils Backbone O’fest - Roseland, VA - Oct 12, 2019
Reedville Oktoberfest - Reedville, VA - Oct 12, 2019
The aroma of traditional German food is in the air. Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Frankfurters, sauerkraut, and German potato salad tasty OYSTER fare will be served. German Beer, wine, soda, and water are available for purchase. The ladies of St. Marys will sell baked goods, and raffle tickets will be sold for fabulous prizes. A Kids Korner will have activities for children, and a cornhole tournament with an entry fee and cash prize will be held
Stanardsville Oktoberfest - Stanardsville, VA - Oct 12, 2019
Enjoy great food, wholesome family-friendly fun, wonderful music and amazing beer. Enjoy the homebrewers contest and vote for your favorite recipe from among the best up-and-coming home brewers in the state. You can also enjoy some of the region’s best local breweries on tap. A costume contest at 2 PM will provide whimsy for the young and young at heart and story tellers gather as evening shades fall to enthrall and inform you with tales of ghostly delight as history comes alive. Free general admission. Haunted tours of the town will start immediately following the event.
Oktoberfest at Bryce Resort - Mt Jackson, VA - Oct 19, 2019
music, drinks, food, and more!
Mountain Lake Oktoberfest - Pembroke, VA - Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2019
A Bavarian Bash and Harvest Festival with German food and beer, live music and family friendly entertainment. Reservations required. $10 cover charge.
Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the NRV Oktoberfest - Floyd, VA - Oct 26, 2019
A beautiful fall evening in the Blue Ridge mountains filled with songs, great food, fantastic brews & CHEER! Enjoy the Oktoberfest Dinner Show with The Sauerkraut Band, who is well known for their traditional German music! The event barn at Chantilly Farm will be transformed into a folksy biergarten so dress in your finest lederhosen and dirndl (optional of course), and celebrate the evening with friends new and old! Family friendly, fun for all ages!
St. Benedict Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
This Richmond Oktoberfest was started in 2005 by Saint Benedict Parish. Free admission to the event which German music, dancing, food and beverages. Double arm stein holding contest. Shop in the Christkindlmarkt. Activities available for all ages. Kid’s area has many activities including a moon bounce. They will have commemorative steins for purchase on site at the festival for $20 and includes a free drink ticket, larger pour and $1 off each beer for the entire weekend. Beer sample glasses with logo for $5. Beer samples are 2 tickets ($2). On street parking is permitted with limited parking available at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts parking deck for $5. Please leave your pets at home. Location: 300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond, VA 23221
Lovettsville Oktoberfest - Lovettsville, VA - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Live music, beer, food vendors and games. 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 jump starts 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 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
Richmond Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Annual family friendly event held indoors in the Old Dominion building, which is decorated with German flare. It claims to be the largest German-American festival in the state of Virginia, welcoming 5,000 over the two days. There is a large dance floor and stage for musical entertainment. Food options include Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Broiled Chicken, Pork Roast, Sauerkraut, pretzels and more.
Vienna Oktoberfest - Vienna, VA - Oct 3, 2020
An annual event on the first Saturday in October from 11 AM to 7 PM. Oktoberfest drinks, food. Live entertainment on three stages including a main stage for music. Family friendly games and children’s activities will also be available. Hosted by the Vienna Business Association. Free admission and entertainment. Pay as you go. Location: Church Street, Vienna VA
Martinsville Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival - Martinsville, VA - Oct 3, 2020
Oktoberfest is a family friendly event, held annually for the past 40 years. This event has live music, craft and food vendors, a beer garden, and children’s activities
Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest - Staunton, VA - Oct 10, 2020
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion. Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401
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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