Oktoberfest in Virginia 2024

Celebrate German beer, food and fall at a Virginia Oktoberfest in September or October 2024.

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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

St. Benedict Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2024
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 20 to Sep 22, 2024
Live music, beer, food vendors and games. Friday kicks off with a dinner at the firestation and the crowning of Oktoberfest royalty, plus ceremonial keg tapping followed by live music on the Town Green. Saturday brings a 5k and pancake breakfast, Wings and Wheels Fly-in, Oktoberfest party, children’s activities, vendors, chicken dance and tradiitional Bavarian song and dance. Don’t miss the Bohemian Rhapsody world-record sing-along attempt!

Middleburg Oktoberfest - Middleburg, VA - Sep 21, 2024
Biergartens, traditional German food, live music, and festival games

Oktoberfest at Settle Down Easy Brewing - Falls Church, VA - Sep 21 to Oct 5, 2024
Three weekends of celebrating Oktoberfest! Second weekend is Oysterfest and third weekend is Brat-oberfest

Vienna Oktoberfest - Vienna, VA - Oct 5, 2024
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 5, 2024
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

Richmond Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Oct 18 to Oct 19, 2024
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.

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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Past Events

Oktoberfest at Bryce Resort - Mt Jackson, VA - Oct 14, 2023
music, drinks, food, and more!

Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest - Staunton, VA - Oct 7, 2023
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion. Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401

Oystoberfest - Richmond, VA - Oct 7, 2023
Oysters the way you like them in a fun, family-friendly festival in Richmond’s Historic Ginter Park. Oysters are the main event. They’ll 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 Kidszone.

Bier Garden Oktoberfest - Portsmouth, VA - Sep 30, 2023
Authentic German beer, food, and activities, plus a Strongman competition, corn hole, bounce houses, raffles and more!

Oktoberfest Winchester - Winchester, VA - Sep 29, 2023
The annual Oktoberfest will bring German music, dancing and much more to Old Town Winchester! Oktoberfest will once again encompass most of the Loudoun Street Mall including The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum lawn and the Taylor Pavilion. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample German-inspired food, beers, and global wine while experiencing different aspects of the German culture.

Oktoberfest at G34.3 Brewing - Lorton, VA - Sep 23, 2023
Come celebrate with good food, good people and as always, good beer. Food is catered by The Alpine Chief located out of Fredericksburg, VA

Oyster & Sausage Oktoberfest - Chantilly, VA - Sep 16, 2023
Think savory sausages sizzling on the grill, plump oysters freshly shucked, and a variety of craft beers that’ll have your taste buds dancing the polka all day long!

Alliance Annual Oktoberfest - Williamsburg, VA - Oct 5, 2022
Rides, games, prizes, food & drink, live music, and the Demented Dimensions Maze, all set in Busch Gardens.

Reedville Oktoberfest - Reedville, VA - Oct 1, 2022
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. Mary’s will sell baked goods, and raffle tickets will be sold for fabulous prizes. A Kid’s Korner will have activities for children, and a cornhole tournament with an entry fee and cash prize will be held

Oktoberfest at Lil’Bottom in Galax - Galax, VA - Oct 1, 2022
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?

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest - Fort Belvoir, VA - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2022
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.

Arlington Valley Fest - Arlington, VA - Sep 25, 2022
2023 Update: Host New District Brewing has shut down permanently, so we’re not sure this event is coming back …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.

OktoBEERfest Dinner at Lake Anne Brew House - Reston, VA - Sep 25, 2022
Oktoberfest-themed dinner at Lake Anne Brew House. Your ticket includes a three-course plated traditional German meal, plus an authentic German stoneware stein filled with 40 ounces of beer!

Oktoberfest at Farm Brew Live - Manassas, VA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Come enjoy authentic German food, attire, and music!

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg, VA - Sep 23, 2022
For 2022, they’re teaming with Maymont on their BierGarten event but will not be hosting their normal event. See their facebook for event details. Normally: 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.

Hampton Roads Oktoberfest - Chesapeake, VA - Sep 17, 2022
Pay homage to the traditional German festival with an epic celebration of beer, food, and fun! Beer from 20 local breweries, food trucks, live music, and more.

Stanardsville Oktoberfest - Stanardsville, VA - Oct 23, 2021
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 Woolwine Fire Department - Woolwine, VA - Oct 9, 2021
Octoberfest is the biggest and best of all the events the department offers, with the homemade apple butter, which is made from early Friday morning until Saturday morning, when the party folks arrive. Many of the jars are still warm when the folks purchase them. The concession stand, with such things as hot dogs, soft drinks, and homemade cakes and pies, is open during the entire festival. Vendors of arts and crafts are lined up for your enjoyment and purchasing pleasures. A variety of different bluegrass bands, that play all day keep your toes tapping and the dancers active

Devils Backbone Oktoberfest - Roseland, VA - Sep 25 to Oct 31, 2021
Fall is finally here and what better place to celebrate than in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows. Free entry with pay-as-you-go experiences like the $5 hay bale maze, Oktoberfest food specials, seasonal produce vendors and more

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!

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.

Oktoberfest at Lansdowne Resort - Leesburg, VA - Oct 11, 2019
Celebrate Oktoberfest with beer, brats and The Lost Lederhosen band at Lansdowne Resort and Spa

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.

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.

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 Virginia in fall:

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

5 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Virginia 2024

  1. Swasdi Sarintra says:

    I,Sarin Grill,am a food vendor of Thai and Chinese food from Alexandria,VA and I would like to participate in the :-
    -St. Benedict Oktoberfest
    Richmond, VA
    September 21-23, 2012
    -Lovettsville Oktoberfest
    Lovettsville, VA
    September 28-30, 2012
    -Vienna Oktoberfest
    Vienna, VA
    October 6, 2012
    -Martinsville Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival
    Martinsville, VA
    October 6, 2012
    -Richmond Oktoberfest
    Mechanicsville, VA
    October 26-27, 2012
    I would be grateful if you could send me the application for the event/address mentioned above.Please send it at your earliest convenience.
    Thank you for your consideration
    Cordially Yours,

    Description of all food and drinks for sale
    -Teriyaki Chicken on a stick $6.00
    -Vegetable Fried Rice $5.00
    -Vegetable Fried Lomein $5.00
    -Pad Thai $6.00
    -Veggie Egg Roll 2 For$3.00
    -Lemonade $5.00
    -water and Soda $1.00

    • Mr. Funtober says:

      As I’m not involved with the events, I don’t have their food vendor applications. Try clicking on the hyperlink for the events and send them an email. I’m sure that the Oktoberfests that you list would love to have you.

  2. Mark says:

    Capitol Alehouse in Fredericksburg does NOT have an Oktoberfest event on 22 September. Cap Alehouse has four locations and is holding them in different locations (Harrisonburg on 22 September…etc) and dates. Also the dates for the Ft Belvoir event are incorrect. Ft Belvoir is hosting its event Thursday, 4 October to Sunday 7 October…not 29 Sep – 2 Oct (which would be Saturday to Tuesday). Please update the site. Thanks for the varied info though.

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