Celebrate German beer, food and fall at a Virginia Oktoberfest in September or October 2019.Last Major Update: August 17
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St. Benedict Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Multiple biergartens, live music, vendors and more
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.
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest - Fort Belvoir, VA - Oct 3 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.
Vienna Oktoberfest - Vienna, VA - Oct 5, 2019
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, 2019
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 5, 2019
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion. Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401
Intellectual Disabilities Agency Oktoberfest - Blacksburg, VA - Oct 26, 2019
Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and watch the Oktoberfest dinner show! Wear your lederhosen and dirndl (optional) then dance to the music and participate in the fun activities! Family friendly fun for all ages
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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Middleburg Oktoberfest - Middleburg, VA - Oct 15, 2016
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.
Smartmouth Oktoberfest - Norfolk, VA - Sep 22, 2018
Tysons Biergarten Oktoberfest - Tysons, VA - Sep 22, 2018
Oktoberfest at Tysons’ Biergarten kicks off September 16, with events every weekend through October 28th.
Strasburg Oktoberfest - Strasburg, VA - Sep 23, 2018
Mountain Lake Oktoberfest - Pembroke, VA - Sep 29 to
A Bavarian Bash and Harvest Festival with German food and beer, live music and family friendly entertainment. Reservations required. $10 cover charge.
Bier Garden Oktoberfest - Portsmouth, VA - Oct 6, 2018
Authentic German beer, food, and activities, plus a Strongman competition, corn hole, bounce houses, raffles and more!
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.
Richmond Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
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.
Devils Backbone O’fest - Roseland, VA - Oct 20, 2018
Celebrate Lovettsville’s rich German heritage with authentic German cuisine, live music performances, street performers, beer, wine and more. The Lovettsville Oktoberfest will kick off once again with a hearty pancake breakfast, followed by the tapping of the beer kegs. Enjoy traditional Bavarian music and dance performances under the Main Tent. Head over to the Weiner Dog Races to cheer on your favorite pup. The kids will enjoy an expanded Kinderfest with FREE games and activities. Savor the authentic German food of the Washington Saengerbund. Shop your way through over 120 art, crafts, and service vendors lining the streets. Admission is FREE, parking is FREE, trolleys are FREE, and the all day entertainment is FREE.
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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