Oktoberfest in Virginia

Celebrate German beer, food and fall at a Virginia Oktoberfest in September or October 2019.

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2019 Events

St. Benedict Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018

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

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest - Fort Belvoir, VA - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
This 20th 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.

Intellectual Disabilities Agency Oktoberfest - Blacksburg, VA - Sep 28, 2018

Lovettsville Oktoberfest - Lovettsville, VA - Sep 29, 2018

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg, VA - Sep 29, 2018
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.

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.

Hoppy Oktoberfest - Falls Church, VA - Oct 6, 2018

Vienna Oktoberfest - Vienna, VA - Oct 6, 2018
An annual event on the first Saturday in October from 11 AM to 7 PM. Celebrating its 9th year in 2016. Oktoberfest drinks, food. Live entertainment on two stages including a main stage for music and a children’s stages. 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 6, 2018
The anniversary of this family friendly street festival will be held on Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Beer garden with craft beer and German food. There will also be entertainment and on site food vendors. Children’s activities include petting zoo, carnival rides and inflatable bounce houses. Two streets of vendors selling arts and crafts, fine art, jewelry, home accents, holiday items and more. Free admission. Location: Church Street and Main Street in Uptown Martinsville

Clarksville Harvest Days Festival - Clarksville, VA - Oct 6, 2018
Harvest festival has Oktoberfest Beer garden with live music, food and fall craft beer. It will be Saturday in 2016 rather than Friday.

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!

Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest - Staunton, VA - Oct 6, 2018
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion. Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401

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.

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival - Virginia Beach, VA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
50 breweries will offer samples of craft beer. Live music also.

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

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Harrisonburg, VA - Sep 25, 2016

Capitol City Oktoberfest - Arlington, VA - Oct 1, 2016
This 17th annual Northern Virginia Oktoberfest will take place at The Village at Shirlington with 65+ breweries, authentic German band and food. Free to attend but $30 to sample beer (includes wristband, tasting glass and 10 tickets).

Martin’s Oktoberfest Block Party - Roanoke, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Middleburg Oktoberfest - Middleburg, VA - Oct 15, 2016

Rotary Club of Blackstone Oktoberfest - Blackstone, VA - Sep 23, 2017

St. Benedict Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Richmond, VA - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018

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

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest - Fort Belvoir, VA - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
This 20th 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.

Intellectual Disabilities Agency Oktoberfest - Blacksburg, VA - Sep 28, 2018

Lovettsville Oktoberfest - Lovettsville, VA - Sep 29, 2018

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg, VA - Sep 29, 2018
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.

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.

Hoppy Oktoberfest - Falls Church, VA - Oct 6, 2018

Vienna Oktoberfest - Vienna, VA - Oct 6, 2018
An annual event on the first Saturday in October from 11 AM to 7 PM. Celebrating its 9th year in 2016. Oktoberfest drinks, food. Live entertainment on two stages including a main stage for music and a children’s stages. 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 6, 2018
The anniversary of this family friendly street festival will be held on Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Beer garden with craft beer and German food. There will also be entertainment and on site food vendors. Children’s activities include petting zoo, carnival rides and inflatable bounce houses. Two streets of vendors selling arts and crafts, fine art, jewelry, home accents, holiday items and more. Free admission. Location: Church Street and Main Street in Uptown Martinsville

Clarksville Harvest Days Festival - Clarksville, VA - Oct 6, 2018
Harvest festival has Oktoberfest Beer garden with live music, food and fall craft beer. It will be Saturday in 2016 rather than Friday.

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!

Frontier Culture Museum Oktoberfest - Staunton, VA - Oct 6, 2018
German food, beer garden, games and music at the Cochran Pavilion. Location: Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave Staunton, VA 24401

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.

Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival - Virginia Beach, VA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
50 breweries will offer samples of craft beer. Live music also.

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

  1. Swasdi Sarintra says:

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
    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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