Very few things are more fun than Oktoberfest in West Virginia. West Virginia doesn’t have an especially large German population (only 350,000 residents claim German heritage) but West Virginia citizens do have two qualities that make for an excellent Oktoberfest: they like to drink and they know how to party! So here are a few West Virginia Oktoberfest parties where you can indulge in good beer and good food this fall:
If you are looking for a larger Oktoberfest celebration, I recommend that you cross the border into Ohio. Or try one of these other states and compare to your hometown celebration: Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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Mannington Oktoberfest - Mannington, WV - Oct 1, 2016
Morgantown Brewing Oktoberfest - Morgantown, WV - Sep 28, 2019
Dust off your lederhosen and press your dirndls! Oktoberfest half liter boots for sale, plus a special German menu, games and prizes for all ages, live music and more! Happening rain or shine!
OktoberWest Charleston - Charleston, WV - Sep 28, 2019
West Virginia’s largest traditional German Octoberfest and among the largest craft beer festivals in the state. After a record-setting attendance of 2,200 in 2018, another exciting year is expected with more local West Side businesses participating this year. Sample over 100 craft brews, and several limited Octoberfest and German varieties, and listen to three incredible bands at this year’s festival. Stein holding, keg rolling, and best traditional dress contests will return! It’s all about the craft brews, local foods, and live music!
Bluefield Oktoberfest in the Park - Bluefield, WV - Sep 28, 2019
Unlimited samples of craft beer and cider, food trucks, live music from Space Monkey and The Sauerkraut Band.
Oktoberfest Pipestem - Pipestem, WV - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
This is their 4th Oktoberfest and every year it gets bigger and bigger. With local craft beer and a little addition this year – a Bourbon tasting for those with a different taste palate, and a full bar if bourbon or beer aren’t your favorites.
Buffalo Oktoberfest - Buffalo, WV - Oct 19, 2019
Terra Cafe Oktoberfest - Morgantown, WV - Oct 26, 2019
Featuring cuisine by Sargasso’s own Austrian Chef Thomas Metzler, live music performance, entertainment and all the beer in boots you can handle. Ticket includes admission to event, unlimited access to food buffet, and entertainment. Seating is first come, first served. Reserved seating can be secured by purchasing a VIP ticket
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.
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.
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