Many communities in the Washington, DC area hold Oktoberfests, a local version of the famous fall festival held each year in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest is a family fun event focused on German beer, food, music and dancing. Here is the schedule of Oktoberfests in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. (In order by date)
Blob's Park Oktoberfest
September 21-October 27, 2013. 8024 Max Blob's Park Rd. Jessup, Maryland. Known for America's first Oktoberfest! Most bands starts at 7:30-8 p.m. Great family fun with good food and friends. Admission: $8-12.
September 21-22, 2013. New this year! Head to Washington DC’s Chinatown bars RFD, Penn Social, Rocket Bar, Iron Horse, Fado, Bar Louie, Capitol City Brewing Company and Redline for beer specials and entertainment. Admission: $37-70. A portion of the proceeds will go to the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation and Dreams for Kids DC.
Biergarten Haus Oktoberfest
September 21, 2013. 1355 H St NE Washington, DC. The Bavarian pub offers their regular 12 drafts and 11 additional Oktoberfest drafts, food and live music.
Das Best Oktoberfest
September 27-28, 2013. National Harbor, MD. The outdoor festival will include over 100 unique beers, German wines and schnapps, German foods and other festival goodies, Oompah bands, live music, contests and much more. Admission: $39-45, Children ages 12 and under are free.
September 27-29, 2013. In celebration of the town's German heritage, the community in Loudoun County, Virginia celebrates Oktoberfest with food, crafts, and entertainment.
Bar Dupont’s Oktoberfest
September 28–October 6, 2013. Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. Washington DC. The popular Dupont Circle bar will transform its outdoor patio into a Biergarten serving German favorites like Paulaner Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest, Pilsner and Spaten as well as German specialties from the grill like soft pretzels, sausages and mustards, and traditional garnishes. Live German bands Liab Und Schneid, The Polka Brothers and Continentals of Washington, DC will play on select days. Daily beginning at 12:00 p.m.
September 28-29, 2013, Saturday: 11 – 10 p.m., Sunday 11 – 6 p.m. Frederick Fairgrounds, East Patrick St., Frederick, Maryland. Huge Oktoberfest with live music, kid's games, German foods, Biergarten and family fun. Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at the gate. Children ages 2 and under are free.
Sandy Spring Museum Oktoberfest
September 28, 2013, 6:30 -10:30 p.m. 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD. The fall festival celebrates locally-brewed beers, food, and fun with live music, dancing, and a chance to win a week’s stay at a French chateau in a live auction. Admission $55 through September 15, $65 after.
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest
October 3-6, 2013. Located off of Rt. 1 in Fairfax County, Virginia, The annual festival, open to the general public, includes authentic German food and beer, carnival rides, live entertainment, kids activities and more.
October 5, 2013, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. New Location this year, Clarksburg, Maryland. The festival includes live music, kid's games, German foods, Biergarten and family fun.
Oktoberfest at Capitol City Brewing Company
October 5, 2013, 12-7 p.m. Shirlington Village, Arlington, Virginia. Sample more than 60 beers and a variety of foods, while enjoying lively German entertainment. Admission: $25. Shirlington library will host kid’s events.
Dawson’s Market Oktoberfest
October 5, 2013, 12-5 p.m. New this year! 225 N. Washington St., Rockville, MD. The event includes live music, German inspired food and beer plus a moon bounce for kids. The event is free to visit and you can purchase beer and food as you like.
October 11-13, 2013. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, Virginia. Sample the best in fall brews and traditional Oktoberfest fare provided by some of Reston's finest eateries. Live entertainment.
Oktoberfest at the Kentlands
October 13, 2013, noon – 5 p.m. Kentlands Village Green, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The City of Gaithersburg and the Kentlands Citizens Assembly sponsor this family friendly Oktoberfest featuring Bavarian music, dance, food, crafts, pony rides, moonbounces, pumpkin decorating, face painting and more.
October 19, 2013, 1-5 p.m. Union Market, 1309 5th St NE Washington, DC. The beer festival will feature more than 100 different ales and lagers, food vendors, live music, DJ’s, recreational and family-friendly activities. Admission contributions will benefit the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Drink and food tickets will be sold separately.