Celebrate Oktoberfest in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia

Come out and have a good time with local celebrations of Oktoberfest. Various festivals run most weekends until middle of October. Photo: Oktoberfest/ AP photo

WASHINGTON, September 27, 2013 — Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair that is officially held every year in Munich, Germany. It originated as a celebration for the wedding of King Ludwig in which the citizens of Munich were invited to attend.

The festival was such a success that it was decided to make it an annual tradition. Today it is a 17 day festival of German food and beer which celebrates the culture of the Bavarian region of Germany.

Over 6 million people will travel to Munich this year to celebrate “die Wiesn” but there are many similar celebrations in the Washington D.C. region for those who are not planning on being among them.

Blob’s Park Oktoberfest:

Date: Every Saturday night between September 21 – October 26

Time: 7:30 p.m., Cost: $12

8024 Max Blobs Park Road, Jessup, Maryland

This German beer garden stocks more than 80 different brews. It claims to be an American family tradition since 1933 making it the home of the first American Oktoberfest. On Oktoberfest nights there are German bands and food to enjoy.

Das Best Oktoberfest D.C.:

Date: September 27 – 28

Time: Friday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cost: Friday $59, Saturday $45, Designated Driver ticket $25

The National Harbor

All you care to taste of 150 different beers and schnapps. All features are undercover this year so there are no cancellations for rain. Authentic oompah and polka bands will be providing entertainment and there will be German sausages for sale. Best Beer belly and Miss Oktoberfest contests are scheduled for Saturday for a chance to win cash prizes.

Friday’s ticket will include a sausage dinner and a boot stein with admission.

Saturday’s ticket will include a souvenir tasting glass.

Frederick Oktoberfest:

Date: September 28 – 29

Time: Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $5 online $10 souvenir mug $20 bag of tokens. Add $5 for cost at gate

Frederick Fairgrounds, East Patrick Street, Frederick Maryland

This is a huge festival whose proceeds go to help local charities. There is live music, German food, Bier garden and games. This is a family friendly event and there will be a children’s area with events to keep them occupied as well. There will be a football tent with two big screen projection T.V.’s showing college football games on Saturday and NFL on Sunday. Beer will cost 5 – 12 tokens depending on size and “premium”.

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest:

Open to the public

Dates: October 3 – 6,

Times & Cost: Thursday 6-10 p.m. $15, Friday 6 – midnight $25, Saturday noon – midnight $30, Sunday noon – 8 p.m. $25

Sunday, Active duty and family members will receive a discount, tickets $15

Freemont Field, off Rt.1, Ft. Belvoir Virginia

Come and enjoy a four day festival with German food, beverages, music and dancing. There is a carnival, a volksmarch, 10K, children’s activities and a vendor market. New this year will include an adult’s only tent, Krazy Krieger 5K challenge, Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest and a best dressed challenge.

Food and drinks are available for an additional charge but there is a free shuttle to the site.

Oktoberfest at Capitol City Brewing Company:

Dates: October 5, 2013

Time & Cost: Noon – 7 p.m. $25 for beer samplers, non-drinkers are free

The local brewery invites the public to enjoy over 100 beers from more than 50 breweries at the Village of Shirlington in Arlington, Virginia.

There will be German foods and some seasonal brews as well as local microbrews. The festival will also include authentic German music.

Admission comes with a sampling glass and ten tasting tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1.

Oktoberfest Reston:

Dates: October 11 – 13

Times: Friday 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: $20 for 24 food tickets

Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, Virginia

This festival that will provide samples of fall beers and traditional Oktoberfest foods. There will be live music, a chili cook off and a full scale carnival. All you can ride wristbands can be purchased for $25 for Saturday October 12.

Oktoberfest at Kentlands:

Date: October 13

Time: Noon – 5 p.m.

Admission and parking are free

Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland

This Oktoberfest is a family friendly event. There is a traditional bier garden, foot vendors and German bands and Bavarian dancers. There will also be horse drawn carriage rides, crafters, demonstrations and a children’s craft area.

Das Best Oktoberfest, Baltimore:

Date: October 19

Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: $35 advance/ $45 at door

Under a grand tent at M & T Stadium parking lots in Baltimore

This Oktoberfest will have great German food for purchase, over 150 beers for sampling (included in ticket price), oompah bands as well as other live music and contests for cash prizes including best beer belly, Miss Oktoberfest and the pretzel necklace contest.

Snallygaster DC:

Date: October 19

Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: $30

Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington DC

The snallygaster is a mythical dragon-like creature believed to like in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Maryland. The snallygaster was brought to the region by German immigrants in the 1700s. it is also a drink made of Mountain Dew and vanilla ice cream and an Oktoberfest festival in Washington D.C.

There will be at least 150 craft beers, food trucks, music, entertainment and family games.

Admission will include 25 food and drink tickets and an official Snallygaster beer mug. Full beers will run between 5 – 9 tickets, beer tastes are 3 – 6 tickets. Food is priced individually. Additional tickets can be purchased $1 = 1 ticket.


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