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Kids will love the free carnival and sports games, pony rides, face painting and inflatables. (Image: Courtesy Lovettsville Oktoberfest)

9 Lederhosen-worthy Oktoberfest celebrations in the DMV

Don't worry if you can't make it to Germany this year to celebrate Oktoberfest, because the DMV has a slew of exciting Oktoberfest events with great beer, live music, dance and fantastic food. It’s enough to make someone with German ancestry feel right at home. As an added bonus, some of the events benefit local charities and neighborhood celebrations, so drink up and enjoy!


District Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 29

District Oktoberfest takes you on a tour of some of Dupont Circle’s best venues – Buffalo Billiards, Front Page, MadHatter, and more. Grab an Oktoberfest beer at each to compare, and don't skimp on the food to keep you going. But make sure you're dressed right as there's a prize for Best Dressed.

Oktoberfest River Cruise
Saturday, October 6, 13, 20

Take to the water to enjoy Oktoberfest as you travel along the Potomac River with autumn's beauty providing a perfect backdrop to the monuments. Enjoy pumpkin beers, local ciders, signature seasonal cocktails, sweets and treats.

Snallygaster D.C.
Saturday, October 13

This festival salutes craft beer with 120+ of the world’s finest breweries pouring more than 350 small-batch, highly sought after brews on draft from American and International producers. Of course there will be food trucks, live music, food vendors, DJ performances and lots of family-friendly activities.


Crystal City Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 29

Come to Crystal City’s Oktoberfest where there will be over 100 craft beers from more than 50 regional craft breweries, plus ciders, wines, sausages, pretzels and food trucks. There will be live entertainment from local bands and a German Ooompah band as well.

Lovettsville Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 29

Lovettsville has a rich German heritage and it’s on display at their Oktoberfest, with authentic German cuisine, traditional Bavarian music and dance, street performers, Wiener dog races, beer and wine. Kids will love the free carnival and sports games, pony rides, face painting and inflatables.

Hoppy Oktoberfest at Mad Fox Brewing Company
Saturday, October 6

For one Saturday, the Market Square is turned into an Oktoberfest Biergarden, where you can taste a large selection of hoppy beers from Virginia’s finest breweries and traditional German beers. Enjoy the live music, delicious food and fun for the whole family.

Oktoberfest Vienna
Saturday, October 6

Celebrate Oktoberfest with food, dancing demos, a beer garden, a German automobile showcase, live entertainment including 15 bands and popular kid's band Rocknoceros. Take a polka lesson, compete in the chicken dance or participate in a German sing-along.


Frederick Oktoberfest
Friday & Saturday, September 28 – 29

Hit the Flying Dog tent for some great beers, such as The Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Dogtoberfest. Feast on brat (meat or veggie), Jaegerschnitzel (beef), potato salad, sauerkraut, jumbo pretzels and strudel. Don’t miss the German genealogy workshop.

Das Best Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 13

Enjoy more than 150 local, domestic and international beers, wines and schnapps, German food, polka and oompah bands, chicken dancing and live music from regional bands. Stick around for the announcement of Miss Oktoberfest and the winner of the "Best Beer Belly" contest.