October is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is cooling down, baseball’s post-season is getting started, and my weekends are now devoted to football and pork.  Our area does a great job of celebrating this time of year by hosting a ton of Oktoberfest events. This year is no exception, and many annual events are bigger and better and would make Christian Heurich himself proud.

Take a look at this year’s lineup!

September 23 – 24

Das Best Oktoberfest – National Harbor, Maryland

September 24


MadFox 2nd Annual Oktoberfest – Falls Church, Virginia

October 8

Capitol Brewing Company hosts the 12th Annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest Festival – Shirlington, Virginia

October 15

Rustico 5th Annual Oktoberfest Block Party – Alexandria, VA

9/23-24 Das Best Oktoberfest – National Harbor, Maryland

All The Show Features Are Under Cover- so Rain or Shine- you are totally wunderbar!  As you enter the show, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting mug and six beer tokens.  (VIP is unlimited drinks)  For those who like to drink more, you are welcome to purchase more tokens ($1 each), just drink responsibly. There is nothing worse than a professional person (dressed in a German outfit) slurring their words as they sing drinking songs!

There will be lots of the best international beers and wines and lots of Oompah bands to enjoy your favorite German drinking songs. You can also enjoy the sausages, potato cakes, sour beef, schnitzel and other great German classics!  Is that a snitzengruben I smell?!?

Other great festival foods will be there, as well.  If the food and the drinks aren’t enough then go to the Main Stage and enjoy the great music.  Or check out the Oompah Bands on the German Stage.

For those of you who are “big” enough …win big cash in the Best Beer Belly Competition

There is something for everyone!

More Info Here: Tickets / Beer List

9/24 – MadFox 2nd Annual Oktoberfest – Falls Church, Virginia

Mad Fox kicks off the second weekend of Munich Oktoberfest with a celebration in the City of Falls Church. They’ll be tapping their own Oktoberfest Lager and featuring Oktoberfest themed food specials. The band Shag will play from 1PM to 5PM. Food specials they have planned so far include:


Fried Sausage and Sauerkraut Balls Appetizer
Bamberg Onions Appetizer
Roasted Beet Salad
Sauerbraten with Gingersnap Sauce Entrée
Schnitzel and Spaetzle Entrée
Horseradish, Apple and Sour Cream Crusted Flounder

More Info Here

10/8 – Capitol Brewing Company Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest – Shirlington, Virginia

Local Brew Pub Will Present More Than 100 Beers
Including the Popular Seasonal Favorites Oktoberfest Lager and Pumpkinator Ale

***Oktoberfest Food Served and Authentic German Folk Music
Provided by Local DJ Exclusively Entertainment***

Willkommen! Lift a stein and celebrate fall. Washingtonians, beer aficionados and visitors alike are gearing up for Capitol City Brewing Company’s twelfth annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest Beer Festival (www.capcitybrew.com) at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington on Saturday, October 8 from 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m. (all beer taps close at 6:00 p.m.).

Following a tradition that started in the early 1880s in Munich, Germany, Capitol City’s Oktoberfest is celebrating its twelfth triumphant year and anticipates more than 8,500 revelers to drink and sample more than 100 different beers of the world’s great ales and lagers from 40 different DC-area breweries that will provide two different beer styles.

Ticket sales are limited to the first 8,500 guests. Capitol City Brewing Co. will serve traditional German favorites including bratwurst, sauerkraut and corndogs and will feature popular seasonal brew favorites: Oktoberfest Lager and Pumpkinator Ale. Authentic German music will be spun by a local DJ favorite Exclusively Entertainment. Admission is $25 for ten drink tickets (one general admission pass per person) and free for non-drinkers. Additional drink tickets will be sold for $1 a piece with a five-ticket minimum.

Twelfth Annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest Beer Festival *Oktoberfest 2011 will be held rain or shine*

More Info Here

10/15 – Rustico 5th Annual Oktoberfest Block Party

Rustico’s Oktobeerfest celebration returns for a 5th year of brewed bliss. The raucous Alexandria block party is set to outdo seasons past this year, with more beers, Germanic tastes and revelry for all with music, a wine and bubbly garden, family-friendly activities from Buzz Bakery and the chance to win an all-expense paid, craft brewery getaway to Colorado.

Oktobeerfest will be pouring an impressive lineup of 50 domestic and international craft beers – all on draft – carefully sourced by Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Beer Director Greg Engert. Experienced Oktobeerfest guests may want to shine those pint glasses for a taste of the brand new Oktoberfest brews from local beermakers Port City and Lost Rhino, as well as Flying Dog’s brand new The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Also available this year, will be some amazing European selections including Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse served in an Oak-Clad Gravity keg and Kräusen from Schlenkerla Smokebeer and rare treats such as Southern Tier Pumking, Evolution Jacques au Lantern, and The Bruery Autumn Maple will be flowing all afternoon.

A spread of German-inspired foods will be prepared by Rustico Executive Chef Steve Mannino. Hearty, seasonal dishes such as butternut squash soup, braised pork shoulder with red cabbage, and wild boar stroganoff will be offered alongside beer-friendly favorites like fried schnitzel and sausage sandwiches, roasted turkey legs and giant pretzels with mustard and cheese sauce.

More Info Here