Get ready to dust off your lederhosen and raise your beer steins because Oktoberfest season has started.  And, lucky for us, Northern Virginia offers many options to celebrate this cherished Bavarian tradition. From traditional bratwurst and pretzels to lively music and, of course, plenty of beer, Oktoberfest in Northern Virginia promises many unforgettable experiences. In this guide, we’ll take you through the Top 5 Oktoberfest events in Northern Virginia, complete with locations and dates. So, let’s dive in and discover where the fun is happening!

Lovettsville Oktoberfest

Location: Lovettsville Town Green, Lovettsville, VA 20180

Date: September 22-23, 2023

Details: Now in its 27th year (yep, you read that right), the Lovettsville Oktoberfest is THE place to be September 22-23!  You’ll experience a weekend filled with Bavarian charm, mouth watering food, lively music, and an abundance of fun – including Wiener Dog Races and Stein Hoisting Competitions!

There are plenty of things to do for the whole family and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Oktoberfest at The Boro

Location: The Boro, Tysons, VA 22182

Date: October 23, 2023

Details: Experience a modern twist on Oktoberfest at The Boro in Tysons.

Das Bier Bash offers a fusion of authentic German cuisine and contemporary entertainment. Savor local and imported beers, listen to live music, explore the biergarten, and shop at the artisan market. It’s Oktoberfest with a Northern Virginia flair!

The first 150 people to arrive will receive their very own branded beer mug.

Oktoberfest in Vienna, Virginia

Location: Historic Church Street, Vienna, VA

Date: October 7, 2023

Details: This year’s event features live entertainment on three stages, plenty of amazing beer to try, and traditional German food. In addition, there will be plenty of free activities  for the kids and an artisan marketplace.

Shuttle service is available. Admission is free.

Oktoberfest American Kickoff at Shipgarten

Location: McLean, VA 22102

Date: October 7, 2023

Details: Shipgarten is kicking off Oktoberfest season with a bang!

There will be LOTS of activities involving apples including an apple bobbing competition, pie toss and pie eating contest. Not only will beer be offered (over 50 to choose from!) but wine and several varieties of spiked apple cider will be available as well. You can also expect amazing food and treats including apple donuts and competitions, giveaways and prizes.

This is a pet friendly event and admission is free.

Shuttle service and valet parking available. Conveniently located close to the McLean metro station.

Doener Bistro’s 16th Annual Oktoberfest

Location: Doener Bistro, Leesburg, VA 20175

Date: September 29 – Oct 1, 2023

Details: Enjoy German Bands, Djs and Oktoberfest Bier from over 10 German Breweries! There’s amazing food to be had at the Bavarian Food Bar, live music and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy! Doener Bistro is owned, run and organized by Germans so your experience will be truly authentic.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

That’s a roundup of the top 5 Oktoberfest events in Northern Virginia for 2023, complete with locations and dates. Whether you prefer a traditional Bavarian experience or a modern twist on the festivities, Northern Virginia has something for everyone.

Don’t miss out on the chance to immerse yourself in the rich culture, delicious food, and fantastic beer that Oktoberfest has to offer.

Mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready for a memorable Oktoberfest celebration in Northern Virginia — Prost!

Looking for more fun things to try? Check out our blog from last week here!