Sep 24, 2023 - Food and Drink

Oktoberfest and other beer-filled events in the D.C. area

A group of four people dressed for Oktoberfest

Snallygaster festivalgoers. Photo courtesy of Leading DC

Oktoberfest is in full swing, and there are tons of beer-filled festivities through mid-October.

Why it matters: Crisp fall weekends are made for boots and brats.

What's happening: Drindels, pretzels, so much beer…

🐶 Dacha: The Shaw and Navy Yard beer gardens are celebrating with Bavarian food specials, "dogtoberfest" treats for pups, and special brews through Oct. 1.

🍻 Wunder Garten: NoMa's huge outdoor beer garden goes all-out for Oktoberfest with Märzen-style brews, food specials, and nonstop events like Bavarian beer Olympics through Oct. 15.

🎃 Hi-Lawn: Pumpkin picking and painting are just part of the fall fun on tap at "Lawntoberfest" (Sept. 29-Oct.1), a weekend-long party at Union Market's massive rooftop bar — plus Oktoberfest beers, brats, and a pop-up sweets shop from Ravenhook Bakehouse. Admission is free and kids are welcome.

👶 Pike & Rose: Looking for a kid- and dog-friendly Oktoberfest? North Bethesda's fall festival on Oct. 1 boasts a beer garden, family activities, a craft market, and more (plus, it's free).

🎉 Snallygaster: While not Oktoberfest per se, D.C.'s massive beer festival on Oct. 14 is the fall's biggest hop-fueled party. Expect 175+ local and international breweries, plus a kaleidoscope of other drinks (mead, cider, cocktails!), food trucks, and entertainment. Tickets start at $65.

🥨 Alexandria Bier Garden: 2-lb. pretzels are just the start at this Old Town beer garden, which is celebrating through early October with stein-hoisting contests, Oktoberfest brunches, live music, and a new rooftop bar.


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