If you can’t make it to Munich, home to the original Oktoberfest, you can still enjoy one of the world’s best beer festivals right here in Loudoun: the 26th annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest on Sept. 27-28.
Originally established by German settlers in the early 1700s, Lovettsville celebrates its heritage with an annual volksfest that includes authentic German cuisine, live music, street performers, and of course, a Biergarten on The Green at Walker Pavilion.
The two-day festival opens Friday with a preview event that includes a Lions Club dinner, Oktoberfest Royalty Competition, live music by Ghost Pepper, and a Bohemian Rhapsody singalong.
The party launches on Saturday with a chicken dance by the Oktoberfest King and Queen, featuring a host of entertainment including traditional Bavarian music and dance, a polka band, wiener dog races, a roving organ grinder, live performances by The Reagan Years and Teddy Chipouras, and a half-mile of arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. For a full schedule and map of the festival, visit lovettsvilleoktoberfest.com.
But you don’t have to wait until the end of the month to break out the lederhosen; several Oktoberfest celebrations are taking place around the county Saturday, Sept. 14:
- Twinpanzee hosts Da BEST Oktoberfest 2019 from 12-9 p.m. with live music and the release of their the “Marzen Monkeys” Oktoberfest lager. Collectible mugs will be given to the first 100 customers. Click here for details.
- Lost Rhino Retreat celebrates with RhinO’fest 2019, featuring the release of seasonal beers including their gold medal-winning RhinoFest Marzen Lager. Got lederhosen? Enter the Traditional German Clothing Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Limited edition 1-liter beer steins will be sold, as well as authentic German fare including bratwurst, pork roast, Bavarian pretzels, German potato salad and more. Click here for details.
- Doener Bistro invites everyone to help crown their King of Oktoberfest at the season opener of their two-weekend festival. Votes are cast by drinking pints of beer, which you can enjoy while listening to music by Lost Lederhosen. Click here for details.
And there are plenty of other Oktoberfest events later in September and, of course, in October:
- 2019 Oktoberfest at Black Walnut Brewery
- Black Hoof Brewing Oktoberfest
- Second Annual Oktoberfest Flea Market at Ocelot Brewing
- Middleburg Oktoberfest
Oct. 4-6: Sept. 27-29: Oktoberfest + Beer Release at Dirt Farm Brewing
Oct. 5: Oktoberfest at House 6