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Where to celebrate Oktoberfest around DC – Washingtonian | Gmx Pharm

If you’ve never had the chance to witness a ceremonial keg tapping, Oktoberfest is the time. This is how local spots celebrate the German festival.

Atlas Brew Works
1201 Half Street, SE
This brewery’s Navy Yard location is throwing a party to celebrate the release of their Marzen Lager Festbier Thursday, 09/15. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests can drink bottomless beer, wine and liquor. Tickets range from $30 to $40 and come with a souvenir mug.

miracle garden
1101 First St., NE
Celebrate the eighth annual Oktoberfest at one of DC’s premier German beer spots. The tapping ceremony begins Friday, 09/16 More events will follow in the coming weeks. On Sundays, the Yappy Hour for Dogtoberfest is up Monday, October 10th. Folk musicians and DJs perform on Friday nights. And don’t miss any PRIDEtober events Saturday, 17th of September and Thursday, October 6th. Expect beers from some of Germany’s oldest breweries, non-stop entertainment, and plenty of German food.

Photo courtesy of Miracle Garden.

The Boro
8350 Broad St., Tysons
Visit Sandlot Tysons for themed crafts, outdoor games, a glitter tattoo station, and of course, celebratory food and drink Saturday, 09/17. Visitors can also watch a polka concert by the TKO Band. The free event runs from 2pm to 5pm, but be sure to register here. The first 150 visitors will receive a free commemorative mug.

Other half Brewing DC
1401 Okie St., NW
Don’t miss your chance for limited edition t-shirts, exclusive beers and Oktoberfest mugs at this NYC Ivy City brewery outpost. On Saturday, 17th of SeptemberPatrons can expect German beers on tap, lifting competitions, food, entertainment and more.

Hello Lawn
1309 Fifth St., NE
Union Market’s rooftop bar hosts Lawntoberfest, which begins on Saturday, 17th of September. On Saturday, September 24th An Oktoberfest party features grilled bratwurst and pretzels, music by DJ Lemz (4pm to 7pm), mug raising and a variety of local festival beers. Trivia on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. will be dedicated to an Oktoberfest theme Monday, October 3. And look out for live music from 6pm to 8pm Thursday, September 22nd and Thursday, 09/29. All events are free to attend.

The Midlands
3333 Georgia Avenue, NW
This beer garden and sports bar in Park View introduces its beer and food specialties Saturday, 17th of September. There will be specialty beers, $12 steins, three different lifting contests and prizes. Also try local Oktoberfest beers alongside their German counterparts. The celebrations go on Monday, October 3.

Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Step into this German dining room on Capitol Hill for the 38th Oktoberfest celebrations. The celebrations, including a special dinner menu, begin on Saturday, 17th of September. On selected Sundays there is a Bavarian brunch Sunday, October, 16th. And further Saturday, 09/24 and Saturday October 8th Look out for roast pork from 12pm to 2pm. All customers who show up in Bavarian attire from head to toe can expect a free schnapps.

Dacha beer garden
1600 Seventh St., NW & 79 Potomac Ave., SE
At noon Saturday, 09/17, visit the Shaw location of this beer garden for a ceremonial keg tapping. Then, make a beeline for the Navy Yard branch for an afternoon of Bavarian merriment. In addition to beer and food, there will be a live performance by Manuela Horn (from America’s Got Talent). The fun continues over the next few weeks with more music, a German spelling bee, and a pretzel-eating contest. Anyone who comes in costume gets a free beer from the traditional barrel.

Photo courtesy of Dacha Beer Garden

Gießhaus old town
212 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg
up Saturday, 09/17, this craft brew spot will showcase a selection of German dishes along with beers to celebrate the season. On the menu: currywurst, pork schnitzel and crispy pork belly spaetzle.

Cheers DC
919 Fifth St., NW
Celebrations begin at this German location in Mount Vernon Triangle Saturday, 17th of September with ceremonial tapping of wooden barrels, then until the first half of October. Pupoberfest, where dogs can win pup-themed prizes and treats, is held Monday, 09/19 On Thursday, 09/22 the Pfanner apple festival celebrates German cider. Other events include live music and beer jar lifting competitions.

blue jacket
300 Tingey St, SE
This Navy Yard beer spot is tapping seven German-inspired beers for the Oktoberfest party Saturday, 17th of September. Buy a large sized beer and get a limited edition stein. Stay indoors and out for live oom-pah music and Bavarian snacks.

German-American local history museum
719 Sixth St., NW
The German-American Heritage Museum cooperates with the International Club of DC Friday, 09/23 for an evening of German beer, food and live alpine folk music. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets range from $65 to $85. For an additional $20 you can learn the polka and waltz.

Bronson Bierhall
4100 Fairfax Dr., Arlington
It’s party time at this Ballston pub Saturday, 09/24 including beer tasting from Weihenstephaner, Port City and Paulaner. The staff begins with a traditional wooden barrel tapping, and there is live music throughout the day. Tickets range from $16 to $48 and the party runs from 11 a.m. to midnight.

The Great Oktoberfest DC
1880 Second St., SW
Project DC Events hosts one of the borough’s most ambitious Oktoberfest events alongside Audi Field Saturday, 09/24. General admission guests can participate in a three-hour, unlimited beer tasting, then check out games, music, and a selection of food trucks. VIP ticket holders get an additional hour of beer tasting and extra liquor. The event lasts from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $45 and $60.

the wharf
101 District Square, SW
This year, the Southwest DC neighborhood is hosting a weekend of Oktoberfest activities. On Friday, 09/30, stop by the Transit Pier for free polka lessons. On Saturday October 1st, celebrating the 10th Annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash. On Sunday, October 2nd, find out if you have what it takes to win this afternoon’s pitcher-lifting competition. Celebrate all weekend with costumes, Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer and Bavarian specialties from participating restaurants.

Vienna Oktoberfest
131 Kirchenstrasse, NE, Vienna
The Virginia suburb has put together a number of outdoor performances and activities, all of which are taking place Saturday October 1st at three different stations along historic Church Street. In addition to beer and food, there will be German dance music, performances by local organizations and children’s activities in the Town Green. The free festival starts at 11am and ends at 7pm.

Peter Njoroge

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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