You don’t have to be in Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest. Communities across the United States hold local versions of the famous fall festival, which is held each year in Munich. The world’s largest Volkfest may not be in Washington, D.C., but the U.S. capital boasts a slew of similar events from September to October with plenty of German beer, food, music and dancing. So wear your best dirndl or lederhosen and get ready to celebrate German culture in the District. Below is a schedule featuring four fun Oktoberfest events in Washington.
Biergartenhaus Oktoberfest – 1355 H Street NE: Beginning Friday and continuing through October, this Bavarian pub is offering their regular 12 drafts plus an additional 11 Oktoberfest drafts along with festive food, live music and dancing.
Heurich House Museum Oktoberfest – 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW: Museumgoers can listen to traditional German music while touring the so-called Brewmaster Castle on Saturday. The museum is celebrating Christian Heurich’s German heritage with brats, pretzels, polka music and eight local beers on tap from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
District Oktoberfest – various locations: Explore various Chinatown venues in the District with an Oktoberfest weekend bar crawl this weekend. Participants will visit a range of bars in the area including R.F.D., Iron Horse and Penn Social. Tickets range from $45 to $80 and they include one premium 12-ounce Oktoberfest beer at each venue. Bar crawlers also receive special prices on food and liquor pairings. A portion of all proceeds will go to local charities. Check your ticket for your check-in location.
Wunder Garten Oktoberfest – 150 M Street NE: This pop-up beer hall in the NoMa neighborhood has various Bavarian food, drink, music, dancing and entertainment throughout the week from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. Tickets, which cost $10, are only required for entry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.