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Awesome Autumn: Oktoberfest Celebrations in Virginia

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Along with the much anticipated fall foliage, fall fashion, and pumpkin spice lattes, there another part of fall that many individuals look forward to as well—Oktoberfest. Complete your autumn Virginia adventure with a stay at one of our InnVirginia B&Bs and a visit to one of these upcoming Oktoberfest festivals:



Oktoberfest 2015, Martinsville, October 3

Uptown Martinsville has been celebrated this free annual event for 36 years now! Get ready for a day of live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and more. (InnVirginia Lodging: Mountain Rose Inn)



Oktoberfest – Reedville
, October 10

“Bratwursts, brews, and oompah-pahs will spice up the waterfront village of Fleeton just outside of Reedville.” What can you expect to find at Reedville’s Oktoberfest? Sizzling German sausage, frothy German brews, Bavarian music, polka dancing, corn hole, and baked goods for sale. (InnVirginia Lodging: Fleeton Fields B&B, Ma Margaret’s House)



restonoktoberfestOktoberfest Reston, October 10-11

Oktoberfest Reston is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival and promises German food, live music, beer tasting, and a Pumpkin 5K race. Don’t miss these two days of fall run at the Reston Town Center! (InnVirginia Lodging: Bennett House Bed & Breakfast, Middleburg Country Inn)




richmondoktoberfestRichmond Oktoberfest, October 16-17

“German customs and culture have thrived here for decades and still do.” Richmond, VA’s Oktoberfest celebrations happen to be part of the “largest German / American Oktoberfest festival in the state of Virginia, playing host to nearly 5,000 people over the two day indoor event.” From the live music to the bratwurst and potato pancakes, you’ll love this celebration of autumn and Germany. (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, The Tinder Guest House)


Happy Oktoberfest!


Beer Steins, Sauerkraut, and Lederhosen: Oktoberfest in Va

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The arrival of autumn elicits a myriad of festivals that celebrate the changing colors of the leaves, the harvest, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and Halloween. Arguably, none of these are as well-celebrated as Oktoberfest.

The name “Oktoberfest” probably conjures up images of lederhosen, sausage, sauerkraut, and huge steins of frothy beer. These are relatively accurate (with the possible exception of lederhosen) to Virginia’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Oktoberfest may have “October” in the name, but many of the festivities in Virginia actually begin mid-September, which is appropriate and reminiscent of the original Oktoberfest, which is “a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.”

Overall, Oktoberfest not only revels in the accomplishments of breweries near and far, but it also a celebration of German heritage—traditional dances, traditional food, traditional clothing, etc.. Also, many of the festivals have kid-friendly activities, making them an excellent option for the entire family. Whether you are a lover of beer, a prideful member of the German people, or simply an individual who likes a good festival, then you can certainly find a Virginia Oktoberfest to oblige your beer-based merrymaking:

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest International Arts and Crafts Festival, Martinsville, VA

October 6, 2012, Octoberfest at Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest 2012, Vienna, VA

October 26-27, 2012, Richmond Oktoberfest, Richmond, VA

“Oktoberfest is a celebration, and craft brewers in the U.S. have earned the respect of the world. Brewers make special beers to fit the occasion.” –Ray Daniels

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By Tara Stoll